Dear Parent/Carer,

Below is an outline of the work to be covered over the next half term (Spring 1 2020) in Class Five.





By the end of Year Six, children need to be able to write confidently across a range of genres whilst applying their creativity and grammatical knowledge. We will continue to work on our writing and editing skills. Writing will be linked to our topic and class book.

Guided Reading

We will be working on our class book, Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, to support our vocabulary and comprehension skills. We will also be completing a number of ‘stand alone’ comprehensions to practise responding to an unknown text.


In class, children will be frequently tested on the Year 5/6 exception words, which can be tricky as they don’t necessarily follow typical spelling rules. Children also need to be including these words in their writing.  These will also be stuck in the front of homework books for you to practise at home.

Children will have weekly spelling lessons and complete a range of activities to become confident in applying spelling patterns. Spellings lists will be sent home and then randomly tested in lessons in the following weeks. This is to ensure that children don’t just remember spelling for a weekly test.


We will be following the White Rose Maths Hub scheme of work. This half term, our focus is on

decimals and percentages. Areas covered will be multiplying and dividing by 10/100 and 1000, converting between fractions, decimals and percentages and finding percentages of amounts. We will also be working on algebra at the end of the half term.

We frequently revisit the topics that we have covered earlier in the year to ensure that children retain their skills. A main focus that we revisit is arithmetic which includes adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing and fractions.


Our topic this half term is Materials. We will be looking at the properties of materials and how to classify them, reversable and irreversible changes and we will carrying out an experiment into the most suitable materials to protect an object. This investigation will allow children to build on their scientific enquiry skills.

Learning Expedition (History, Geography, Art and DT)

Our topic this term is Trade. We will be finding out about the different types of trade and the history of trade and how it has developed over time. To find out more about local trade, we will be visiting Keelham Farm Shop on Tuesday 28th January where we will receive a tour of the shop and have the local trade links explained. There will be a separate letter about this and a small contribution towards bus fare will be asked for.


In PE, we will be playing net games and taking part in gymnastics. PE is on Monday and Friday. Please ensure that a PE kit is in school all week.


Our topic in RE is Why do some people believe in God and some people not? where we will be exploring the different beliefs that people can have and how we can respect those beliefs.

P.S.H.C. E.

Say No! is our PSHCE topic. We will be finding out about peer pressure and how to deal with it along with the effects of drug, smoking and alcohol.  


Children will be working on word processing and Excel skills. An on-going theme throughout the year is e-safety.

Thursday 23rd January

Houses of Parliament London visit.

Please see the letter emailed last half term for information on our itinerary. An updated letter with final arrangements will be sent before the visit.

Thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Mrs Fordham