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Respect, Pride, Choice

Welcome back year 5/6!

Hello from Miss Heath...


Chestnut Class 2018 - 2019


Hello and welcome back to the new half term! We hope your child enjoyed  their break. Spring is finally here and we’re all looking forward to the lighter days and (hopefully) brighter weather. It’s all systems go this half term with the build up to the SATs, which we plan to tie in with out topic for some fun and meaningful learning.

PE Days: Please make sure your child has full kit for the whole week. They need indoor and outdoor kit please – T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit and trainers are essential items.  Without the correct kit your child may not be able to participate. PE Days will be Tuesday afternoons for both classes, Wednesday mornings for Willow Year 5s and Friday mornings for Chestnut Year 5s.  


Internet Safety Reminders and Playing Violent Games

Please be aware of what your child is doing online. Remember it is illegal for year 5/6 children to have Facebook and other social media accounts. This is an ongoing issue across the country, and it is paramount your child knows what is appropriate content when online.

Also, please don’t let your children play video games rated 12 or above. The violent and offensive content is coming out at school.  It is a serious issue that affects both behaviour and learning.

Class teachers are always happy to meet and discuss anything that you feel may affect your child’s happiness or enjoyment of school. Please catch us at the end of the day or make an appointment through the office.


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Welcome back to Year 5/6!

We hope your child had a great break! This leaflet serves as a brief overview of the term ahead.

Start of the Day: Please ensure your child is at school for 8.45am. Class doors will be open and a member of staff will be present with a learning challenge for your child as soon as they enter the classroom. Doors will be closed at 9.00am.

End of Day: KS2 children finish at 3.30pm. Parents should wait outside the class door as usual but KS2 children are expected to be responsible for coming to you. Teachers will be available to make sure everyone is collected. Please do come up to the patio rather than waiting outside the fence or in your car as we need to be able to see that children are leaving with the correct adult.

  • If you want your child to leave the premises unaccompanied, please put this in writing for us.
  • If you are sending someone else to pick up your child, please call us in advance to let us know.

Water bottles: Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school. They are £1.50 from the office.


YEAR 5 & 6 Topic focus for the Spring term:

Revolution: This topic is all about Victorians and the Industrial Revolution, this topic ‘drives’ much of our learning. Other learning foci are:

Science – Electricity and circuits

Geography – cities and transport in Victorian times; using maps

Music –  Victorian parlour songs

Art & Design – Artists of the Victorian period; Victorian homecraft (textiles) William Morris

I.C.T. – Digital Photography

P.E.  – Victorian Drill

RE – What matters most to Christians, Humanists and me

           Easter: redemption and renewal

French – Le Petit Dejeuner



English: Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are taught and practised in all areas of the curriculum as well as having a discrete focus in English lessons. For this half term we are reading Cogheart, which is an exciting novel by Peter Rundell. It’s setting is perfect for our Victorian topic. Our reading and writing learning will all focus on this book. All children will have an appropriate reading book in school, and this may be brought home each evening. We encourage children to read widely at home as well – don’t forget non-fiction and poetry books, magazines and newspapers are all good reading!

Maths: The focus this term is on preparing for SATs. We will be covering areas of the curriculum such as statistics and shape and measure but also revisiting prior learning on number, place value and fractions, decimals and percentages. Any help you can give your child would be greatly appreciated.

Key Dates:

Parents Evenings – Tuesday 9th April, Wednesday 10th April, Thursday 11th April

Assessment Week – WC 25th March


Reading underpins all learning and so we feel it is of vital importance that your child reads every day where possible. We also ask that children spend time practising their times tables on TT Rockstars. Their times tables are essential in understanding concepts in fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will find they understand the methods and calculations far more quickly if they have a solid knowledge of their times tables.

Daily: 10 minutes reading (minimum) – this may include being read to or listening to an audio book; Time on TT Rockstars to improve their times table knowledge.

Your child will be given a Planner to record their reading each week. Your child can also choose to record our weekly spellings in the planner but this is not compulsory. Children will also use their planners in lessons as they contain valuable reference material such as multiplication grids and maths vocabulary.