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Sapphires' Class






Summer  2018/19                     SAPPHIRES CLASS Year 5/6

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a very enjoyable Easter in whichever way you have spent it J The weeks are flying by and it will be just as busy in our run up to the summer holidays where we have lots planned for the children!


Things to remember:

  • School times – 8.45am – 3.15pm.
  • Uniform – please make sure ALL items of clothing are named, including coats and hats.
  • PE– Monday and Wednesday. Outdoor trainers will be needed on these days. It is extremely important that your child is equipped for these sessions. It is advisable that your child brings their PE kit in on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday- please support your child with this where possible (Year 6’s will start getting more homework in the run up to SATs).
  • Weekly spellings will be given out on a Monday and must be learnt ready for a spelling test on the Friday.
  • The children will be awarded on a weekly basis for those who have: 100% attendance; stayed on green light for behaviour; completed their homework and read at home three times that week.
  • Daily reading– your child will be given the chance to choose their own reading book in school. It will be their responsibility to change the book when they have finished it and get a parent signature. Please support your child with regular reading.
  • SMIRF targets- Your child will have two instant recall target facts (SMIRFs) for maths. Please support your child to practise these at home ready to be tested fortnightly in school. If you have any questions regarding the SMIRF targets, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


Thank you for your support.

Jess Kinsley

Year 5/6 Teacher

Head teacher: Mrs Diane Parker

What will we be learning in Sapphires this term?


We will be reading the book ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis and Non-Fiction books linked to our Science topics. Within these sessions we will be focusing on:




Story writing

Scientific writing

Non-chronological reports

We will be learning about and using the grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives from the year 5/6 curriculum.



Properties of Shape

Position and Direction

Problem Solving and Investigations

Throughout these lessons, children will be practising their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills linked to these units of work.



Our topics for the term are ‘life cycles’ and ‘body health’.



Our history topic is Ancient Greeks, where we will be: explaining the chronology of a timeline, understanding how the political system worked, learning about the Olympics, recalling facts about the Battle of Marathon and researching the gods and goddesses.



Our geography unit this term is ‘settlements and land use’, where we will be learning: why settlements develop in certain locations, how to use maps to identify settlements built by invaders, compare land use and create own maps.



The children will be learning how to present data in a range of ways and will be learning how to create their own games.



Our units for this term are:

  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities


The children will be learning: Classroom instructions and opinions; calculations in French; understanding dates; school timetables and subjects.


Art and DT:

In our Art and DT lessons, we are going to be focusing on working with textiles.


PSHE: Our PSHE topics are:

My healthy lifestyle

Moving On

Our British Values focus for each half term are: ‘individual liberty’ and ‘the rule of law’.



Significant celebrations including: Ramadan and Shavuot.

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