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Autumn Term Review

Autumn Term – Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6)


What a busy term Year 5 and 6 have had learning about Tudor Times. It all started in September when they re-enacted the Battle of Bosworth on the school field. They spent part of the morning making white and red roses, which would later be united when Henry VII won the battle, killing Richard III and then marrying Elizabeth of York to bring peace to the country.


We were very impressed with their acting skills throughout the morning! A celebration was then held where the children were able to taste the Tudor biscuits that they had made in the morning, called jumbles, as well as other food that would have been served at a Tudor banquet. They certainly had a feast!


Following their Tudor WOW day, the children learnt about the Tudor monarchs and how the Tudor’s lived. They were then able to experience what they had learned, during their fantastic trip to Sulgrave Manor. Here, they were able to see, first-hand, what a Tudor manor looked like and how ‘real’ Tudor’s lived. It was a fascinating day that was thoroughly enjoyed.


This term, the children have also participated in two inter-house sports afternoons, where they worked well in teams playing basketball and football tournaments. This has linked nicely with Year 6 science, where the children have been learning about the human circulatory system and how to stay healthy. In Science, Year 5 have been looking at our changing world and life-cycles, where they had to use their scientific knowledge to create a life-cycle of their own made-up creature. These were very creative. The children have been very creative in Art and DT, learning how to draw a portrait in the style of a Tudor in the first half-term. Following this, the children learnt how to plan and create a Tudor purse in the second half-term. I am sure that the finished product will be something to treasure.


Reading has been a big part of the curriculum, the children are really enjoying Book Talk where they get to read a group text, daily, and discuss its content. We have also seen a real surge in their reading for enjoyment. At the start of the year the classes all chose their own text and they have all been gripped by the stories. We can’t wait for the next one!


As well as this, the Year 6 ‘Mind Mentors’ have been on duty each break and lunch working really hard to provide support to those who have needed it. They should be really proud of themselves.


Year 5 and 6 have all worked incredibly hard this term, we hope that they enjoy a well-deserved break and come back refreshed and ready to learn all about the interesting new topics that we have planned for the Spring Term.


Merry Christmas from the Year 5 and 6 team.


Mrs E Bradley

Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6