Year 6 Project - Hola Mexico!
Bienvenido a Mexico! We’re going to explore this unique country, from its towering temples to its fun-packed festivals.
During this project, we’ll watch a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. To cool down afterwards, we’ll have a refreshing drink of sangrita or limeade. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. In preparation for a festival, we’ll make delicious drinks and savoury dishes. We’ll learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we’ll write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We’ll read Maya myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then we’ll craft Maya chocolate. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?
At the end of the project, we’ll listen to Maya music and learn a traditional song. We’ll also perform Mexican music from the past and present.
Help your child prepare for their project
Mexico is a fascinating land full of music and celebration. Why not work together and use non-fiction books or online research to find out about the impressive landmarks of Mexico? You could also look at holiday brochures or websites to plan an imaginary trip to Mexico. Alternatively, you could sample Mexican food in a restaurant or at home.
History - Ancient Maya civilisation
Geography - Maps; Human and physical geography of Mexico
D&T - Food of Mexico
Art and Design - Sculpture; Maya art; Carving
Science - Light and shadows
Science Investigations - How can we make red? What colour is a shadow?
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Year 6's production of 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Camelot' will be performed to parents at 6pm on 12th and 13th July. A letter asking for your ticket requests will be sent home this week. Please return this no later than Wednesday 6th July.
Please send in any costumes this week. Thank you for your support with this.
The Year 6 Leavers' Assembly will be performed to parents on the last day of term - timings and more details to follow.
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For week ending 1st July:
- Read for at least 10 minutes every night using your Reading Record Book to record your reading.
- Practise and learn off by heart your lines and the songs for our production
Lenham Primary School is taking part in The Maidstone Transition Programme, which is being co-ordinated by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, to make the move from Year 6 to 7 just that little bit easier.
The programme will start this term and will run throughout the rest of the year with the majority of the work taking place in terms 5 and 6. By the end of July 2022, we hope your child will feel more prepared to move on having had the opportunity to learn about and practise some of the many skills/tasks expected at secondary school, such as personal organisation, meeting uniform expectations, changing rooms for lessons, writing at speed, reading a timetable and managing homework etc.
In addition to the activities at school, we will also be sending tips and activities home, which have been provided by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, for you to complete with your children. These will further help to prepare them for Year 7 and support you to feel more confident about sending them on the Secondary School.
These tips can also be found below:
If you haven’t already done so, think about how you can help your child to be more independent: at home, do they put clothes away/ complete simple jobs like making their own bed or sandwiches/ make hot drinks etc.?
Ask who else is going to the same school and encourage friendships. These may not be the children your child usually socialises with but it is always good to have a familiar face in the first few weeks. Remind your child that they will make new friends when they start their new school.
This week we will be offering some thoughts on how you might like to start preparing your child for Secondary School.
· It is absolutely normal to have a range of emotions – nerves will actually help us to prepare for challenges!
· It may take time for your child to feel settled in September, but we are preparing for this now
· Your child may have already coped with big changes in the past and can do it again (remind them of their previous successes)
· Not everything is going to change – some routines will stay the same (remind your child about what these will be e.g. they will still be going to football/gym club)
· There is always someone to talk to if they are worried (name this person if you know who this is)
This week in school your son/daughter will be accessing their secondary school’s website to find out various facts. Talk through the information your son/daughter has found out – do they tell you something exciting e.g. clubs that they will be able to join? Do they have any concerns? Are they pleased/disappointed with anything?
This will also be a good opportunity for you to have a look at the policies, practices and procedures such as timings, uniform and behaviour expectations etc. yourself.
Hopefully your child’s Secondary school will be arranging an event for you to be able to ask questions; perhaps you could start to think about any questions/queries you may have.
The children in Year 6 have been learning about how to manage and use a school timetable. Is there an example of a timetable on the school website? What equipment/resources does your child need to take into school on specific days? Can your child do this independently? Start to instil in your son/daughter that there are usually consequences at secondary schools for students that do not have the correct equipment/resources.
In class, we have also started to think about how the children will manage paying for their snacks/lunches. Most schools now use a pre-paid system. Could your child be responsible for this? Some parents could start thinking about how they would like their child to manage this – daily/weekly/termly budget?
Is your child able to plan for healthy options? Can you look together to see if there is information about menus etc. on the school website? If your child has specific dietary needs, you may want to discuss this during transition events.
Your child will be starting to think about how they will manage paying for their snacks/lunches. Most schools now use a pre-paid system. Could your child be responsible for this? Some parents could start thinking about how they would like their child to manage this – daily/weekly/termly budget?
Is your child able to plan for healthy options? Can you look together to see if there is information about menus etc. on the school website? If your child/ren have specific dietary needs, you may want to discuss this during transition events.
In school we have been discussing various scenarios that our Y6 pupils are often anxious about. Your child may come home and talk to you about this. It may be helpful to find out what their thoughts and feelings are, and if they are more confident about dealing with such situations. You may want to continue the discussions with your child by problem solving ideas – “what would you do if…..?” “Who would you ask for help if you were unsure about something?”
Talk about how you have asked people to help you in different situations, emphasise that everyone needs help sometimes!
This term, the children will be encouraged to reflect back on their time at Primary school and think about all their achievements. You might want to start compiling a scrapbook/folder on your device of all the photographs that you may have taken throughout your child’s journey. For example, their first day at school, any sports days, World Book day/other dress up events, sports days or any other occasions whereby your child may like to reminisce with you during their last few weeks at school. Do you have any certificates/awards that you might like to have in one place?
Allow plenty of opportunities for your child to talk about their feelings about not returning to their primary school and the new challenges that lay ahead.
Write/draw or simply discuss any good and/or bad memories that they have about their time in Primary. Any favourite lessons/activities? Can you share any memories from your own primary school? Try to remain positive if you had a particularly negative experience, or try to explain how you managed to overcome any difficulties?
Does your child feel ready to move on? If not, what can we do to support?
Make sure that you acknowledge all their feelings – they may change their mind day to day (or even hour to hour!?!) – They may have been at their primary school since YR so could be understandably very sad (or happy!!!) to be leaving.
Our Term 4 Experience Day:
To begin our Darwin's Delights project, we received a visit from a range of animals this week! We used our observations skills to draw each animal and then had the opportunity to handle the animals (except the chickens - Mrs Fisher wasn't brave enough to get them out of their cage!)
Ukraine Refugee Appeal:
We are so proud of Year 6 for helping to organise our school's Ukraine Refugee appeal. We were inundated with so many generous donations. Thank you so much to all involved.