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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Year 5&6 Spring Two Overview
Our topic this half term is Ancient Egypt. As part of this topic, the children will study the main events
of this Ancient Civilisation. They will research the famous Egyptian Pharaohs and look in depth at the
short life of the most famous pharaoh – Tutankhamun. The children will also learn about
hieroglyphics, The River Nile and the importance of different Gods and Goddesses.
Our English work will all link to our main topic of Ancient Egypt. We will begin by focusing on the
interesting (and gruesome!) subject of mummification in which the children will write an explanation
text to describe the process. We will then be carrying out a book study into ‘The Secrets of a Sun
King’ which is a new book for the children to focus on. Our final piece of English work will involve
looking into different areas of Ancient Egyptian life and the children will work together to make a
non-chronological report which will be made into a class book.
Maths will continue to follow the National Curriculum for Year 5 and 6, working on shape, space and
measure. Please continue to support your children in using Times Table Rockstars at home as
knowledge of their times tables is so important for other areas of maths.
The next few weeks are incredibly important for the Year six children as they near their SATs tests. It
is vital that they are in school and ready to learn to get the most out of each and every lesson.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 5/6 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