Year 5/6

 Weekly overview

Year 5/6 were lucky enough to take part in bikeability this week and successfully completed their Level 2 training. It was good to take our learning outside of the classroom to gain some valuable practical lessons.

In English, we have continued our biographical unit and have used books by Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo as examples. We celebrated Roald Dahl day on Monday with a day themed around the great author. Pupils also wrote their own short autobiographical paragraphs (inspired by our reading of Boy by Roald Dahl) and revised our speech punctuation on Friday by writing a dialogue between someone we admire and ourselves.

Maths has been interesting this week as we looked to find different mental strategies for solving addition and subtraction calculations. We will continue this into next week in order to make sure we are secure using these new methods independently.

Homework will be set daily and is to be completed for the following day (unless specified otherwise). The work set will vary from maths, English, verbal reasoning and even afternoon topic work. Occasionally there will be longer projects or presentation pieces which will require more time and therefore longer deadlines.

It is recommended that children read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, which can be written in to your child’s reading record. Reading regularly can not only improve word recognition and fluency, but can also assist children in their writing during class. Therefore, children will be expected to read at least 2 stage books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from later stages).

P.E. will be on Friday this year so please ensure children attend school wearing their P.E. kits.  For P.E. children need to bring suitable clothing for the British weather as we will attempt to be outside providing it is not raining heavily. Tracksuit bottoms and fleeces can be worn. Please refer to the school email for a full list of clothing options. Can I please also ask that children bring suitable footwear in for sports.

Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and will be spent on tasks that the children have needed further support with. This could be arithmetic or grammar related. Therefore, I would encourage the children getting in to school on time, to ensure they do not miss any learning.

If you have any questions, please feel free to see me at 8:30 or at home time. Alternatively, you can contact me via an email to school or on Class Dojo.

Thank you


Curriculum Autumn Term 1

English – Gothic fiction, Recounts and Anthologies

Maths – Number and place value, Addition and subtraction, Properties of shapes, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Position and Direction.

In the afternoon sessions:

Topic – The Maya Civilisation

Art – South and Central American Art

Science – Animals including humans

Computing – Scratch

PE – Netball

Spanish- All about me