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 – Summer Two
We’re entering a very busy final half term! Exciting residentials include: Year 5 children visiting Walesby from Wednesday 21st June till Friday 23rd June and Year 6 children visiting Edale from Monday 3rd July till Friday 7th July. Preparations for the summer show will commence after half-term as well as the Year 6 children rehearsing for their special leavers’ assembly. This year’s summer show is on Tuesday 18th July and the Year 6 leavers’ assembly is on the last day of term – Tuesday 25th July.
‘What’s so special about the USA?’ topic lessons will continue and children will be learning about: the different states of America; the climates of different areas across the country; and the history of the flag and Native Americans. As Year 6 children are in Edale on Tuesday 4thJuly, our theme day celebrating Independence Day and doing all things American will be on Monday 10th July. We will be asking for a donation of £1 from each child to cover the cost of food and decorations.
The new science topic is ‘Will we ever send another human to the moon?’ where children will be learning about the size and movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system. We will be carrying out a day long investigation to look at how the sun appears to move across the sky. We will also be researching the astronaut Neil Armstrong with the intention of writing a biography and a newspaper article about his moon landing.
Swimming lessons (for Year 5 children) will continue to be on a Thursday afternoon, until further notice.
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