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Year 5/6

Here, on the Y5/6 class page, you will find all of the useful information that you need to know about Y5/6 as well as being able to view some of the learning that will take place during the year.

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SATs Timetable for week beginning 9th May


  • Reading – A polite reminder that in Years 5 and 6, the expectation is that all children read at least five times a week, record this in their learning log and bring their learning log into class every day. Please ensure that your child is taking responsibility for this and reading at home.
  • Home Learning tasks - Two pieces of homework are set each week for Y6 and one piece of homework is set each week for Y5. The homework should be completed in the homework book.

This half term's class focus text is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Told through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel set in Panem - a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle to the death as a punishment for an uprising against the wealthy Capitol.

As well as reading other books written by Robert Swindells, why don't you challenge yourself this term to read all of our 'additional must reads'? Recommend your favourite to peers, share your thoughts with me or other members of staff in school and read other books by the same authors.

Our Class Tree

Did you know that the Hawthorn has a wide variety of medicinal uses? The leaves, berries, and flowers can all be used in the production of medicine. One of the main uses of Hawthorn is to treat high blood pressure. It was found to widen blood vessels in the body which, in turn, helps to increase blood flow.

Ways to Help your Child


  • Reading – If you are able to listen to your child read regularly at home, this will aid their inference and comprehension skills as you can focus on asking questions about the events/information, characters and language of the story/text. Please help to promote your child’s love of reading by encouraging them to read often, widely and by reading other books written by authors that they have previously enjoyed. All children will bring home a library book and can change this as and when they complete it.
  • Home Learning tasks- Encourage pride in presentation when your child completes home learning tasks as well as establishing a set time/routine for when the tasks will be competed each week. These tasks will be marked.
  • Times tables- Encourage regular practice at home on Times Tables Rockstars in addition to school practice in order to increase the speed of times tables recall. Some Y5s and Y6s have not yet achieved rapid recall of all facts up to 12 x 12.
  • Spelling- encourage your child to practice their year group’s statutory words and zero tolerance words within their learning log as we will be checking these in your child’s writing as the year goes on, as well as allowing for class time to teach and practice these too.
  • Independence- We place great emphasis on children developing a growing sense of pride and independence. It would be most beneficial for you to encourage your child to be organised and prepared for their day in school and help facilitate them becoming more confident and self-reliant.
  • Growth Mindset- We actively encourage a positive mind-set in everything that your child participates in (even if it is a skill or subject that they don’t particularly feel that confident with yet). The key word is yet!