Year 6 Newsletter

Term 1 - 19th August, 2016

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Welcome to Year 6!

Dear Parents, we hope you have all had a restful Summer. Welcome back to another action packed and fun filled year at Kennedy School and welcome to the start of a new and exciting year here in Year 6! There certainly is a lovely buzz around the corridors. The children are happy and settled!

PSE Connections within our unit of inquiry:

Year 6 Leadership Roles

Applications, presentations and elections begin next week for our Year 6 student leadership positions. On Friday 19th August your child will receive a google doc on which he/she can apply for a House Captain Leadership position (if they want to). Applications will be shortlisted and displayed for voters to read and choose which candidate they would like to represent their house. Presentations and elections will be held in our House Assemblies in September.

As Y6 leaders we will consider:

How an effective group can accomplish more than a set of individuals; how communities and societies have their own norms, rules and regulations; and how people can extend and challenge their current understandings by engaging with the ideas and perspectives of others.

Unit of Inquiry;

Central Idea: Leadership influences the members of a community

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Responsibilities of leaders and the communities (responsibility)

  • Representation of opinions within a community (perspective)

  • How societal decision-making has an impact on communities (causation)

In Social Studies we are focusing on the strand of “Human systems and economic activities”. We will be considering the roles and responsibilities of leaders, the impact of the ways leaders exercise their leadership, and also exploring the distribution of power and authority within personal, regional and global contexts. Students will consider “circles of viewpoints” when discussing the different perspective’s people have. We will be using the Thinking Hats to determine the possibilities and challenges around different types of leadership and the decisions leaders make. Finally, students will have the opportunity to inquire into a leader of their choice and share their interpretation of the approaches, decisions and impact of the decisions made by this person.

Coming up: Individual presentations of their personal inquiries into leaders and systems.


During this unit we will be learning about different leadership styles through drama and role play scenarios. We will also be revisiting the essential elements of writing narrative texts, and extending these skills as we develop ourselves as authors.

Coming up: Persuasive writing


As this is the start of the year we will be focusing on and revisiting our core number skills, with a specific focus on place value: this includes recognizing, ordering, comparing and using positive and negative numbers.

Coming up: Handling real life data

General Notices;

  • Allocation for secondary school will be determined by your residential zone at the start of Year 6. For further details, parents should refer to the information available on the ESF website at for key dates and for school zones. All newly joined Y6 are guaranteed a Y7 place but not necessarily for the school of zone.

  • Prospective parents are invited to attend the KGV Year 6 Parent Information and Middle School Curriculum Evening, 5-6pm on the 7th of September.

    It will be held in the Hall at KGV School.

    Please note there is no visitor parking on the school site. For any enquiries, please contact

  • Please check the school newsletter for your child's swimming lesson times.

  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate school uniform. Reminder please; no jewelry to be worn at school, except watches.

  • Remember to check the VLE homework page every Wednesday please.

Important Dates:

1 September - Meet the Teacher - 5.50-6.20 pm, followed by an APA camp talk in the hall, 6.30-7.15 pm

9 September - school closed - CPD Day

10 September - school closed - CPD Day

16 September - school closed - Public Holiday

10-17 October - HALF TERM HOLIDAY

22-25 November - Year 6, APA Camp