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 Welcome to Year 5 & 6 - Term 1


Kingfishers - Mr Bell and Mrs Anstee - Year 5

Toucans - Mrs Coumbe - Year 5/6

Doves - Miss Townsend - Year 6



The Curriculum

This term, our topic is Space. 


Literacy - In our literacy lessons, we will be focusing our work around the topic of Space and the history of the Space Race. This topic gives us a lot opportunities to link our writing to a variety of genres. For example, writing to inform and diary entries written as Neil Armstrong, as the first man on the Moon. Together, with  creative writing and reading comprehension.  


Maths - In our maths workshops sessions and our maths lessons we are learning about the order of operations, angles, 2D and 3D shape, area and fractions.  We will continue to practise our times tables weekly and learn mental math strategies. As the term progresses we will explore scale and recording information on graphs linked to our topic of Space.  


Science - In our science lessons we will be exploring Space and learning about day and night, the movement of the Earth and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system, the phases of the Moon and the movement of the Moon relative to Earth. Linking to this, we have planned an exciting trip to the Science Museum in London.


PSHE - In PSHE we will be focusing on anti bullying and talking about how to be kind to each other.  As part of our exciting 'Gateway Rocks' project, the children will be painting rocks which will then be placed around Carterton. Further information about this project can be found on our Facebook page.


History - In history,  we will be learning about the Space Race and researching how and where it started and also linking to more recent events and the impact it has had on the modern world. Homework tasks, the children will be given opportunities to explore Space related projects. 


Music - We will be singing and playing musical instruments in our music lessons on Monday and singing in assemblies on Thursday with Mrs Jarvis. 


Art and DT -  This term we will be studying how the astronauts travelled on the Moon and we will be designing and making a model of a moon buggy. 


French - In French we are learning vocabulary based around planets. We will use songs and actions to help us remember them. 


RE - In R.E. we will explore the Christmas Story.


Computing -


PE - In P.E., all classes will complete outdoor and indoor sessions each week.  Indoor PE will be health and fitness and outdoor will be netball. Toucans and Doves will swim on Tuesday mornings until Christmas. 



The children will be given their  homework on a Wednesday and it must be completed by the following Monday: 


-Times tables 

- Topic (optional) 

- MyMaths (electronic) 

- Reading (at least 4 x a week)

- Grammar and Punctuation (Year 6 only)


This may change slightly as we approach SATS for Year 6: more information to follow.


PE Days

Please ensure the children have their PE kits in all week to allow for changes in the timetable.

Children must have: black shorts, white t-shirt, trainers, suitable jogging bottoms and jumper for the colder months (not school trousers or jumper). 

If your child wishes to play sport at lunchtimes, please could you also provide an additional kit. 


Class Session 1 Session 2
Kingfishers  Monday - outdoor games.  Tuesday - Circuits
Toucans  Tuesday - Swimming Monday - outdoor games. 
Doves Tuesday - Swimming Monday - outdoor games. 



Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day. It is their responsibility to keep it clean and filled. It is especially essential in this hot summer weather.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to pop in after school. 


Thanks for your continued support! 


The Year 5/6 Team