Years 5 and 6 2017 - 2018

Mrs Bours

Mrs Fish

Mr Evans


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Welcome Back Year 5 and 6!

I hope you have all had a great half term and are

ready for the hard-working weeks ahead...




  • 'Christmas Experience' at St Thomas' Church - Please bring permission slips back as soon as possible!
  • Christmas Concert - Make sure you are learning your song words and dialogue ready for the Christmas concert. Ask Mr Evans if you are not sure which character you are playing!
  • Homework - All homework diaries should be signed by an adult at home and need to be in school every Friday to be checked by either myself or Mrs Fish.



Given out Friday 8th December


'Twas The Night Before Christmas' - Comprehension


Christmas Around The World - Comprehension



What are we learning about this term?

Topic: Victorian Inventions - Taught by Mr Evans, you will discover the weird and wonderful inventions that the Victorians discovered from 1837 - 1901. After half term you will concentrate on Leisure and Entertainment Through Time; you'll find out how different it was before the invention of computers and televisions!


English: Our fiction work will be based on 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick.  This wonderfully imaginative novel will enable us to develop our story writing, grammar, punctuation and drama skills drawing on themes of technology, history and poverty. Our non-fiction work will use our topic and science themes, as we will create information texts, explanatory texts and discussions about Victorian life and Space in the 21st century.

We shall begin each morning in differentiated spelling groups, practising spelling rules and dictionary work in preparation for our weekly spelling tests on a Friday.


Science: Earth and Space - We shall be learning about our solar system and in particular the Earth, Sun and Moon. Our sessions will include how ideas about space how changed over time, and historical events such as the Moon Landings and discoveries of new planets. After half term Mrs Lord will be teaching you science, and together you will explore and investigate 'Forces'.


Maths: Each morning you will have a session of 'Active Maths', which  promises to get you thinking and moving in preparation for the day ahead! This is a new addition to our timetable this term and will help develop your mental maths skills in a really fun way. Mrs Lord will teach your daily maths lesson which will include lessons in our new outdoor Maths area. This term problem solving will be high on the agenda, alongside place value, calculations and fraction work.


Computing: E-Safety, Flowcharts and Algorithms - Mr Evans will be teaching you the knowledge and skills and will emphasise the importance of staying safe online both in and out of school. 


RE / PSHE: Our first week back at school shall be a chance for us to focus on British Values. We shall be exploring the 4 main aspects: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Tolerance & Mutual Respect of Others through class discussion, role play, performance poetry and debate. We shall present our 'best bits' at the whole school assembly at the end of September.

RE work will focus on Beliefs, Teachings and Sources. Mrs Lord will help you to develop your understanding of religion through learning about key religious figures and sacred writing.


Other subjects will be taught by the following:

Music: Mrs McAllister

Spanish: Congleton High School

PE: Sports Coaching North West


What do we need to remember to bring to school?


Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure you bring your kit (white T-shirt, black shorts / skorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers). All long hair should be tied back and under no circumstances should jewellery be worn.


Golden Time activities will continue to take place on Friday afternoons. We shall let you know which group you are in and what kit you will need to bring to school through a letter home. Activities include: Change for Life Sport; Change for Life Cooking; Art & Craft; Forest School; and Sewing.


Homework tasks for both English and Maths will be given out every Friday, with the work due in the following Thursday. Please bring your yellow homework diary with you so we can record all of your tasks clearly. Remember to ask your parent or carer to sign your homework diary ready for each Friday.


Spelling tests will take place every Friday morning, with new spellings given out for the following week. These words will be based on the spelling rule you have learnt in your spelling group activiites.


Please remember to bring your reading book and reading record every day in order to read in class and to an adult if necessary.

You are responsible for changing your reading book on a regular basis, so please remember to use the chart on the wall in the classroom for me to keep track of your reading. Please remember to ask an adult at home to sign your reading record each week.


Finally, if you should have any questions about our class, don't forget to ask!


Mrs Bours


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Castle Academy

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

Contact the School

Castle Primary School

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218