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Year 5/6 Tigers Class

Welcome to the Year 5/6 Tigers!



This year we will be working very hard on a range of different topics, as well as learning to work as part of a team, learning about the importance of resilience and becoming more independent learners in preparation for Year 6 and secondary school!








Our English lessons are based on a book called ‘When the Sky Falls’ set in London in the 1940s when the Second World War starts to escalate and bombs start to fall. Joseph is charged with protecting Adonis the gorilla in this nerve-shreddingly tense thriller based on a true story. Through reading and engaging with the text, the children will develop their comprehension skills as well as using the story as a stimulus for their own writing across a range of  genres including diary entries, reports and letters.



In addition, children will develop their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling skills in discrete lessons.



Number and Place Value in Year 5 Maths

The national curriculum says that in Year 5, children will learn to:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000  
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero  
  • round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000  
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above  
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.


Helping at Home With Year 5 Place Value

Once your child (and to an extent you) are feeling confident with most of the above place value topics, you can add prime numbers into the mix. This may be tough maths for 9-year-olds, but nobody improves without being challenged!

For anyone who may have forgotten exactly what a prime number is, it can be classed as:

“A whole number that can not be made by multiplying other whole numbers together.”


“Any number that is divisible only by itself and 1.”

Prime numbers include 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 etc.

Why not try challenging them to come up with as many numbers as possible that have only two factors (for example, the number five can only be made by multiplying one and five)? Or, alternatively you can have a race against your child to see which of you can name the most prime numbers in a minute. This is a good excuse to make sure your maths skills are still up to scratch as well!


Read more: Highest Common Factors and Lowest Common Multiples

If you find that your child is really struggling with the level of place value knowledge required in Year 5 it might be worth breaking things up a bit with some place value games. These are fun to do at home and will help you to build on their knowledge in a non-threatening way.


In Year 6 number and place value simply extends the learning earlier down in the school. Numbers get bigger – from two-digit numbers all the way up to 10 million and smaller – to thousandths of a decimal place; children are expected to be confident both in saying them out loud and in writing them down.


Science -  Properties of Materials


In this unit, the children will learn how to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and their response to magnets. They will observe that some materials will dissolve in a liquid to form a solution and use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they learn how to give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.


PE - Tennis


In this unit children will develop their understanding of the principles of net and wall games. In all games activities, children have to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. They are given opportunities to work co-operatively with others as well as independently, they are able to lead and officiate showing honesty and fair play whilst abiding by the rules. The children will develop their tactical awareness, learning how to outwit an opponent when playing individually and with a partner.


PSHE - Being Me in My World


The children will discuss their year ahead, they set goals and discuss their fears and worries about the future. The class will learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and that these are not met for all children worldwide. They talk about their choices and actions and how these can have far-reaching effects, locally and globally. The children talk about their own behaviour and how their choices can result in rewards and consequences and how these feel.


ICT - Coding


ICT this term is a series of lessons involving coding. Children will follow the PRIMM approach they’ve learnt in previous years in which they: Predict... what a code will do. Run... the code to check their predictions. Investigate... to trace though the code to see if they were correct. Modify... the code to add detail, change actions/outcome and finally, get creative, and Make... a new program that uses the same ideas in a different way.


Music - Happy - Pharrell Williams


All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Happy, a Pop song by Pharrell Williams. The children will play games to explore the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch) as well as singing and playing instruments.



RE - Sikhism


Our RE this term will explore how far a Sikh would go for his or her religion. We will begin by thinking about commitments and how these are put into practice in our everyday lives. We will be looking at the key Sikh beliefs and then exploring them in the context of their  beliefs in fighting in wars, putting themselves before others and how these are reflected through their ideals about The Langar and The Golden Temple.


Reading at home


We would expect your child to read at least three times a week

Have a look at these questions to help guide your discussions:


How can parents help? 


  • Reading at home.  Please remember to log all home reading on Go Read so that they can be awarded stamps towards our school reading rewards prizes. Please note, it is fine to sign Go Read whenever your child reads something, not just their school books.  Enjoying reading is just as important as building up a range of skills!
  • Looking at everyday measurements and prices when out shopping or cooking at home.
  • Making predictions about and discussing any TV programs that you may watch together. This really helps build an understanding of the world, as well as helping with comprehension and creative writing skills. 
  • Time.  Telling the time using both (including with Roman numerals) analogue and digital clocks.
  • Times Tables. 


Thank you for your support. 

Mr Brundle and Mrs McCarthy