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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.


This Term, in Year 5 and 6, our theme is ‘Tudor Times.’ During this history based topic the children will be learning about the reign of the Tudor monarchs, what life was like for both the rich and the poor and the significant events of time and how they have impacted on our lives today. The children will also learn about this theme through Art, where they will be studying a Tudor artist and learning portrait skills.


To begin with, in our writing, we will be practising our sentence stacking skills where we will be applying punctuation and grammar skills as well as using our imaginations to create powerful and descriptive stories. Please keep an eye on the class boards to read our stories as they develop each week. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before moving onto the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Children will be learning and practising the methods for these operations, as well as developing their reasoning skills through problem solving and investigations.



The children are expected to read for at least ten minutes every day and they will be given a spelling rule to learn each week. The children are also expected to learn and practise their multiplications up to 12 x 12. 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 Tudor Times theme. A minimum of 3 pieces is expected each half term.


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 6 will also have Forest School on a Wednesday during the Autumn Term


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. As the weather becomes colder the children need to bring in warmer clothes for PE outside. 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.


It is important that when the children have Forest School they have the appropriate clothing to wear to protect them. Therefore on a Wednesday children will need to wear a long sleeve top and tracksuit bottoms for both PE and Forest School.


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


Incidentally, to help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website.


All of the staff in Upper Key Stage Two are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.


Mrs Bradley

Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader