Latest Year 5 Newsletter

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 5 learning letter.

Year 6

Meet the Year 6 Team

Mrs Farmer

Mrs Farmer Miss Upson

Mrs O’Rourke


Mrs Sims

Mrs Forsey



Year 6 have been using Twitter to tell the world what they have been up to. Click on the link below to see their Tweets:

What we will be learning…

Reading... In Whole Class Guided Reading, we will be continuing to read and explore a variety of texts. We will be looking at a range of question types which will require children to use their retrieval, interpretation and explanation skills. We will be thinking carefully about authors’ choice of language and layouts.

Learning Top Tip – “Always re-read words you don’t understand and use context to help get the meaning,”suggests Maxence.

Maths...In Maths we will continue to practise applying our number skills to more complex reasoning problems. Our weekly focus on arithmetic will continue. Keep practising your times tables to help you speed up when calculating!

Learning Top Tip – “If you are stuck on a times table, always remember to be resourceful and collect a times table grid,” says Kitty.

GRAMMAR – We will further develop our knowledge and understanding of SPaG terminology. We will continue working on applying our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills to our extended pieces of writing.

Learning Top Tip – “In a SPaG test you need to look carefully at the question to see what it is asking you,” advises Marley.

Writing… In English we will be exploring the story ‘A Monster Calls; by Patrick Ness. This powerful text will be the basis for our continuing work on vocabulary expansion and composition. A regular focus on
spelling and handwriting will continue.
Learning Top Tip – “If you are stuck on a spelling, you can ask a friend or use a dictionary,” recommends Verity.

Science – In our weekly sessions with Mr Gough we will be exploring the exciting topic of EVOLUTION and INHERITANCE. Each lesson will begin with a starter activity to encourage more accurate use of our excellent English skills in Science sessions.

Geography- Our topic this term is South America! We have begun by learning about the geography of many countries within South America. We will now move onto exploring their culture further through research and discussion.

History – Alongside our South America focus will be a study on the Mayans. Again there will be much discussion, research, debate and practical opportunities to explore this unique culture.

PE – This continues to be on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your FULL PE kit is in school EVERY Thursday. Indoor PE will be run by Miss Upson this term and will focus on gymnastic skills, while outdoor PE will be led by Mr Gough this term.

Jigsaw – In our PSHE sessions for this half term we have already explored our dreams and goals for the future. We have considered what we will need to do in order to achieve their targets.

Latest Year 5 Newsletter

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 6 learning letter.

General information

Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. Normally we have PE on a Tuesday and Friday but we advise your children to have kits in school throughout the week as this sometimes changes according to the timetable. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE and a spare pair of socks. Roll on deodorant is also permitted (no spray deodorant please!) PE is a compulsory part of the curriculum. In encouraging the children to take greater responsibility for themselves, and in getting them prepared for secondary school - if your child does not have their PE kit in school when we have sport, they will complete an activity related to their learning in a class in school. If this happens 3 times, Mr Cox (our PE Leader), will be contacting parents. Please support your child in having their kit ready and in school. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.

Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.        

The BBC bitesize website has teaching, activities and quizzes that will support you in your learning: 

BBC Bitesize

Primary Homework Help also has different sections for English and maths as well as geography, history etc:

Primary Homework  Help

Woodlands Junior School has many useful links to different subjects to support you in your learning:

Woodlands Resources

Click on the link below to view an information video aimed at parents outlining the new National Curriculum tests for KS2

KS2 National Curriculum Tests Video

Click on the link below to view the Punctuation and Grammar Glossary

Punctuation and grammar glossary

If you have a grammar question or want to look for an example - check this fantastic website out:

These short video clips clearly shows you how to pronounce the sounds your child has been learning in school.

Articulation of Phonemes

Sounds of the English Phonic Code

Can you recommend any good websites for your class page? Share them with your teacher!



St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. D. Brown (BED Hons NPQH)
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710