Welcome to Year 5 & Year 6 (Upper Key Stage Two)
Children have now entered their final two years at Holly Primary School and we aim to ensure there is a balance between a stimulating and exciting curriculum and preparation for their end-of-year assessments. We place a greater emphasis on further developing independence and responsibility for their own learning. We aim to encourage a more mature attitude through participation in initiatives such as DARE, British Values and PSHE.
In addition to all of the hard work, the children can look forward to our longer residential experiences in Walesby and Edale alongside other exciting trips. We have three classes in upper Key Stage Two and we operate an open-door policy where parents are always welcome. Miss Millington is very excited to have joined our team. Our Yammer feed below will give you regular updates about life in Years 5 and 6.
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Overview – Autumn One
Welcome back to a new year in Years 5 and 6.
Our main topic for this half term is World War Two. As part of this work, the children will learn about the causes of the war, the role of Adolf Hitler and how people’s lives were affected. Our visit to the Holocaust Centre on Friday 22nd September will focus more closely on the lives of Jewish people and how they were affected by the war. The day will allow the children to follow the ‘journey’ of a Jewish child named Leo.
All our English lessons will also be linked to World War Two. We will begin by studying the book ‘Carrie’s War’ in which the children will learn about the life of evacuee children who moved to the countryside. We will then move onto ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, looking at extracts from her diary and again focussing on the lives of Jewish people. Finally, we will be focussing on the short animated film ‘The Piano’ in which the children will take on the role of a soldier and think about his memories.
Our maths lessons this half term will all be focussing on ‘number’ and understanding place value. Children will extend their prior knowledge of rounding, comparing and ordering numbers, moving onto working with numbers into millions. We also plan to give the children opportunities for problem solving and working as groups to practise reasoning.
PE kits need to be in school every day in case of changes to timetables. This kit should consist of a t-shirt, trousers or shorts and a jumper/hoodie in the PE colours (white, grey, blue or black). Football shirts and brightly coloured hoodies are not acceptable PE wear.
English Journals have now been given out to the children. They will be set a weekly task to complete and hand in for the following Monday. We ask you to sign these pages to ensure the children have completed the activity and filled in their reading section for reading at home. Children will also be set English or Maths homework to be completed by the set date given in their homework diary.
Our doors are always open if you need to speak to us and we thank you for your continuing support. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
Homework will be handed out on a Friday and children will note when it needs to be returned in their homework diaries. Please note that additional homework may be given out at different times of the week. We aim to encourage independence as they move towards secondary school.
PE will commence week beginning 12th September and correct PE kit must be in school at all times.
We are excited that all children in Year 5 and 6 will be taking part in the DARE programme this year. These sessions will begin on Wednesday for Miss Godfrey’s class and Thursday for Miss Millington and Miss Middleton’s classes. Children are expected to read regularly and note this in their reading journals. In addition to their weekly homework children will need to complete a reading journal activity page.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to come and see us, our doors are always open!
Thank you for your continued help and support.
Miss Godfrey, Miss Middleton and Mrs Freer