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Years 5 & 6


Welcome back to the first half term of 2023, we hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break and a well-deserved rest. This half term, our topic is Pharaohs and we will be focusing on the curriculum areas of History and Art.

In our History lessons, we will be learning about what the Ancient Egyptian civilisation was like, as well as learning about the significance of the River Nile and debating whether or not Ahkenaten was a successful leader.

In Art, the children will be comparing and contrasting work by different artists. They will also be learning to see the negative space in images and objects in order to recreate the work of Tang Yau Hoong.

In Science, the children will be learning the movement of the Earth and the moon, as well as developing their understanding of forces including gravity and air resistance through practical investigations.

In English we will be continuing our work on narrative writing for the first part of the half term before moving onto instructional writing relating to our topic.

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

  • Visit the Ancient Egypt exhibition at the British Museum
  • Build the pyramids out of recyclable materials found at your house
  • Conduct some research into hieroglyphics and write a message for a member of your family to try and decode
  • Find out about the clothes worn by Ancient Egyptians. You could compare the Ancient Egyptian clothing with modern dress
  • Research Egyptian jewellery, then design and make a piece of your own
  • Research the family tree of an Egyptian Royal Family then present the information



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.
  • 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

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.

PE Days

PE lessons will continue twice weekly in school.

For PE days, children can come to school wearing their PE kit. Please ensure appropriate footwear is worn on these days. The children will have PE on the following days:

Stingrays: Monday and Thursday

Sharks: Wednesday and Thursday

Dolphins: Monday and Tuesday

The teachers in Upper Key Stage 2 are:

Mrs Briers – Stingrays class teacher and UKS2 leader

Miss Parker-Routh – Dolphins class teacher

Mrs Lockley – Sharks class teacher

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