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Year 5-6

Welcome to the Year 5/6 area!


Spring Term 2020

We have lots of exciting projects to look forward to this term. The theme for this term is Journeys, which will enable us to study several of the topics requested by the pupils. This will begin with some thought provoking work based on the award-winning book The Arrival by Shaun Tan. 

Year 5 will start their preparations for the Cathedral Project this term. We are very lucky to have the help of Rebecca Duckworth, a very accomplished singer and teacher, who will be coaching the children on a regular basis. Year 6 will be saving their voices for the production in the Summer Term. 


Our Year 5/6 Teachers: 

Mrs Ward in Cedar

Miss Wakefield in Oak 

Mrs Pederson in Willow 

Mrs Smith will be teaching one day in Cedar and one day in Willow each week. 


Our Year 5/6 Teaching Assistants:  

Mrs Lewin

Mrs Coney  

Key Information for Year 5/6


PE days

Monday – Oak (Miss Wakefield) & Cedar (Mrs Ward/Mrs Baxter)

Thursday – Willow (Mrs Pederson)

Friday – Games all classes


Children are expected to have their named PE kits in school 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 will be provided with an orange homework book.  Each Thursday a homework sheet will be stuck into their orange book, which will provide you with information regarding what we are covering in English, Maths and Spellings.  On the sheet you will find differentiated spelling list with a practise grid which we expect to be completed 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 (which will be given out in due course).  We require the CGP books to be returned each week 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 Thursday and should be returned the following Wednesday.  This allows us time to check the books 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. Every child will have a Reading Record and should bring this and their reading book to school every day.  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 are always happy to answer any queries that you may have but we would request that you come to see us after school via the office rather than in the morning, as this is a very busy time of day.


Spring Term Topic Map

SAT Preparation

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