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Year 5 and 6 – Spring Term 2020


Welcome to a new decade!

In Year 5&6, as we start the Spring Term, we would just like to thank everyone for supporting our school Motto:

‘Together with Christ Everyone Achieves More’


The curriculum in Year 5 and 6 this term:

The unit is called ‘Earthwatch'.



The diocesan units this term include Signs, Symbols and Rites of Baptism, Parables of Jesus, Lent and Holy Week.

We will start the Spring Term with Epiphany Mass at the parish church of St Mary & St Benedict on January 6th 2020. It will be a 9.30am start. You are all most welcome to attend Mass with us.

The children will also take part in whole school and phase masses both at school and in Church throughout the term. You are always most welcome to come and celebrate mass with us too – Father Jimmy would certainly welcome your ongoing support.



Fiction: The Piano and Stig of the Dump

Non Fiction: Biography and Autobiography

Grammar: children will continue to work on sentence structure and practise using a variety of writing techniques. Grammar work will also focus on knowledge and application of word classes along with recognition and accuracy of application in punctuation. The children will grow in confidence using the correct terminology too.


Guided Reading will focus on language and breadth of knowledge across a variety of fiction and non fiction subjects. We will begin to use Comprehension Express which looks at using 10 expert reading tips to ensure understanding. Overall, the programme  will help the children develop an understanding of historical, factual and fictional challenging texts. You can find some more information about reading skills and strategies in the reading diary your child brings home. We will be focusing on broad understanding and using question stems that require children to locate specific evidence within a text, as well as helping children use evidence from a text to form an opinion.


Spellings: your child will have a spelling assessment each week that will focus on word families and types of words. Please help your child learn and practise using these words in written and spoken work. It is very important that your child can spell accurately as they will be assessed in this at the end of Year 6 - both in their independent written work and in a random spelling assessment of 20 words.



4 number rules



Handling Data

Shape and Space

All of these areas of learning will be contextualised within a variety of word and reasoning problems. Your child will have a mental maths assessment every week - practise of multiplication tables and completion of homework will ensure that they can always achieve their best.



Properties of Materials

Investigating and Experimenting

Influential scientists




The Earth and sustainability

Other Subjects:

The children will continue to take part in weekly music lessons with Mrs Earnshaw and continue to learn the Ukulele. Lessons are on Thursday afternoon.

Computing will enable the children to design games using the basics of coding. We will be using a programme called 'Hopscotch'. We will also revise internet safety and technological safety with the children on Safer Internet Day - February 11th. The theme this year is 'Together for a better internet'.

PE will be Athletics/Circuit Training with Mr Gaffney.

Basketball/Dodge-ball and other team sports on a Friday afternoon will continue to be with Mr Gaffney too.


Additional Information:

Year 6 pupils will be thinking about revision and preparation for their SAT’s in the summer term. Work in school and homework will be tailored to meet their needs. Please support them in their work at home, especially in hearing them read daily to ensure they read fluently and with a good pace. It would also help if you could take time to discuss their book.

There is a book look for all Year 5&6 parents at 2.30pm on Monday 13th January. Please come and see how well your child is working. Following this, a parent information meeting for the Year 6 SAT's will be held in the school hall. Please attend as we will be sharing examples of materials that your child will need to complete in the SAT tests in May. This will last for about 40 minutes.


We also have the Y5&6 residential trip to Plas Dol-y-Moch this term. Those children not attending will take part in the XP  - a series of activities organised by the teachers at school. Paperwork in regards to all trips and activities will be coming home soon.

We will keep you informed as the term develops.

Thanks for your ongoing support,

Year 5 and 6 Staff


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