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Term 3

 

Well, Christmas came and went in a flash and we welcome 2020! With plenty of rest and bellies full of sweets children and adults alike have plenty to look forward to not least our literacy… film! Yes, literacy in Term 3 will be based around the film Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro and based on the novel written by Witi Ihimaera. The family drama follows a young girl struggling with the challenges and expectations of her Maori culture; she is incredibly motivated, risk taking and independent which make up 3 of the 7 Minster Muscles that we all strive to demonstrate! Our topic for the term is deforestation which we look at alongside our literacy about the tough choices native people have to make between their ancient traditions and the trappings of the modern world.

 

Term three will also include a SATs workshop available to Parents and Carers who would like to know a little more of the SATs testing period that will be upon us in Term 5 (wc 11.05.19). We strive to keep the children centred and avoid creating stress around the tests but in order to prepare them for their first formal exams we try to share information about the process so that they feel prepared to do their best. With the school and parents working together we hope that every child is able to be the best that they can be.

 

Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer

Term 2

 

Term two is already upon us and Christmas strangely doesn’t seem too far away! We are looking forward to the upcoming parents evening and hope that everyone can make it – don’t forget that if the dates don’t fit with your diary we will do our best to accommodate an alternative, just drop us a note. Our literacy this term focusses around the text of Kensuke’s Kingdom written by Michael Morpurgo in which we will be following Michael’s doomed voyage around the world where he makes an unlikely friend on a deserted island. Towards the end of the term we will be getting into the festive spirit and will be preparing our Christingle service with you all! Our topic work is inspired by black history month and we will be learning about Barack Obama who made history by becoming the first African American president of the United States of America. We will be considering how key events in his life shaped his decisions and priorities as President.

 

Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer

Term 1

 

What a whirlwind start to the year! It has been great getting to know all of the new pupils and we are so pleased to welcome some new students to Minster Primary as well! We will be basing our learning on a text called The Viewer by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan and exploring the exploits of 11 year old boy who sees a rather dark consequence of our actions. Across the curriculum we are considering our local area and looking carefully at Bluetown – it is an area with incredible history and has been a key location for the Navy of Henry VIII to the commercial interests of today. We hope that you will be able to join us

 

Year Six can seem a little daunting so over the course of the term, if expectations such as homework, behaviour, timings, classwork or any other aspect of school seem tricky or you would like some clarification, please feel welcome to see your class teacher for support.

 

Falcon Class - Mr Pye, Ms James and Ms Rayfield

Kookaburra Class – Mr Jeffery and Mrs Whitton

Owl Class – Mrs Bruce and Mrs Dyer

Welcome

 

Welcome to the Year Six class pages! The last year at Minster Primary is incredibly important as we prepare for the social, emotional and academic challenges of secondary school. We pride ourselves on being adaptive to the needs and interests of the pupils and consequently we routinely see fantastic progress. Later in the year we look forward to challenging ourselves in the KS2 SAT tests, showing what we have learnt over the past seven years. We offer a workshop to parents in order to explain a little more about the process but the focus is entirely on everyone simply doing their very best! Later in the year, Year Six offers many unique opportunities such as: the residential activity trip/activity week, Leaver’s performance and the much revered Leaver’s Awards!

 

We hope that you enjoy the class pages and enjoy your time in Year Six!

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