Class 5/6W 2021 - 2022

Mr Walters

Welcome to Year 5/6W


                                                                                                         Mr Walters



                                                                                                     Miss  Jessop 

                                                                                                 Teaching Assistant (1:1) 

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How we help children learn

We help children to learn by helping the children to retrieve their prior learning.  We add our new learning and sticky knowledge to this so that we develop a strong and meaningful schema - this is shown on our schema walls in the classroom.  It means that the children are able to know more and remember more of their learning. We help them to ignite their schema by interconnecting the curriculum and by using what is familiar to them within their locality. 


Our topic for the autumn term is The History of Protest. During this topic, we will develop our historical enquiry skills. We will look at protests throughout history, and discover what they are and why people take part in them.




In Years 5 and 6, we will be continuing to focus on the following things:

  • Developing our comprehension skills.
  • Improving our vocabulary.
  • Understanding what we read by: 
    • checking that the book makes sense, discussing our understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
    • asking questions to improve our understanding
    • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
    • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
    • summarising the main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
    • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
    • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
    • distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
    • retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
    • participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • Continuing to develop our love of reading. 5/6W LOVE reading! (We will update you weekly about our class word count.)
  • Being introduced to and inspired by different authors. We will study the texts: Brave Girl – Michelle Markel, Greta and the Giants – Zoe Tucker, Pride – Rob Sanders, Suffragettes – the Battle for Equality – David Roberts.


  • Planning, drafting, writing, editing, evaluating and proofreading our work.
  • Writing narratives, biographies, recounts, explanation and persuasive texts to inform and explain. 

Spellings - Below are the spelling words for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Children need to be working on these at home. Weekly spelling tests will take place. Please support your child with learning words sent home.





  • In Maths, we will be continuing to look at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We will be focussing on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We will also be working on …time, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, measure, statistics and shape.

It would be really helpful if you could: 

  • Practise all of the times tables and challenge yourself on TT Rockstars.
  • Let your child explain what they have done in Maths that day.
  • Explore topics on Mathletics.



This term we will be exploring: Properties and changes to materials and Animals including Humans.



  • During our topic of: Properties and changes to materials, we will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. We will know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution; use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. We will give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We will demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes and explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.



During our topic on Animals, including humans, we will describe the changes as humans develop to old age.


History – The History of Protest



This topic will allow us to develop our Historical enquiry skills. We will look at protests throughout history, and discover what they are and why people start them. 

Art and DT


In Art, we will look at a range of skills and media, focussing on drawing and painting. We will look at the artist, Andy Warhol and become familiar with the explosion of Pop Art.


In DT, we will build on our previous electricity work and design and create electronic motors.  We will create innovative designs and make products through stages of prototypes making continual refinements.                           




In Computing, we will become junior website developers. We will explore designing and building our own websites.

We will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.


In PSHE, we will look at happy and healthy friendships. We will look at peer pressure: both positive and negative. We will also focus on positive emotional health and wellbeing.



In RE, we will be looking at the religion of Christianity. We will be discussing and investigating Christian concepts which people find hard to understand. 



In Music, we will look at musical theatre focussing on protest songs. We will sing songs in tune with an awareness of other parts and develop harmonies.

PE Days

Autumn term’s focus: Target Games, Dance and Swimming

We have PE on Wednesday and Thursday so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, (t-shirt, shorts and pumps) all earrings must be removed, or covered up. If your child needs a new PE kit, they are available to buy at the school office. 


Your child will receive homework every Friday.

Maths and English / Spelling homework needs to be returned by the following Friday.

Children will have a spelling test every Friday.

We expect children to read daily for at least 20 - 30 minutes and to continue to learn their times tables.


In Year 5/6 you will be expected to do the following at home:

  • Read every night to an adult
  • Quiz at home using the Accelerated Reader / myON Programme
  • Practise your spellings
  • Literacy Homework – SPAG
  • TT Rockstars





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