Welcome to Years 5 and 6

We hope you find the following information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please email mark2.richards@york.gov.uk

Spring Term

We would like to thank you all for your support in ensuring your child was well-equipped and organised for school during the Autumn Term. It is now the Spring Term and we are looking forward to longer and warmer days and the move into our new school and classrooms. Look out for further details regarding our move and a goodbye event for the ‘Old’ school.

Year 6

To support children before their transition to secondary school, please continue to encourage your child to practise spellings, keep up to date with quality entries in Reading Journals, times tables and mental maths activities. Please also encourage them to produce quality, well-presented homework and have a positive, independent approach to their own learning, asking us for help when needed. The Spring term is quite short and we will be focused very much on practising and revising key skills and concepts. Your continued help in supporting the children is invaluable at this time.

The Curriculum

Our history and geography topic this term is ‘The Anglo-Saxons’, plus we will be learning the history of Rugby League with the York City Knights. Our science will be focused on ‘Animals, including Humans’. In art we will be working on models, runes and Anglo-Saxon designs, and in Computing Year 5 we will use different media applications to create powerpoint presentations, leaflets and artwork linked to the topic. Year 5 will also be continuing the work on Espresso Coding.  Year 6 will be looking at e-safety and multimedia presentations. In RE we will be studying the significance of ‘religious heroes’ and Year 6 will also be working with Yo-Yo to learn more about the Christian Bible. PE includes gymnastics, dance, and invasion and striking games such as tennis and volleyball. Music will involve looking at how a ‘Pop’ song is put together (Happy by Pharrell Williams).  Year 5 will be learning about the history of music.  They will be taught to appreciate and understand music drawn from different traditions and musicians.  In DT we will be designing and creating Anglo-Saxon houses.

Curriculum Overview Spring 2017

English and maths are core subjects which are tested at Year 2 and Year 6. Use the following links to find out more.

‘How can I help my child?’

Written Maths Methods Year 5

Written Maths Methods Year 6

Progression Booklets

Y5 Maths Y6 Maths
Y5 Reading Y6 Reading
Y5 Writing & SPaG Y6 Writing & SPaG


The Primary National Curriculum

English in the National Curriculum – Spelling

English in the National Curriculum – Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation

Information on KS1 & KS2 SATs 2016


Our aim is to encourage a love of books and reading for enjoyment and finding out information. Therefore, children read most days at school. We would also encourage all children to read each evening and all parents to read with their child as often as possible. Even fluent readers benefit from reading aloud to an adult.

All children have a Reading Journal and we would be grateful if you could date whenever your child reads with you and note how they are getting on with their books. Please remember that it is more important that a child understands and enjoys the book rather than ensuring they get to the end of the story quickly – little and often can often be more successful.

Top Tips for Reading

Recommended Reading Year 5

Recommended Reading Year 6


We thank all parents/carers for their support in ensuring homework is completed and handed in on time. Children make the most progress at school when they feel the school and their families are working together. All homework will be relevant to work in school and the children will always receive feedback.

Monday: All children will receive a list of spellings to practise and learn at home ready for a test on Friday. Please sign their spelling homework and enable them to bring their book into school on Fridays.

Wednesday: Maths homework to be handed in on the following Monday. This may be in books, sheets, a task or Mathletics.

Wednesday: Learning Journals are for more open ended and independent homework.  This will usually be based on science or geography/history. The children, as last term, will choose from the Homework Menu and produce one task per week. We encourage the children to be proactive, independent and creative in their ideas and presentation. This is handed in on the following Monday.

Homework is in addition to reading, which we expect the children to do for a short time every night – please check your child’s reading journal regularly.

Tables and mental maths activities are also very important, so practise at home is really beneficial.


PE will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PE may be indoors or outdoors and we expect children to have their full kit, as detailed in their planner, throughout the week.


Year 6 class assembly is on Friday 20th January 2:45pm

Year 5 class assembly is on Friday 27th January 2:45pm


If you wish to see us about any aspect of your child’s life in school, please pop in at the end of the school day, make an appointment via the planner or email to: mark2.richards@york.gov.uk

We hope that you all enjoyed our Key Stage 2 performance of ‘Cinderella & Rockerfella’ and we would like to thank you all very much for your continued support. In the Spring Term, we will be having teacher/parent interviews later in the term (letters with further details will be sent nearer the time). We wish you all a very happy New Year.

Remember you can also keep up to date with what is happening in school on Facebook and Twitter.

Useful Links



Year 5 Blog

Year 6 Blog

Scratch at Home