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. Our Yammer feed below will give you regular updates about life in Years 5 and 6.
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We also welcome Mr A McIlwaine who joins us on maternity cover.
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Year 5&6 Autumn Two Overview
Welcome back to a very busy half term at Holly.
Our topic this half term is ‘Why should Gunpowder, Treason and Plot never be forgotten?’ in which we will be studying the main events from the 17th Century. Some of the events we will cover are the English Civil War, the Great Fire of London and the Gunpowder Plot. As this has a historical focus, we will completing activities such as, sequencing events, researching and discussing what life was like during these times and how it has impacted our lives today.
Our English lessons this half term will focus on the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes’ role in greater depth. We will research and develop our knowledge of the event and the people involved. By the end of the unit the children will be writing a newspaper report recounting the event in chronological order with a focus on sentence structure and the key features of a newspaper report.
Our maths lessons continue to develop our number skills and we will move onto the four operations with a particular focus on the formal written methods including column addition and subtraction, short and long multiplication and short and long division (Year 6 only).
We are coming to the end of our DARE programme and the children will soon be preparing for the graduation ceremony that will held on Monday 3rd December. The Year 6 graduation will start at 9.30 and the Year 5 ceremony will begin at 2.15 (both will last approximately an hour). At the end the children will have the opportunity to purchase DARE merchandise.
Panto season is upon us and rehearsals will start to increase for our production of ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’. We look forward to performing for you on Friday 14th December (9.30am for Year 5 parents and 1.45pm for Year 6 parents).
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 5 and 6 team
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.
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 Mr McIlwaine