Hello again year 6,. Hope you to see you all this week during our Year 6 Leavers Picnic ( http://ectonbrookprimaryblogs.net/2020/06/30/year-6-leavers-picnic/)
Thank you to those of you that have already added painted pebbles and added them to the box. The two Stone Snakes are getting longer by the day! Don’t forget you can add your painted pebbles to the boxes outside each campus and we will add them to the snakes. We wonder how long we can make them by the end of term!
Bellinge Campus Snake
Ecton Brook Campus Snake
We have been in contact with a number of secondary schools this week, passing on as much information about how wonderful you all are and to find out as details on transition information as possible. We have again updated information from the secondary schools and have identified any new information in a orange. Please let us know if you have not heard anything or have struggled to find the information on their website.
Transition to Secondary Schools
We have continued to engage with the secondary schools to establish the most up to date information on transition for all of our year 6 pupils. As you can see below, secondary schools are using a range of ways to communicate with parents: from direct communications using emails and letters; by posting new information on their websites or blogs and through interactive, online transition days or activities. We have added more information below, highlighted in blue, purple and orange, to hopefully give you current information from our various communications with the secondary schools.
- Northampton Academy have a dedicated section of their website for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). Key contacts for year 7 have now been added and links to important letters (letters relating to transition dated 5th May / 9th June and leadership structure at Northampton Academy) They state that they are hoping to invite pupils in before the summer. They have now provided more detail on their virtual transition programme in a letter dated 29th June 2020. We have added some of the information from the letter below:
- On Monday 6th July they will be delivering a live assembly at the start and end of the day. In between these 2 assemblies
will be a series of live subject specific events. The day will culminate with a live ‘Town Hall’ meeting that will be enable
parents to ask questions directly to the presenter Mr Clyne.
Timetable of events for Monday 6th July:
Start time Event name Presenter Link to event 9.30am Transition Assembly 1 Mr R Windsor Assembly 1 10.15am Science taster session Mr P Swallow Science session 10.45am History taster session Mr J Rush History Session 11.30am Religious studies taster session Mr Nicholson Religious studies session 12pm English taster session Mr W Leafe & Mr L Cook English session 1pm Art taster session Mr R Hunter Art session 1.30pm PE taster session Ms N Barry PE session 2pm Transition Assembly 2 Mr R Windsor & Mr N Haig Assembly 2 5.00pm Town Hall Meeting Mr C Clyne Town hall
- In order to join the events above, you will simply need to click and follow the link on the above table. All events will
be recorded and placed onto The Northampton Academy Y6 transition page for anyone who misses an event or perhaps wants to re-visit it and watch it again.
- On Tuesday 7th July, there will be a Town Hall meeting with The Northampton Academy SENCo, Mrs Jamie-Lee Lothian, who will discuss their SEND provision for any parents/carers that would like to join. This meeting will provide additional information for families of children who would have attended our ‘factfinder days’. Again, the link required to watch this is provided below:
Start time Event name Presenter Link to event 5.30pm SEND provision Mrs JL Lothian Town Hall – SEND provision
- On Monday 6th July they will be delivering a live assembly at the start and end of the day. In between these 2 assemblies
- Moulton School have also created a nice portal on their website dedicated for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). This gives a helpful introduction to the school with information regarding transition such as uniform, transport, free school meals, attendance, lockers, etc along with online forms for parents and pupils to complete with contact info, medical needs, consents, music tuition requests etc. Children due to attend this school should have received a letter in April. They are also hoping to arrange a ‘virtual’ parent talk soon. Have a look at the welcome pack link for more information: https://welcome.moultonschool.co.uk/info
- Wootton Park School have told us that pupils will be contacted individually and some one to one zoom meetings may have already taken place. Virtual transition day will be taking place on the 6th July 2020. It will involve videos from the Principal, the head of year, the well-being team and the transition team. There will also be examples of Year 7 lessons from Maths, English, Science and Spanish. On transition day they will be launching their summer booklet, a series of academic activities with the school motto as its theme. They should have already offered and delivered Virtual 1:1 meetings for all learners and their parents between June 1st and June 22nd. When the learners return, they are going to set up drop in sessions from the beginning with the wellbeing team and their peer mentors, assuming a normal return to school. Have a look at the welcome pack link for more information: https://www.woottonparkschool.org.uk/uploaded/Transition/WPS_Learner_Welcome_Booklet_2020.pdf.
- Weston Favell Academy also have a dedicated section of their website which contains a virtual tour of the school. (see below). The website now also contains transition activities and and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. Transition days and evenings will not go ahead this year as originally planned. They will communicate these changes on the academy website and when we receive any information, we will post this on their subsequent blog posts. Parents should have received (or will receive within the next week) a letter via email to share transition details. They have now added video introductions (from the principle, head of year and pastoral leader), welcome from their form tutors, welcome from current pupils and the day in the life of a year 7 child. The website also provides links for forms (such as student details and consent forms), uniform information, guidance on attendance and transportation.
- Kingthorpe College have a virtual tour (see link below). Kingsthorpe College sent out an initial pack in March requesting data collection and some information about the school. Parents should receive, through the post week commencing 6th July 2020, the name of her tutor and a further letter detailing correspondence. Within this letter there are links to a screencast video for parents, a video which allows students to meet tutors virtual and finally a link which will allow parents to book a time with their tutors to receive a call.
- Northampton School for Boys have virtual iBooks for year 6 pupils and parents. We await further information on any additional transfer details. They have now included a virtual tour of the school and have parental information on the links at the bottom of the page (click on the link below). We have also been advised that they will be adding more content to the website over the coming weeks (e.g. videos, links, information). NSB have revamped their website and there are now two sections to this webpage – one for parental information (catering, home-school agreement, frequently asked questions, subject summaries, etc) and one for the children to access (these include video tours, a welocome from the Head Teacher/ Chair of Governors, interviews with staff and children, frequently asked questions, etc…). They now also include a transition booklet for both parents and children (click the link to gain direct access https://www.nsb.northants.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=661&type=pdf )
- Northampton School for Girls have a dedicated page on their website for year 6 to 7 transition. We await further information on any additional transfer details. There will be no transition days this year and their main contact/communication will be through their Year 6 transition webpage. On the webpage there is a virtual tour, maps and they are going to be posting a ‘Transition Booklet’ in the coming weeks. NSG will be sending out a welcome pack from the Head Teacher containing a personal introduction to the school and they will also be publishing their Transition Booklet, which will give further information about the school, on their website (see the link on the Year 7 Transition page – link attached below).
- Abbeyfield School have a dedicated section of their website, they have now added a revised induction booklet with information about the school and what the children will need. They are have now organised a ‘virtual transfer evening’ for Wednesday 8th July 2020 at 5:30pm as a loud webinar. This will be recorded and available on the website after the event. Instead, we are going to have a webinar so that you can meet us virtually. The invitation to join is on Edulink and information on how to set this up your Edulink account should have already been sent (contact Abbeyfields on 01604 763616). They have been sending all of their new students a book and some activities – of which some details have been included on the website. They have included a pamphlet for both children and parents while each week they are adding weekly challenges and then showing the weekly responses online. If you have questions or concerns that you feel could do with a personal conversation Mr Hall who will be Head of Year 7 will be available for phone conversations on the 13 & 14 July. Please call the school office 01604 763616 to book a time slot.
- Northampton International Academy have information about the school on the website but we await further information regarding any transition arrangements. They have recently added a video: introducing the head of the school and a virtual tour of the school building (click on the link for NIA below). This week they have added a dedicated page for Year 6 to Year 7 Transition for all the information regarding moving to Northampton International Academy.
- Weavers Academy have a dedicated section on the website for the year 6 and 7 transition with an informative video from Mr Mawby who normally organises their transfer from the primary to secondary school setting. They have also added transition activities for the children to complete, information for parents and information from each subject tutor. There are also forms to be completed for Transition Data Collection Form and Language Preferences.
- Thomas Beckett have added a video to their website containing a message from the Head teacher, a guided tour and some experiences from the existing students. We have updated the link below so you can go directly to this page. They have advise packs of information have been sent out to parents and phone calls have taken place with a number of families. If you have any questions, contact their school office on 01604 493211 or email email@example.com. They have attached a letter dated 26th June 2020 ( https://www.thomasbecket.org.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=322&type=pdf ) and a transition booklet ( https://www.thomasbecket.org.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=332&type=pdf). The school are planning to organise a number of small-scale school induction meetings for all students who wish to attend. These opportunities will be 30-minute appointments and we will have a maximum of 10 children (with 1 parent per child) in each group. These sessions will take place on Monday 6th July, Tuesday 7th July and Wednesday 8th July. They will hopefully take your children for a quick tour of the school and then return for a final chance to ask questions. This opportunity will have such a positive impact for the children to be able to see the school and meet some of the staff.
Please book a slot on the link below: https://tbcstransition2020.eventbrite.co.uk
You may wish to take a look at our welcome video, featuring a message from our Headteacher, Head of Year 7 and lots of
information and advice from our current Year 7 students: http://thomasbecket.ovw5.devwebsite.co.uk/news/?pid=3&nid=1&storyid=4
- Woolston Secondary School – have a dedicated page for 2020 transition page on their website (click the picture below to gain access to this website). They will be adding further information to their website for students in the coming weeks.
We will continue to make it clear, next to each subject, which lessons should be accessed at home and which we will teach in school.
Please ignore requests to Tweet work out from the Oak Academy as we would like you to add a comment to the Blog instead.
Internet Safety (This activity is to completed at home)
- Discuss their answers, using the answer sheet located at the bottom of the blog post.
Activity 1: What’s great about gaming?
- Have a discussion with your parents about what you enjoy doing online and what to do if something worries you or makes you feel uncomfortable as this is an important way to keep you safe online.
- The purpose of this activity is to help you talk about gaming. Create a poster to celebrate the games you enjoy playing online. It
should include information on what the games are about and the different things that gamers might be able to do in them e.g. talk to
others, make purchases. Explain the games to your parents and tell them what you enjoy about playing them. If you do not play any
online games, talk about games you have heard about or video games you enjoy playing offline.
- Once the activity is complete, explain the importance of telling a trusted adult if you experience anything that makes you worried, uncomfortable or upset while playing a game online.
Activity 2: Alfie and the Gamer
- Explore the ‘Play’ section of the 8-10s website and read the advice on how to play games safely:
- Sometimes in games, someone might try to pressure another gamer into playing with them, chatting to them or going to another
game or app. Read the scenario below and think about the different ways the gamer tries to make Alfie play with them i.e. offer gifts/rewards, sends lots of messages, makes threats. Thinking about what you have learnt on the website, discuss what Alfie should
do next (i.e. don’t reply, tell an adult he trusts and block the gamer).
- Once you’ve finished, why not play our ‘Band Runner’ game. Who can get the highest score? www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
You can continue to use the Scholastic Virtual Reading Library online allowing you to access lots of different books on their website.
The Scholastic Reading Pro website (https://educator-slz03.scholasticlearningzone.com/slz-portal/#/login3/GBR2VCR) please find enclosed the login details below.
Enter your username and password (remember that they are case sensitive)
Username: (first three letters of the pupil’s first name followed by first three letters of surname) All lowercase
For example: Harry Potter would be Username: harpot
If you have any issues accessing the website, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This week we will be using the lesson 1 our reading lessons in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 for our literacy lessons in school. Mrs Wild’s class will be also completing lesson 2 in Class whileMr Willett’s and Mr Whitfield’s class will complete this at home.
All returning children do not need to start the English work until they have had their lessons in school.
This week we will be working towards an explanation text.
These include some comprehension tasks, exploration of the features and an opportunity to write your own.
Lesson 1– Reading Comprehension with mixture of questions – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-comprehension-questions
Lesson 2 – Reading Comprehension with a mixture of questions – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-comprehension-questions-772f34
Lesson 3 – Identifying key structural elements and grammatical features pf a poem – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-identify-the-key-features-9b040a
Lesson 4 – Writing focus: Planning including rhyme and archaic language – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-planning-including-rhyme-and-archaic-language
Lesson 5 – Writing an poem– https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-write-a-poem
Your child will be expected to complete a five day week in Maths. Children that are continuing to home-school will access the resources in the same way they have been.
Children going to school on the 6th of July will complete lessons.1 to 3 whilst they are in school and lessons 4 and 5 at home
Children going to school on the 9th of July will complete lesson. 1 to 2 whilst they are in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 at home.
All returning children do not need to start the Maths work until they have had their lessons in school.
This week you will continue to look again at line graphs, proportions, ratios and factor relationships.
Lesson 1– Construct line graphs – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/construct-line-graphs
Lesson 2 – Interpret pie graphs – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/interpret-pie-charts
Lesson 3 – Use fractions to express proportions – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/use-fractions-to-express-proportions
Lesson 4– Use ratio to express relationships – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/use-ratio-to-express-relationships
Lesson 5– Scale factor in shapes – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/scale-factor-in-shapes
Science – What impact are humans likely to have on life in the future? (To be completed in school)
In today’s lesson, we will learn about some of the impacts that humans have on life on this planet. We will look at pollution, global warming, hunting and deforestation. We will learn what happened to the dodo bird and about some amazing organisations that are working hard to ensure that other species do not become extinct.
History – What was life like in Benin? (To be completed at home)44
Learn about what life was like in the kingdom of Benin.
This lesson includes:
- one video about life in Benin
- two activities to build knowledge
Geography -The Galápagos Islands (To be completed in school by Mrs Wild’s class . At home by Mr Whitfield’s class and Mrs Willett’s class)
Learn about the Galápagos Islands including their location, environment, dramatic landscape and amazing wildlife.
This lessons includes:
- one animation introducing the Galápagos Islands
- one short film showing the landscape and wildlife of the Islands
- two activities to build on your knowledge