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Years 5 & 6


Welcome back to the first half of our final term of the year.

This half term, our topic is ‘Allotments’ and our curriculum focus areas are History and Art.

In our History lessons, the children will be learning about what it means to be a monarch and comparing the leadership styles of a variety of Kings and Queens throughout British History.

In Art, the children will be learning all about collage techniques. They will have the opportunity to explore different materials and then use their preferred materials and technique for their final design.

Our Science work will be developing the children’s understanding of inheritance and adaptation and investigating DNA. They will also be considering what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and the positive and negative impacts of different food groups on the body.

This half term, the children will continue to develop their conversational language in our French lessons, explore a range of musical instruments in Music lessons and build on their computing skills.

PE lessons will continue twice weekly in school. No children will be attending swimming in Upper Key Stage 2 this half term.

PE Days

For PE days, please can children come to school wearing their PE kit and ensure that a jumper and tracksuit bottoms are worn on colder days as the children will have a session outside. Please also ensure appropriate footwear is worn on these days. The children will have PE on the following days:

Stingrays: Monday and Thursday

Sharks: Tuesday and Friday

Dolphins: Wednesday and Friday

Here are some things you might want to do at home:

  • Research the seasonality of fruits and vegetables. How does that differ from country to country?
  • Can you grow some fruits or vegetables of your own at home?
  • Take a visit to your local garden centre
  • Get cooking! Can you research some healthy recipes and create a meal at home for the family to enjoy


We will be continuing to set homework this half term in line with the homework policy:

  • In Year 5 and 6, maths homework is set every Thursday and is due in the following Tuesday.
  • Spellings are set on a weekly basis and will cover National Curriculum spelling rules as well as the common exception words for the key stage.
  • Children are expected to read a minimum of five times per week and this is to be recorded in their planners (Year 6) or reading records.
  • Children should access TT RockStars for a minimum of 10 minutes daily.
  • Throughout the year, additional spelling, punctuation and grammar homework may also be set to support the learning taking place at school.
  • Homework club is run every Thursday during lunch time if the children would prefer to complete this at school.


Important information

Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) will be taking place for the Year 6 children this half term, between Monday 9th and Thursday 12th May. Please see the parent information Power Point sent via Parent Mail for any further information or speak to your child’s class teacher.

SATs presentation 2022

The Year 6 residential will be taking place this half term between Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th May, further information to follow.

Please only bring essential items to school on a daily basis ie: reading book, spelling book, reading diary, lunch box (if not having hot school meals). Pencil cases and equipment are provided in school.

Your child needs a refillable water bottle that is taken home daily for washing before returning to school the next day.

The teachers in Upper Key Stage 2 are:

Mrs Briers – Stingrays class teacher and UKS2 leader

Miss Parker-Routh – Dolphins class teacher

Miss Sadler – Sharks class teacher

The adults supporting in Upper Key Stage 2 are:

Mrs Donald, Mrs Brown and Mr Marshall

Supporting Your Child at Home