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.
Meet Our Teachers…
We also welcome Mr A McIlwaine who joins us on maternity cover.
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Overview – Autumn One 2018
Welcome back to the start of a busy and exciting year in Years 5 and 6!
Our main topic this half term is ‘World War One’. In this topic we will be learning about the events that triggered the start of the war, the countries who were involved and the alliances that were formed, the conditions and experiences of soldiers on the front line and the role of women and children during the war. Our English work will also link to our topic and extend our understanding of World War One. We will study ‘War Game’ by Michael Foreman and ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo as well as examining a range of wartime poetry before writing our own poem.
Maths will follow the National Curriculum and all classes will start securing and developing their understanding of number and place value. We also have a strong emphasis on fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We are continuing Times Tables Rockstars this year and we are excited to find out who the first Rockstars will be! Please keep encouraging your children to log on at home as regularly as possible.
PE with a Nottingham Forest Sports Coach will take place every Tuesday up until Christmas and children will need to have their PE kit in school for these sessions. Please keep these kits in school all week as other PE sessions may also take place. The PE kit must contain a t-shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms and hoodie or jumper for when the weather is cold (these must follow the Holly PE kit colours of black, blue, grey and white) and suitable footwear. If a child happens to forget their kit, they will be able to borrow a spare kit that the school is now keeping a stock of.
Every class is also participating in an 11-week DARE programme. Each week children will learn about a different aspect of DARE (including drugs, alcohol, peer pressure and cyber-bullying) and will be expected to complete a short piece of homework. DARE sessions will take place every Monday and children will need to ensure their DARE book is in school for each session.
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