Year 6 Newsletter

Term 1 - 13th October, 2017

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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 for our Year 6 student leadership positions have begun! Applications for our House Captain positions have been shortlisted and displayed for voters to read and choose which candidate they would like to represent their house. Shortlisted House Captains will be presenting to their Y5 and 6 peers at House assemblies on Monday and elections will be held next Thursday 31st August.


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: Understanding of scientific knowledge is constantly evolving and has an impact on people's lives.


Lines of Inquiry:

  • How does matter change state (causation)

  • How are physical and chemical changes applied in our lives (connection)

  • What are the protocols associated with scientific research (responsibility)


This is a practical inquiry unit delving into scientific and technological advances and the impact they have on society and the environment. Children will have the opportunity to predict, observe, analyse and explore a range of scientific concepts. We will culminate this unit by hosting a mini Science Fair for our Year 5 friends.

Coming up: Muffin in a Mug!

English:

We are currently looking at procedural writing and are familiarizing ourselves with the very important instructions on 'How to trap a Stone Giant.' It is currently on the loose and was last sighted on Old Peak Road.

Coming up: Explanations - Can use explanations to help us form scientific conclusions?

Maths:

We have moved onto work involving the 4 operations and have revised a number of mental addition and subtraction strategies. Recently we have consolidated work on prime numbers and factors. Please ask your child to give you their best definition on these!

Coming up: Multiplication and Division

Scholastic Reading Club Catalogues

This week your child will have brought home some brochures for you to browse and order books from if you wish. Scholastic sell a variety of books for all ages and are a supplier of books for our library. All completed orders must be returned to school along with a cheque for the total amount written out to Scholastic Hong Kong Limited. Order forms can be handed in to the office or to the class teacher no later than Monday 4th September. We would also like to emphasise that any orders you place will generate Scholastic Reading Club credits for Kennedy School. Once we receive all the ordered books, we will deliver them to your child's classroom for your child to take home. If you have any queries in regards to this, please don't hesitate to email library@kennedy.edu.hk.

Swimming in Term 1

Please see the following link informing you of the Autumn Swimming Timetable.


Autumn Swimming Timetable 17.18

General Notices;


  • Secondary transfer applications for year 7 can be completed on the Gateway from Monday 4 September to Friday 15 September 2017. If you wish your child to attend an ESF secondary school you must complete the application on Gateway within the given dates.

    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 http://www.esf.edu.hk/year7-key-dates/ for key dates and http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-zones/ for school zones.

    All newly joined Y6 are guaranteed a Year 7 place but not necessarily for the school of zone.

    Year 7 offer letters will be sent to parents from the respective secondary schools in early December and the Year 7 deposit payment deadline to secure their secondary school place is Friday 15 December 2017.

  • 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:

31 August - Meet the Teacher - 5.50-6.20 pm

BAKE SALE - 6A, 6M - 7th September

BAKE SALE - 6RO, 6R, 6P - 14th September

14th September - 6P Class Assembly

29th September - school closed - CPD Day

02-06 October - HALF TERM HOLIDAY

12th October - Year 6 Swim Gala (am)

20 October - school closed - CPD Day

24th October - Outward Bound Parent information Session - 5.30-6.30 pm

26th October - 6M Class Assembly

9th November - 6A Class Assembly

21-24 November - Year 6, OUTWARD BOUND Camp (more details to follow)

18th January - 6RO Class Assembly

1st February - 6R Class Assembly