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Week commencing: 17th June 2019

It's safe to say the long-awaited trip to watch Aladdin this week did not disappoint. What a fabulous night was had by all- staff and pupils alike!


With little traffic for rush-hour, we arrived in London in plenty of time. After finding our seats the show began. It was lovely to look around at the children's smiling faces. They participated in the show beautifully and we couldn't have asked for more from them! Excellent behaviour and great fun! For many it was the best trip of the year! 


Now it's time to get down to some serious year 6 production practice, taking inspiration from Aladdin! Keep your eyes out for a letter regarding tickets. Another letter has gone out today regarding mobile phone use- please make sure you read this through with your child.



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Week commencing: 10th June


What a cold and wet week it's been! Let's hope for a brighter weekend!


This week, the children have been learning about healthy lifestyles including: diet, exercise and mental health. We talked about the different nutrients our bodies need and their functions within the body, as well as the positive benefits of exercise and mindfulness. The children have planned and started writing information texts about healthy lifestyles and next week will turn these into leaflets. 


Please remind your children to practise their lines and songs for the production! 


Have a restful weekend!


The Year 6 Team

Week commencing: 3rd June 2019


Thank you to the parents that attended this week's open morning! In 6 Ennis, we created a giant model of the heart and demonstrated the journey of a red blood cell through the circulatory system. We used vocabulary including: atrium, ventricle, valve, arteries, veins and capillaries. In 6 Barker, the children measured their heart rates after completing different types of exercise. They then discussed why heart rate increases when we exercise. As part of our science week, the children also worked together to create board games related to the circulatory system. 


In English, the children were given an open-ended activity. They were given a variety of different fantasy images and were able to choose the genre of their writing. We were really impressed with the children's creativity and ability to plan and write independently. 


Production practice continues and more time will be spent on this next week. 


Please check your children's bags for a newsletter about upcoming Sex and Relationships Education- more information about this can be found above.


Grid homework has gone home today. We were disappointed by the amount of homework given in last half term; please ensure your child completes at least 4 grid activities this half term, as well as learning their lines and production songs.


Have a lovely weekend!


Week Commencing: Monday 6th May


It's been a busy week for year 6 with final preparations for SATS. We are so proud of all of the children and what they have achieved so far this year.


We have sent home two letters for the children: one from Miss Kneller and one from class teachers. We hope these will reduce any anxieties the children may have and enable them to come into school on Monday with a positive attitude and the confidence to give the SATs their best shot. As we have said to the children, the SATs don't test all the wonderful things that make them who they are, and all we can ask is that they try their hardest.


We look forward to rewarding them at the end of the week with a fun trip to the park! We hope to see as many children as possible at Breakfast Club from 8am on Monday.


Have a lovely RESTFUL weekend!

Week commencing: 22nd April 2019

We hope you enjoyed the Easter break!


Year 6 are straight back to work with less than 3 weeks to go until SATS! In maths, we have been revising area, including finding the area of compound shapes and in English, we have been rehearsing our reading comprehension strategies as well as grammar revision of word types.


This week we also explored British Values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.

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See below some pictures of symbols and images the children produced to represent British values. What fantastically creative children we teach! 



Maths- p.58-59 CGP books


Grid homework has also been set. Activities are focussed around creativity and mindfulness, like last half term, to help the children unwind after fast-paced weeks of revision! 



Week Commencing - 25th March 2019

This week, the children have impressed us with their focus and perseverence as we completed some mock papers. The children’s attitude has been brilliant and we are seeing some great progress. In Science, we have been learning about how rainbows work and in English, we have begun to analyse a new Michael Morpurgo text called ‘The Giant’s Necklace’.

It has been great to see some of the amazing work that has been created as part of the grid homework for this half term, and to see how the children have used the activities to think about self-love and care.

Week Commencing 11th March

This week we have been looking at Adrian Gibbons' short film 'The Piano'. It is a silent film which depicts the major events in his life. They come to life through animation and music. The children have been contemplating his feelings and emotions at these different points. Next week, we will be writing our own narratives based on this film.

In Maths, we have been revising key concepts; calculating the mean, analysing graphs and translating and reflecting shapes.

The children have been working very hard with the increased number of Maths and English lessons.


The Year 6 children produced some fabulous pieces of work based on the book 'The Whisperer'. Thank you to all of those who visited the exhibition. 

Week commencing 25th February 2019


First week back after the half term and we have been very impressed with the focus and effort of our Year 6 children.

This week, in Maths, we have covered a range of topics in order to revise and develop some new skills. We have covered how to use the long method of division, how to use negative numbers and how to multiply and divide fractions.

In English, we have completed our persuasive letters relating to evacuation in World War II, creating some very powerful texts. Later in the week, we read the whole school book called 'The Whisperer' and have begun to delve into some of the themes of the story.



Maths due in Tuesday 5th March - Pages 8, 9 and 32 in CGP books

New homework grid was handed out this week full of self-love activities.

Week commencing 28th January 2019


This week, we were lucky enough to have a workshop which educated us all on internet safety. We took part in a session called 'Game Over', where we had to complete activities in order to move through the levels. These thought-provoking activities opened our eyes to the effects of playing games too often and what we could do to ensure our well-being when playing games. We then thought about how to remain safe when online and how to how to report any concerns.


In Maths, we continued our learning about 2-D shapes by revising the parts of a circle and the relationship between the radius and diameter of a circle.

In English, we planned, and began to write, a narrative based on the life of a child evacuee in WWII. We looked at using some complex punctuation and using senses to describe in order to create some emotive writing.



Grammar book - pages 58-61 due in Tuesday 5th February 2019.

Homework grid homework is due this week -  Friday 8th February 2019.

Week commencing 21st January 2019


Another busy week for our Year 6's. This week we were able to progress our learning of World War II through attending our trip to the RAF museum. The children enjoyed their experience at the museum, and in particular the WWII classroom experience. In this, we were able to experience what school life would have been like for a child during the war, and the protocol for when an air raid siren sounded. We then had a chance to view some of the aircrafts used and learn about the role that they played in the war.


In Maths, we have been learning about 2-D shapes and how to classify them based on their properties. This included looking at types of triangles and quadrilaterals and using mathematical terminology to describe and sort them. 

In English, we learnt about the Blitz and began writing some setting descriptions of London during this time. We discussed and empathised with how people living there would have felt and what they would have sensed. We also began to infer feelings through our texts, explaining our physical reactions based on emotions.


Due to the cold conditions children are required to be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities.

  • White PE t-shirt
  • Navy blue, black or grey jogging bottoms (outdoor PE)
  • Plain navy blue, black shorts (indoor PE)
  • Socks. Please note tights are not allowed so if your child is wearing tights in school they must have a different pair of socks for PE
  • Trainers – Please ensures these are different from school shoes
  • Black plimsolls (KS1)If the coach decides to work outside children should have a tracksuit to wear
  • Depending upon the outside activity and how cold the conditions are, the coach will inform the children if they are allowed to wear hats and gloves. Please note hats would not be allowed if they have dangly parts or anything around the neck
  • Outside coats are not allowed
  • No items, such as scarves are allowed to be worn around the neck.



Maths - Pages 66 and 67 in the CGP books.


Week beginning: Monday 7th January 2019


Happy New Year! And what a great start to the year it has been. 


We started the week with quite a bang... the year 6 team (with some help from Miss Kneller) organised a surprise 'evacuation' experience on Monday morning to kick-start our WW2 topic. It's fair to say the children were rather shocked and some quite concerned to be told they would have to be evacuated, but they were quickly told that it wasn't real. Instead, we spent a lot of time reflecting on their thoughts, feelings and emotions, exploring how real children who were evacuated would have felt. This led to some excellent exciting writing- some children produced a diary entry of the experience whilst others wrote a newspaper report. 


In maths, the children have been finding the area of triangles and parallelograms using formulae. Why not see if your child can remember the formula for the area of a triangle (base x height divided by 2) or a parallelogram (base x height). They will need this for their homework this week.


In Science, we have started a new topic on 'light'. This week the children learnt how light enables us to see. In the next few weeks, the children will be creating periscopes using cereal boxes- please make sure your child brings in a clean and empty cereal box by Wednesday next week.



This week's homework is CGP Maths p.60-61 (area of triangles and parallelograms). Spring 1 grid homework has also been set- a copy of this can be found at the top of this page.


Have a lovely weekend!


The year 6 team

Week beginning: Monday 17th December

This week, the children enjoyed completing their English work based around the Christmas Truce. They began with some drama (hot-seating soldiers from the Christmas Truce) and then produced a script for a radio report for the main events in the story. Year 6 certainly have some excellent actors and actresses which enabled both classes to generate some really thoughtful ideas. 


In maths, we completed our unit on multiplication and the children's holiday homework is to practise the different methods they have been learning, applying these to different types of questions. 


We also completed our rainforest topic by looking at the importance of the rainforest in the lives of people living there as well as modern society. Some of the children produced posters to make people aware of the impact of deforestation.



Over the Christmas holidays, we have set the following homework: 


CGP Maths- p.16-17 Multiplication


Spelling- the children have a booklet of spelling activities to complete based on the year 5/6 word lists.


We hope you have a really wonderful and magical Christmas break. May we take this opportunity to say a big thank you to both parents and children for our lovely Christmas presents!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Year 6 Team



Week beginning: Monday 10th December


This week began with a well deserved treat, in which we were able to visit the local cinema and watch the new Fantastic Beasts film. This was a great way to start our week. Later in the week, the children began to learn about the Christmas Truce which took place in World War I. We have investigated the truce and what it consisted of. 


Have a great weekend, 

The Year 6 team.

Week beginning: Monday 3rd December


A few parents have been asking for recommended reads for children in year 6, especially books which will stretch their vocabulary and challenge their comprehension skills. Thank you to our fantastic librarian Mrs Storms for creating an awesome list of 'must reads' for children in year 6. Check it out above!

Week beginning: 19th November (Road Safety Week)


This was a great week for the children to be able to showcase their knowledge and skills to the adults that work with them. The children have impressed us with their attitude and focus across the week.


This week, the children have produced some brilliant work around the theme of anti-bullying. They have created some agony aunt styled texts where they have offered advise to some fictional characters. This is accompanied by some  beautiful artwork in our class books which can be found on display near the main entrance of the school. 


Some examples of the work produced can be seen below. 


This week was Road Safety Week. Children in years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to take part in a Bikeability course and all of the children involved passed with flying colours! We had such excellent feedback from the instructors that we may even run another course in the Summer term. Watch this space!


We hope you had a good weekend!


Anti-bullying week work

Week beginning: 12th November


It was wonderful to see staff and pupils dressed in their pyjamas and onesies today in order to raise money for Children in Need- a great end to Anti-bullying Week! During the week, the children were visited by the NSPCC who talked about keeping themselves and other safe by speaking out. Next week, year 6 will take part in a workshop to continue their learning related to the assembly. They will also link their writing in English to Anti- Bullying Week.


Homework this week is to learn lines for the upcoming assembly. As this is the only homework being set, children are expected to know their lines by heart for Monday and to have prepared any cue cards they may need. 


We hope you you have a good weekend!


Week beginning: Monday 5th November

This week, year 6 have spent time reflecting on their exciting weeks at PGL and taking part in the Enterprise project.


In English, the children have been writing persuasive texts, looking at a variety of persuasive techniques including: use of imperative verbs; use of personal pronouns, using groups of 3; using emotive language and use of rhetorical questions. They have thought of a place that excites them and have begun to write articles which persuade others to go there. Lots of children have chosen to write about PGL and others have written about countries or clubs that they like. These will be completed next week.


Our maths focus has continued on fractions. The children are becoming confident using a range of strategies to compare the size of fractions with different denominators and are beginning to develop their reasoning related to this.


In topic, the children continue to develop their understanding of rainforest and this week, have explored the climate of the rainforest, linking their learning with maths by creating graphs and charts of rainfall data.


Homework this week:

CGP English and Maths



Grid homework:

Grid homework has also been sent out today. We had some amazing homework from a number of pupils last half term, however, we were disappointed to see a large number of children who did not bring in anything. Next term, we expect all pupils to bring in the allocated 5 pieces of grid homework (one of which must be Maths Whizz). Where homework is not completed, children will be given time during lunchtimes to get this done. We thank you for your support. 


Enterprise Week (Week commencing 22nd October)


This week a group of year 6 children embarked on an enterprise experience.  They were given £5 to start a business and see how much money they could raise for charity.  They chose 3 charities (WWF, Macmillans Cancer Support and Children in Need) to donate their profits to. They quickly set to work thinking of ideas and researching costs before presenting their business plans to Miss Kneller, Mrs Walker and the rest of the class. Some children even managed to get the backing of some Investors (thanks Mum and Dad). We then had a fun trip to the retail park and Tesco, in order to buy all the materials they needed and have a pit-stop for more 'brainstorming' and hot chocolate. 


Once back at school, they were keen to start making their products, marketing them and decorating their market stalls. Despite some much needed breaks for yoga and music workshops, and with the help of great teamwork, they managed to finish ahead of schedule and were rewarded with a film and treats! Their marketing paid off and before long we had over 160 children signed up for sale day!  It was a frantic day but the children kept smiling throughout and didn't stop until every last item was sold!  They managed to take an impressive £199.75 on the day, leaving them with nearly £60 of profit for each of their chosen charities.  We are so proud of all they have achieved and their fantastic attitudes.

Week commencing: 22nd October -PGL Day 5 


We can’t believe we’ve come to the end of our fantastic week at PGL. This morning, the children were lucky enough to take part in two final activities- trapeze and challenge course- which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They are certainly going to have lots of stories to tell when they get home!


Before we left, we were told how much the children would change over the course of the week and now we can see that. The Summerswood staff, as well as PGL staff,  have been so impressed by the children’s ‘can do’ attitudes; the way they have overcome their fears and they way they have worked together as a team. We are very lucky to teach such a great bunch and look forward to returning them to you with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Have a great half term!


Over and out! 



Week commencing: 22nd October- PGL Day 4

It was a chilly start to the day today but despite that, the children had another day full of adventure and some big challenges were overcome. Activities today included: canoeing, zip wire, problem solving, vertical challenge and aeroball. The day was finished off with lots of dancing at the disco! The children have had a wonderful time and are looking forward to tomorrow morning’s final activities! More pictures to follow.

Week commencing: 22nd October- PGL Day 3

Another great day at PGL for year 6. Today was a day full of team bonding, consisting of the vertical challenge, canoeing, aeroball, sensory trail, giant swing and rock climbing. The children have really impressed us with their ‘can do it’ attitude, and have been encouraging each other to continue to challenge themselves. The day was topped off with some songs, stories and marshmallows by the campfire. We were really lucky to hear Mr Cocomazzi on the guitar- check out the photos below J


Tomorrow’s activities will be:

- Zipwire

- Problem Solving

- Canoeing

- Jacob’s Ladder

- Vertical Challenge

- Aeroball

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Week commencing: 22nd October- PGL Day 2

It’s been an action-packed day at PGL for year 6. Abseiling, archery, raft-building and Jacobs Ladder have really tested the children’s ability to overcome their fears. There have been some incredible feats of bravery and resilience, as well as excellent teamwork. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! We are so proud of the children and all they have shown us so far- we can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store.


Check out some photos below!

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Week commencing: Monday 1st October

Another busy week in year 6!


In English, the children have been writing narratives with a genre twist related to Kensuke’s Kingdom- we’ve seen some fantastic descriptive techniques used which the children have learnt in previous weeks. In maths, we have focussed on problem solving and looked at a variety of strategies including working backwards and prioritising information. In topic, the children have been looking at layers of the rainforest and have gathered lots of facts to include in an information sheet which they will complete next week.



This week’s maths homework is based around rounding and estimation which are other skills we have been practising this week. It’s due on Tuesday.


Grid homework has started to come in this week and we have had some amazing models and posters. Don’t forget, the 5 pieces of grid homework set this half term are due on Friday 19th October.

Week beginning: Monday 24th September


Can you believe we have reached the end of September already? Time really does fly by at Summerswood!


The children have enjoyed another week of English based around Kensuke's Kingdom, writing postcards from the island as well as some amazing setting descriptions. We have been blown away by the children's imaginative descriptions and use of a variety of descriptive techniques. 


In maths, we have been focussing on mental strategies and choosing the most efficient strategy. Today we looked at using rounding to estimate answers to help us when checking our work.


Aside from the core subjects, the children have also enjoyed mindfulness lessons, Game On and designing their own thematic maps of the Amazon Basin in topic.



Maths- Mental calculations due on Tuesday.

Don't forget to keep up with Maths Whizz which is part of this half term's grid homework.


Please remember, spellings will now be set on a Tuesday and are due in the following Tuesday for a test.



PGL information (slides from this week's meeting) including kit lists will be added next week so keep an eye out!





Week beginning: Monday 17th September


The children have continued to impress us with their attitude towards their learning this week.  In English, we have, again, been writing recounts in the form of 'Ship's Logs', but this time, from the perspective of a different character from the book, Stella the dog. The children have been extremely creative in this writing, using some great description and focusing on Stella's different senses. In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our understanding of place value and have been recapping some vital skills that will be needed throughout the year.


We look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending the final PGL meeting on Tuesday 25th. 


Homework this weekend:

Grid homework (see folders for due date)


Spelling- -ant, -ance and -ancy.

Maths - decimals


Maths and spelling are due on Tuesday. Spellings will be tested on Wednesday.


Have a lovely weekend.

Thank you for your continued support,


The year 6 team

Week beginning: Monday 10th September


We have reached the end of our first full week! The children have shown us some excellent attitudes towards their learning. In English, we have been writing recounts in the form of 'Ship's Logs' and we have been really impressed with the children's use of descriptive features to highlight the character's feelings. The children have also enjoyed their first PE session- don't forget both PE lessons will now take place on a Tuesday.


Please see the top of the blog for 'Meet the Teacher' slides, as well as this half term's homework grid and topic web.


Homework this weekend:

Grid homework (see folders for due date)


Maths- either addition calculations or place value questions

Spelling- homophones


Maths and spelling are due on Tuesday. Spellings will be tested on Wednesday.


Please note: Ambassador letters have also been sent out.


Have a lovely weekend,


The year 6 team

Week beginning: Monday 3rd September


What a fantastic start to the new term! Can you believe the children are in year 6 already?


We’ve had a jam-packed week of ‘getting-to’know-you’ activities as well as some introductory English lessons and art. In English, we will be basing our learning around ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. So far we have read the first chapter, making predictions about the plot. The children have also learnt about the inspiring individuals behind their new class names and have thought about how they can develop their own growth mindsets for learning.


Homework this week:

Create a logo that represents you! This needs to be approximately A5 sized and neatly presented. It can either drawn by hand or produced on the computer. Due on Tuesday. Please note, the children will be given homework diaries and we would like parents/carers to sign these weekly on a Friday to be returned to school Monday. Thank you in advance for your support.


We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you at our ‘Meet the teacher’ meeting on Wednesday at 3:45pm.


The year 6 team

Important dates – secondary school admissions

3 September 2018

Online system opens for you to apply online.

Sept / Oct 2018

Open events at schools.

Find individual school details in the schools directory.

31 October 2018

Deadline to apply for a school place.

4 December 2018

  • Last date to submit a written explanation giving reasons why your application was late, for your application to be agreed as ‘on time’.
  • If you move house, this is the last date for you to provide evidence of your new address
    and for it to be considered ‘on time’ in the allocation process.

31 January 2019

Applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the week of
22–26 April 2019.

1 March 2019

National allocation day

We will email you the school you've been allocated, if you applied online and confirmed your email address. The online allocation system will be updated with allocations and be made available only after allocation emails have been sent.

Notification letters will be posted first class only to parents or carers who applied on paper.

If you applied online, you can use online facilities including appeals and viewing your continuing interest position.

1 – 15 March 2019

Continuing interest lists are created.

Applicants that didn't get any higher preference schools will automatically go on the list for those schools.

Parents or carers should confirm this with schools responsible for their own admissions.

1 – 8 March 2019

Continuing interest applications open.

You can add new school preferences for some Hertfordshire schools for the first continuing interest run. Information will be available online from 1 March 2019.

15 March 2019

Last date for accepting the place offered.

Online applicants must accept the place online.

Paper applicants should return their response form to the Admissions and Transport team.

18 – 22 March 2019

First continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at the first continuing interest run.

25 March – 5 April 2019

Continuing interest applications open again.

You can add new school preferences for all schools for the second continuing interest run.

29 March 2019 (4pm)

Last date to register an appeal.

5 April 2019

Last date to register a change of preferences or for new applications to be added for the second continuing interest run.

22 – 26 April 2019

Second (and final) continuing interest run.

We'll contact you with an offer of a new school place, if you're successful at the second continuing interest run.

May – August 2019

If school vacancies occur, places will be filled from remaining continuing interest lists.

3 May – 21 June 2019

School place appeals take place during this period.

June 2019

Continuing interest lists (waiting lists) for Year 9 (upper school) and Year 10 (studio school or university technical college) close in June 2019 (exact date TBC).

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire upper or studio school or UTC, you will need to make an in year application.

25 July 2019

Continuing interest lists for secondary schools close on 24 July 2019.

To retain your continuing interest for a Hertfordshire secondary school you will need to make an in year application.