Year Six

Summer Term 2019
Hold on tight – the Summer Term is action-packed and before you know it, you’ll be celebrating the end of Primary School, wondering what just happened!

We have started our term with great excitement and a morning with French pupils, practising our French linguistic skills and sharing information about where we come from – as well as the odd song and dance. We are looking forward to many more fulfilling learning experiences yet to come! There will be lots of hard work, fun and frolics and even a tiny sense of anticipation as their chapter at Prep draws to a close and they prepare for new challenges in Key Stage 3!

In English, alongside our constant practise of spelling, dictation, punctuation and grammar skills, we will be studying classic narrative poetry. Our main studies will be based on ‘Hiawatha’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and ‘The Lady of Shalott’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson.These poems give us lots to discuss and good ideas and inspiration for our own writing. These will also link to drama workshops and extended writing opportunities. We will also by studying Shakespeare with a particular focus on Romeo and Juliet.

Sherlock and Cinders – Year 6 Production
We must start by congratulating all of girls on their auditions – we were blown away, not only by the sheer talent of our girls, but through their incredible support of one another during the process – it was a credit to them all.

As the girls continue to embrace their final term at Prep, they will be extremely busy dividing their time between academic work and theatrical studies as work begins on our grand finale – the summer production – Sherlock and Cinders! on 26th and 27th June. We are really looking forward to bringing the script to life! The girls will be busily refining their acting, speaking, listening, dancing and singing skills in addition to designing staging, props and tickets and ultimately – performing to their audiences.
We thank you for dedicating time to the rehearsal slots – it is much appreciated. A reminder that an email will be sent to parents each Friday to confirm whether your child is needed at rehearsals the following week. A notice board outside Year 6 will also contain this information for the girls to check.

In Maths, the girls will be working on a range of concepts in preparation for transition to Year 7. Such concepts will include shape, space & measures, ratio and percentages, creating and interpreting graphs and pie charts and continuing with complex multistep problems.

Science this term covers ‘Life Cycles’ and ‘Classifying Living Things’. We will also continue with our Sex Education studies to include sexual reproduction.

Our cross-curricular topic this term is North America. We will be exploring it geographically, with particular reference to key landmarks and the mountainous regions. We will also be studying the Native Americans, past and present, learning all about their ways of life and traditions. Some of our design and artwork will be based on the Native Americans.

Physical Education this term will include, cricket, rounders and athletics.

This term, the Year 6 girls will be rehearsing for their part in the production of “Sherlock and Cinders!” In music, we will be focusing on learning the songs and working towards a high standard of performance. After the production the girls will be rehearsing for their leaver’s assembly and exploring the compositional app called “Garage Band” using the ipads. They will continue to improve recorder and keyboard skills, the reading of notation and general music theory.

Our focus this term will be Islam. We are looking forward to collaborating with VCP to create some Islamic art. Our key enquiry focus is: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?

Design Technology
For DT we will be exploring electrical and mechanical systems. Within cookery we will be looking at seasonal products and their sustainability.

During the latter half of the Summer Term, we will be covering ‘Growing up and Sex Education’ as part of our Science & PSHE Curriculum. The girls will be viewing a DVD which includes cartoon animations and also some footage of the birth of a baby. Please contact us if you would like to discuss or view the materials. The girls will also take part in a special workshop, run by the States of Jersey Police on 8th May, entitled ‘Your Choice’.

Transition Days
This year, Year 6 secondary school transition days will be held on 4th and 5th July. Your child’s secondary school will provide details of the format of the days in due course.

General Information
This half term the girls will be undertaking the statutory end of KS2 assessments the week beginning 20th May.

Finally, the term will end with our Leavers’ Assembly which closes the chapter of JC Prep for all of our Year 6 girls! This takes place on Tuesday 16th July at 1:30 p.m. – remember to bring your tissues!

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards
Mrs Pateman                           Mrs du Feu