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Year 5/6

Welcome to the Year 5/6 area!


Autumn Term 2020

Welcome back!  We have missed seeing the children and are so pleased with how they have settled back into their learning.  Things are different but they are taking it all in their stride and making the most of the situation.


This term's topic question is 'Why is this topic not named?".  It is based on the first book of the Harry Potter series - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.  Each week we will read the next chapter(s) and our work is based on the events which happen.  Please see our topic web for the curriculum areas we will cover over the term.


Homework will be set via Seesaw each Friday and should be uploaded by the following Wednesday.


Reminders:  Children need to be responsible for their own earrings.  They must have a safe container to keep them in, their drawers are very full and teachers cannot take responsibility for earrings.  Better still, don't wear earrings on PE days.


In line Government guidelines we will be ensuring that all classrooms are well ventilated, obviously these means the classrooms will get cold.  Please ensure that your child is wearing layers and brings an additional hoodie or fleece to put on other their uniform.  On PE days we will continue to be going outside so please ensure your child will be warm.  They will not generally be wearing their coats during PE lessons so lots of layers is essential.


Our Year 5/6 Teachers: 

Miss Wakefield in Oak 

Mrs Pederson in Willow 

Mrs Smith in Cedar

Mrs Baxter will be teaching one day in Cedar, one day in Willow and one day in Oak each week. 


Our Year 5/6 Teaching Assistants:  

Mrs Porter-Smith

Miss Lockwood  

Key Information for Year 5/6


PE days

Monday – Oak (Miss Wakefield) & Cedar (Mrs SMith)

Tuesday – Willow (Mrs Pederson)

Friday – Games all classes


Children are expected to wear their PE kits all day for these sessions. As the days get colder it would be useful if your child’s P.E. kit could include a jumper and tracksuit bottoms as well as the usual t-shirt, shorts and trainers. Children should ensure that any long hair is tied back, no jewellery or watches are worn and earrings are removed for any PE sessions. If children need to remove their earrings during the school day, then they should be able to do this themselves.


Your child had been provided with an CGP books for Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.  Each Friday a homework sheet will be uploaded onto Seesaw.  On the sheet you will find differentiated spellings which we expect to be practised each day over the week.  You will also find a homework task: this maybe an activity or a page to complete in one of the CGP books.  We require a photograph of the homework to be uploaded onto Seesaw each week by the following Wednesday so that we can support any children as necessary.  We will not be marking the books as the answers are in the back which you can use at home to support your child’s learning.

All homework and spellings will be given out on a Friday and should be uploaded by the following Wednesday.  This allows us time to check and follow up on any misconceptions or difficulties.


As with every other year, we would encourage regular reading to occur at home ideally every day, but at least 5 times a week for about 30 minutes. It is your child’s responsibility to ensure their Reading Record is kept up to date.  Whole class guided reading will take place every day.


We have sent home Times Table Rockstars passwords - knowing your times tables is an invaluable skill for maths, it comes into so many different areas.  Please encourage your child to practise regularly so they become more fluent.  At the moment we cannot give the children the same access to the Chrome books to access TTRS at school as we have done in previous years.


We are always happy to answer any queries that you may have but we would request that you use our class email addresses to contact us in the first instance.

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