Monday 13th July 2020
Hello Year 5/6 parents, carers and children,
As you all know, it is now nearing the end of term. Normally, we would be coming together to celebrate our wonderful Year 6s in a leavers’ graduation assembly. Unfortunately, due to restrictions in school, we are not able to do this, this year. This has made us all really sad and we have been thinking of lots of ways that we can honour our Year 6s whilst still complying with government guidelines. We would like to invite all Year 6 children and their parents to a socially distanced leavers’ event on Wednesday 22nd July at 1:30pm. Final details will be given through text messages and phone calls.
Arbo’s Recommended Reads Newsletter Special
Great news – our libraries are now starting to reopen and soon we should be able to visit them again. To celebrate, this week’s newsletter is full of reading recommendations for Year 5/6 that you may be able to borrow when your local library has reopened safely or even buy your own copy from a bookshop.
Miss Thornton recommends…Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
This is a fiction book based on Adeline's own childhood. I first read this book when I was 12 and it instantly had a profound impact on me. It was interesting to learn about a different time, in a different country, but also made me feel so overwhelmingly grateful to have had an upbringing in which I knew I was loved by my family. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Chinese culture and who likes stories based on real-life.
Mrs Naylor recommends…Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick
I recommend this book because it is all about a Year 6 class who are on a school trip from hell, which makes it very relatable! It’s a heart-warming story all about children joining forces in acts of bravery and kindness, to save their classmates, but also has a carefully balanced mix of both horror and humour.
Miss Jones recommends…The Girls by Lauren Ace
I really like the message behind this story and it reminded me a lot of my childhood. I even sent a copy to my sister to cheer her up during lockdown.
Mrs Aziz recommends…Lion Boy by Zizou Corder
This is a great story about a boy who can speak “cat”. He uses this skill to help try to solve the mystery of his kidnapped parents, whilst making friends with a homesick circus lion along the way. It is full of adventure and also part of a trilogy.
Mrs Emerson recommends…The Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
This is a book that I read as a child and loved – in fact, I still do! It’s a moving story of three adopted sisters who show that when you work together, use your skills and try your best, then your dreams really can come true!
Mrs Wright recommends…The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It is quite a challenging read to begin with, but it is a great story about a big secret and how three children become great friends, despite coming from very different backgrounds.
For some extra reading challenges this summer, have a look at The Reading Agency’s “Summer Reading Challenge” https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
There will also be Summer Challenge Packs available to collect, with lots of different activities to do over the summer holidays. Please do come to school and pick one up – it is so important to keep on top of your learning during August so that you can be your best in September for your new class.
Best wishes and have a lovely summer,
The Year 5/6 Team