Year 6


This week has been Mock SATs Week. Congratulations to all the year 6 children who worked hard to achieve their results. Overall, the results were outstanding and we are very pleased with the progress the children have made. Keep revising hard - only a week to go until the real SATs! 


We have agreed the design of our Year 6 Leavers Hoodies and they are now available to purchase online at:

Choices are: plain, two-tone or zipped hoodie in a choice of colours, with the option to add a name/nickname to the hoodie, from £16.75.

The children had the opportunity to try on age 12-13 in class on Friday and this seemed to fit the majority. A handful of children however felt that they needed the smaller size, age 9-11. Please check with your child.

Orders must be placed before 2nd May 2017.

An enormous thank you to Cath Williams (Saffy's mum) for organising the leavers hoodies for us.



There will be no 'set' homework over the Easter holidays. The children have identified areas they would like to revise during the holidays, and I would like them to continue to work through their revision books. Please ensure they give an equal amount of time to both comprehension, maths and SPaG.

When we return after the Easter break, we have nine days until the SATs commence.

The children are making great progress and I'm sure they will reap the benefits of all their hard work and efforts.

Thank you for all your encouragement and support this term.


A letter has gone home this week with transfer arrangements for Chipping Norton School. The Year 6 transition days are on Wednesday 28th June and Thursday 29th June.


Yesterday, half of the class stayed in school and used their sense to write about 'Chocolate,' whilst the other half went over to Henry Cornish Care Home do some printing with the residents. They sketched birds and then printed them - the results are fabulous. The children behaved impeccably, and the residents clearly enjoyed their company. Next week the groups will swop and the children working over at the Care Home will be making a collage with the residents.


Wow! Results in this week's arithmetic test show great progress. Please keep going with the revision – I think all of you can aim for a score in the high 30s, even 40/40! Not long to go now, and so proud of all the effort you are putting into our revision sessions. Aim high!

The Year 6 children will be visiting Horton hospital on Monday 15th May from 9:00-1:30pm. They will be visiting the hospital to learn emergency life skills. I need an additional parent volunteer to accompany me on this trip. Please could you send an email to the school office if you are free to help out.
Many thanks.


We had a great time on Wednesday with our Buddhist visitor, Srivati. We discussed five precepts which are important to Buddhists. We also took part in meditation and mindfulness, and explored various artefacts which are important to Buddhists, such as statues,Buddhist symbols and singing bowls.


Many thanks to the KS2 choir for their OUTSTANDING performance in the CNMF this morning. We received a "Highly Commended" award from the judges.
Thank you also to the parents for their support - it was an early start but well worth it! Thank you.


Welcome back. We have a seven week term ahead of us, and we are going to be working even harder in preparation for the SATs. We will however be having a few hours away from revision, and below are some date for your diaries:

28th February - Y6 Memory Book
8th March - Buddhist Visitor (to coincide with Multi-Faith week)
16th March - NSPCC workshop - 'Speak Out, Stay Safe.'
24th March - Comic Relief Day
8th-11th May - SATs week
15th May - Y6 visit to IMPS at Horton hospital
23rd May - Y6 WOW day. Sailing and water sports at Cotswolds Water Park.

The school has been awarded a community arts grant, and next Thursday, two artists will work closely with the Year 6 class to produce a design for the entrance hall windows.

The theme of the project is 'birds.' I would like the children to sketch, and collect images of birds (both real and imaginary). Please bring to school next Thursday.
If you have any polystyrene pizza bases, please save these too as they will be used to print with!

The artists will be working with the Year 6 class every Thursday afternoon until Easter. Therefore our outdoor PE session will be moved to a Monday afternoon. Please come to school wearing your full outdoor PE kit on a Monday.

Many thanks.


This week I have shared the assessment results with the children, and will share these with you at parents evening.
I chatted with the children on an individual basis, discussing their strengths, and areas to work on.
I will therefor not be setting any homework over half term but have asked the children to work through their revision books, paying particular attention to the areas that need further work. Please support your child with this and ensure that they are doing at least 30 mins revision everyday.
Many thanks.


This week the children have worked hard and completed their practice papers for maths (x3), reading comprehension, grammar and spelling. I am delighted to say that some children are already, "Secondary Ready," with a score exceeding 100. Others very close, and with some support in school and at home, will reach the 100 mark. I will share the results with you at parents evening. All the appointments have come home with your child today.

Have a restful weekend.


SPaG - 78 and 79

Maths - 34 and 35


This week is assessment week and we will be testing the children on a reading paper, an arithemetic paper and two maths reasoning papers. I will share the results with you at parents evening the week after half term. Please can you ensure that the children continue to revise using the CGP revision packs.



I can’t believe that we are already half way through this term. As always, it is a very busy and important term, as we begin to fully prepare for the End of Year Assessments (beginning on May 8th). I have been really impressed with how the children have embraced the challenges set and accepted their responsibilities so far, already having grown a great deal in confidence, independence and maturity – they have been and continue to be, an absolute joy to teach! Thank you for all your on-going support.



Reminder to complete your maths '5-a-day' homework this weekend, and return to school on Monday morning.

Homework for this week:
Maths p20 and p21
SPaG p72 and p73

Have a restful weekend.


This week I have introduced the children to a maths activity called 'Five- A- Day.' Each day, at the start of every maths lesson, the children will complete five calculation questions - these will be completed at the weekend too. Each booklet will need to be handed back to me on a Monday morning, when the children will receive their new booklet. I would appreciate your support in helping the children complete this task.
Many thanks.

Remember to check class Dojo for reminders about homework


Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for all your beautiful Christmas gifts and warm wishes - they were very much appreciated.
I am looking forward to a successful Spring term in Year 6.


A few reminders for the week ahead:
Carol Concert in Church on Wednesday at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.Please arrive back at school for 6pm.

Choir singing at the Co-op on Thursday morning at 9:45am.
Outdoor Games in the afternoon - come to school in your PE kit asusual.

Mass in Church at 9:00am led by Year 6 - all welcome.
Break up for Christmas at 12:30pm.


A few reminders/items required for next week:

White shirt or blouses need to be brought into school on a named hanger by Friday at the latest. (I have a clothes rail in the classroom where they will be hung).

Monday - A blank Christmas card and envelope to send to your French pen-pal. 
Kitchen roll or toilet roll tube to make a Christmas decoration.
Friday - wear a Christmas jumper or festive hat. 
Bring a cracker for Christmas lunch.
Swimming kit (and for some children, bring their pjs).


A busy week ahead of us. If your child is in the choir they will be recording carols for Radio Oxford on Tuesday after school - please collect from the Church at 4pm. We are also going to the panto on Thursday morning, and to CNS to see 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' on Friday afternoon. Collection is from the main hall at CNS at 3:20pm on Friday.


Class Dojo. Thank you for all signing up so quickly. The children will be posting photos of their work and sending you a message. I will try and incorporate this into daily lessons so that you are kept fully informed, and they can share their great work with you.



Thank you to all the parents who attended the consultation evening, and who have placed orders for SATs bundle busters. Revision books have been ordered, and will be sent home at the start of next week.

This week we have introduced the children to Class Dojo - if you have not already registered, please do so. The children are motivated by the app, and responding to the positve rewards.

Your child has also come home with a username and password for "Times Table Rock Star." Please register to use this app on your electronic devices at home. I would recommend ten minutes per day to ensure the children fully consolidate their times table and related division facts. It is a great fun way to learn maths!



What a fabulous term we've had, and an incredibly busy one too: residential, STEAM trip, French day, Art day, hockey competition, cross-country and football matches to name but a few events in our hectic Year 6 timetable! 

Next term we will be completing lots of SATs practice papers to ensure the children are fully prepared for their end of year assessements. If you haven't done so already, please return your "revision pack" order form before 4th November.  

I look forward to seeing you at Parent's Evening when I will be able to discuss your child's recent assessment results, and targets for improvement.

A reminder that maths homework (up to the end of test 12) is to be returned on Monday 31st October.


Another busy week! In maths we have been looking at quadrilaterals, classifying and identifying their propeties. In English we have made links to our science topic, and written about the Circulatory System. Today, the classroom was covered in blood - before you start to worry, it's a good thing! Ask your child to describe the experiment. And yes, we really did use Cheerios to represent the red blood cells. 

A reminder that 'Secondary School' application forms need to be submitted to Oxfordshire County Council before October 31st.

A letter has been sent home with a suggested revsion list for 'End Of Key Stage Assessment' books. If you could return your order to me, before 4th November, that would be greatly appreciated.  


Thank you to all of you who attended our assembly on Thursday. I hope you felt as proud of the children as I did - they are a wonderful bunch of talented individuals! 

This week we have looked closely at shape, in particular radius, diameter and circumference. Please ask your child if they can tell you what is the realtionship between the radius and diameter? 

In English we have been inspired by our trip to STEAM. In the role of evacuees, we have written formal letters home to our mothers. Several letters were very powerful, and really captured the emotions of an evacuee. Well done to all. 



A reminder that we are visting STEAM museum in Swindon on Monday. Children will need to come to school dressed as evacuees, and have a packed lunch in a disposable carrier plus an additional drink.  If the weather is dry and mild, please leave your coats at home - we do not leave the museum so will be warm and dry throughout the day. We will leave school promptly at 9:00am and be back for 3pm. 

If your child needs an inhaler, please bring it to school on Monday. Likewise if your child suffers from travel sickness please ensure they have had their tablet before 8:30am.

A reminder that maths and SPaG homework is due every Tuesday. Several children are forgetting, and it is important that by year 6, children are becoming more organised and independent. 

Have a restful weekend.


What a wonderful week of adventures we had on our residential trip to Yenworthy. I hope you've had time to look at the DVD, and that your child has shared their personal achievements with you. The staff at the Yenworthy centre commented on the children's positive attitude; their behaviour and their enthusiasm for tasks. Apparently, we were the best class they had had this year! It was also wonderful to be stopped by a member of the public at the service station on our way to Yenworthy, who again commented on the children's exceptional behaviour. Mrs Allcock. Miss Allcock and I are incredibly proud of each and every one of our Year 6s. 

I hope your child gets lots of rest this weekend - I suspect they'll be very tired. I know I am! 


Only two more days remaining until our trip to Yenworthy! Please make sure you arrive at school on Monday morning for 7:30am, and bring a snack, drink and your lunch in a lunchbox. Miss Allcock will be on the door collecting your purse (so make sure you haven't packed it deep in your suitcase).

Wishing you a restful weekend, and remember to get plenty of sleep, ready for the adventures ahead of you!


Welcome to Year 6. The children have returned after the summer break full of enthusiasm, eager to learn, and committed to working hard. We have had a fabulous week, and I am already very proud of the way they have risen to their roles and responsibilties in Year 6. Keep up the great attitude, behaviour and effort.

Letters have been sent home detailing housekeeping arrangements; our forthcoming trip to STEAM; Yenworthy kit list reminder, and a pack for parents to read and sign. Please return to the school office asap. (if you have not received any of this information, please let the school office know, and I will organise another copy).

Finally, I have introduced the children to a key concept which is growth mindset based on the work of Carol Dweck. Rather than simply praising success, I praise effort and persistence.

What Is Growth Mindset?

The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to constructive criticism.Description:

He/she takes feedback and uses it, takes on new challenges, pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance.

Studies show that it is people with a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset) who achieve in life, are successful in all they do and are happy. Of course, this is exactly what we want for all our children.

Here in Year 6, I believe the best thing to do is to teach children to love challenges; be intrigued by mistakes; enjoy effort, and keep on learning. 

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Best wishes,

Wendy Smart



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