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Year 5 and 6 Parent Handouts for Autumn Term Sep 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and children,


We are really excited to welcome you back into school after the summer holidays. We can’t have our normal Parent’s Meetings, so this is a mini newsletter to let you know some key information about the term ahead.


There are a few things that will be different to begin with this year:


School uniform:

School uniform should be worn in school. Make sure your child has a black jumper or cardigan as all windows and doors will be kept open.

THIS YEAR ONLY Black or plain trainers can be worn instead of normal school shoes. No high heels, sandals or flip-flops please.


PE/Sport days

In class 15, your child will have PE on Thursday. On these days, your child will need to come to school in their PE kit, including trainers. PE will take place outside so wear a tracksuit. DO NOT bring a PE kit into school.


Homework and Reading
Children will be given homework each week in a red book. It will be given out on Friday and handed back in on Tuesday. Each week, we will check that this is completed. There will be maths and reading or writing homework.
Please read with your child
every night and write in their reading diary.


Speaking with the class teacher
It won’t be as easy to speak to your child’s class teacher at the classroom door as before. If you would like to speak with any of your child’s teachers, just email them if you have their address or ask us and we will jot it down for you.


Autumn term – What lasting influence have the Greeks had on the world today?



We will be learning about the Ancient Greeks, and focusing on the following subject areas:

Trojan War
Greek Architecture
Odysseus’ journey

During topic lessons, we will be applying our literacy skills, through reading and writing activities.



Your child will be with their class teacher for literacy this term.
High quality fiction and non-fiction texts are studied during reading sessions, focusing on 6 comprehension skills.
Talk for Writing is used during writing sessions, guiding children for extended pieces of writing.
SPaG is covered every day, both discretely and within texts.



Your child will be with their teacher for maths this term.

Your child will learn about:

Year 5

Place Value
Number: Addition and Subtraction
Number: Multiplication and Division
Measurement: Perimeter and Area

Year 6:

Place value
Number: Four Operations
Number: Fractions
Geometry: Position and Direction



PE will be taught by class teachers, Mr Malooq and Mr Pemberton.

Children need to wear their PE Kit in school on their PE days.



Children will cover different topics throughout the term to help them express their emotions, and learn how to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and wider society.



Earth and Space:

describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky


recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.


Dates for your diary


Monday 21st September –  Reading Festival

Thursday 1st October –   National Poetry Day

Week beginning 12th October –   RE Week

Friday 23rd October –   End of Term

Monday 2nd November –   INSET Day

Tuesday 3rd November –  Return to school

Friday 13th November –   Children in Need



Ensure your child is completing their homework every week. If they need support, or you have any questions, please contact your class teacher.


Read every night with your child and write in your child’s reading diary.



If you have read with your child at least 4 times and recorded it in their diary, then at the end of each week your child’s name will move up the star ladder.

This will give your child the chance to attend termly tea parties with Mr Daintith.



It is really important that your child learns their weekly spellings at home, practising them every day. They will also need to learn the spellings from the Year 5 and 6 spelling lists.


Learning spellings helps children pass their Spelling paper in SATS, and also achieve the expected grade in writing at the end of the year.

Please see the spelling list for Year 5/6 on the next page.



Times tables

Your child needs to be fluent in their times tables up to 12 x 12 in order for them to access the year 5 and 6 curriculum.

Practise them every night- your children will have a TTRockstars login which makes this fun!



We will cover e-safety at school, but it is really important you talk to your child about being safe online as well.

Ask your child to tell you about the sites they like to visit, and what they enjoy doing online
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you? What is it OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report and block on the sites they use.
Maintain an open dialogue with your child about their internet use.
Be aware of age restrictions on websites. Many social network sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and Snapchat have a minimum age of 13- children under this age should not have profiles.