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Welcome to Year 5 and 6

Year 5/6 is grouped into 5 classes named after a bird of prey, and taught by the following members of staff:
Eagle - Mr Sykes and Mrs Matthews
Kestrel - Miss Shah and Mrs Matthews
Falcon - Mrs Tong and Mrs Martin
Owl - Miss Hancox and Mrs Martin
Hawk – Mrs Simpson and Mrs Martin.
They are assisted by Mrs Holt, Miss Smith, Mrs Hart and Mr Truepenny. Mrs Jenks will also be providing additional tuition. 


In addition to English and Maths, our main curriculum themes throughout this year will be:

• Coastal Features
• Ancient Greeks
• Map Skills
• The Golden Age of Islam
• Evolution and Habitats
• Deserts

We will also be continuing with French, Swimming (at The Pods) and Violin lessons.


In Year 5/6 we …..

• Study information texts, stories and poems
• Practice and extend our knowledge of grammar and punctuation
• Write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
• Learn draft and to peer and self-assess our writing
• Develop strategies for spelling, especially with prefixes and suffixes


Following a mastery curriculum for maths, we….

• Develop our arithmetic skills
• Look at a range of methods to solve calculations mentally and use formal written methods
• Extend our knowledge and understanding of fractions, percentages and decimals (to 3 digits)
• Investigate measures, geometry and statistics
• Begin to look at algebra and ratios
• Apply all the above skills in reasoning and solve problems.


Reading is the most important skill we teach and learn in school. In Year 5/6 we continue to develop retrieval and inference skills, develop vocabulary knowledge and how to answer vocabulary related questions. We also look at the reasons why author’s choose words and phrases as well as summarising skills.

Home Learning

Home learning will be provided each week through our school’s DB primary learning platform. Tasks may also include using TT Rockstars and Mathletics to support learning in Maths. Children will be given their log-in details. 


Each class takes part in swimming lessons at different times of the year on a Tuesday morning at The Pods. They travel by coach. Swimming kit consists of trunks/full swimming costume and a towel. Caps are encouraged so that children’s hair is not as wet when returning to school. Goggles are allowed, but not essential.  Nothing else should be brought. If for any reason, your child is unable to go swimming, you must send a letter to school stating the reason.

PE is on Monday and Tuesday mornings when the children are not swimming. Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons. Children should also have plimsolls to wear on their feet.
PE kit should be in a bag that will hang on their peg under their coat.
Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name and class.

Uniform and Jewellery

Children should wear a white or yellow polo shirt with a green jumper or cardigan and black or grey skirt or trousers. Black shoes should be worn, not trainers or boots of any sort. Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery including ear-rings which should not be worn to school.  Watches may be worn. Long hair MUST be tied back throughout the day. Nail polish and make-up are not allowed. Headscarves or coverings may be worn for religious purposes, but they must be a plain school colour (black, white, grey, yellow or green) and must be removed for PE.

Other Information

Water bottles should be taken home for washing daily. Water bottles can be purchased from the office. Apart from PE kits, children so not need to bring items to school (this includes toys and stationery).

Please ensure your child comes to school on time every day. Attendance certificates will be given out for each half term.

Classes that beat their attendance target will be rewarded with certificates and a party.

For information about the curriculum, please visit the curriculum page.

Additional Information

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