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Years 5 & 6

Scream Machine

Welcome back to the first half of the final half term of this school year. This half term, our topic is ‘Scream Machine’ and our curriculum focus areas are Geography and DT.

In our Geography lessons, the children will be learning about trade and globalisation. They will be learning about products that are imported and exported from different countries around the world, fairtrade and the issues people living and working in El Salvador face when trying to grow crops to earn money.

In DT, the children will be learning all about rollercoasters and exploring the designs of their carriages to design and make their own moving carriage.

Our Science work will be building on the children’s prior knowledge of light to investigate the shape of shadows. They will also be exploring a variety of mechanisms and forces, with a particular focus on gears.

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.

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

  • Research different theme parks around the world. How are they similar and different to ours here in the UK?
  • Take a virtual tour of different theme parks online
  • Have you ever been to a theme park? Could you write a review?
  • Can you create a rollercoaster using materials in your home?


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

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.

P.E Days

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

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: Tuesday and Friday

Dolphins: Wednesday and Friday

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