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Year 5

Introducing the Upper Key Stage Two Team


6EB –  Mrs Bradley Class Teacher, Mr Kaye Trainee Teacher, Mrs Hart LSA,

            Mr Huff and Miss Parrish 1:1 Support

6CD –  Mrs Delvalle Class Teacher, Mrs Hutt Senior LSA

5SP –  Miss Pawelczyk Class Teacher, Miss Ayers LSA and Miss Ward 1:1 Support

5HW – Mrs Walton Class Teacher and Miss Whittaker LSA.


Summer Term in Year 5 and 6

It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I was writing about the Autumn term. This year seems to have flown by! Below is some information about the term ahead that I hope you will find useful.



As chosen by the children, this term our theme is ‘What a Wonderful World.’ When we asked our classes what they would like to learn about, they were really enthused about the wonders of the world. Therefore, during this geography based topic the children will be learning about the ‘Wonders of the World’, in particular, the natural wonders. These will be child led projects where the children will be creating a presentation of their own choosing in order to teach their peers all about their chosen natural ‘wonder’. We are very excited to see how they decide to do this and are hoping to invite you in to see what they produce.


Theme Links

National Geographic has information about the natural wonders of the world for you to explore.



In our writing, we will be applying our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills as well as using our imaginations to create powerful and descriptive stories. As well as this, the children will have opportunities to write non-fiction texts using our curriculum as a stimulus for their writing as well as the stories and texts that we are reading. Children will continue to be read to for at least ten minutes in class each day using our class text. We hope that they all read at home each day for at least ten minute too as per our home-school pledge as reading is such an important skill.


Reading Links

Read allows you to practise your reading comprehension skills.



Children will continue to learn the spelling rules and practise using them in their writing.


Spelling Links

Spelling Frame has lists of the National Curriculum spelling rules for you to practise at home.




The children will continue learn fluency in maths, as well as developing their reasoning skills through problem solving and investigations. Please continue to practise multiplication skills at home.



Maths is fun

Year 5 Maths objectives can be found here with links to appropriate strategies.

Year 6 Maths objectives can be found here with links to appropriate strategies.

Prodigy Maths – Each child has their own login – please ask your child’s class teacher if they have forgotten it.

Maths Revision – BBC Bitesize



Year 6 will be working hard over the next four week to prepare for their SATs, which start the week commencing 14th May. In Maths, they will be revising all of the Year 6 objectives and will need to continue to practise their multiplication knowledge at home. In spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons, the children will be revising all of the Year 6 objectives. Continuing to practise their spellings at home will be really valuable. The children will also be immersed in reading and completing comprehension based on the texts that they have read. Please use the links above to practise key skills ready for the SATs.

After SATs children will continue to fulfil their leaning of the curriculum but will also be practising for their end of year production, which will take place - even if the school hall is not completed in time. Further details of dates, times and venues will be given as soon as possible later on in the term.



Reading is so important for children (It gives them better life chances, sparks their imagination and takes them on amazing journeys – without even leaving the sofa!), therefore, the children are expected to read for at least ten minutes every day. They will also be given a spelling rule to learn and practise each week. They need to continue to learn and practise their multiplications up to 12 x 12 so that they are fluent. By learning these they are improving their mental maths skills, which will have a positive impact on other areas of maths. The children will also be given a homework grid with a choice of challenges to choose from, mainly relating to their theme. The children can choose how many pieces that the complete and will obviously be rewarded for their efforts!


Please make sure your child has their home school diary in school every day.


PE and Forest School

Year 6 will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 5 will have PE on Monday and Thursday


Year 5 will have Forest School on Monday afternoon until May Half Term

Year 6 will have Forest School after Half Term - day to be confirmed


PE Kit

The children need to have their PE kit in school every day during term time and it will be sent home with the children at the end of each half term. The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and black shorts. Children need to make sure that they have suitable clothing for the weather. If it is hot they will need a hat and sun protection lotion. They need to have a pair of trainers in school and they can bring in black or navy tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy jumper. Please remember to give your child an extra pair of socks if they are wearing tights that day.


Forest School Kit

It is important that when the children have Forest School they have the appropriate clothing to wear to protect them. The children will need to wear a long sleeve top and tracksuit bottoms for Forest School. If the weather is hot they will need a hat and sun protection lotion. If it rains then suitable waterproof clothing should be worn.


Thank you for taking the time to read this information – I hope that you have found it useful.


If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher we will be happy to make an appointment for you. Please contact the school office to do this.


All of the staff in Upper Key Stage Two have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your children over the last two terms. We are looking forward to having an interesting, productive and fun summer term.


Thank you for your continued support.


Mrs Bradley

Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader