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Sapphires' Class






Spring  2018/19                        SAPPHIRE CLASS Year 5/6


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have had a fantastic Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year,


Things to remember:


  • School times – 8.45am – 3.15pm.
  • Uniform – please make sure ALL items of clothing are named, including coats and hats.
  • PE– Monday and Wednesday. Outdoor trainers will be needed on these days. It is extremely important that your child is equipped for these sessions. It is advisable that your child brings their PE kit in on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday- please support your child with this where possible (Year 6’s will start getting more homework in the run up to SATs).
  • Weekly spellings will be given out on a Monday and must be learnt ready for a spelling test on the Friday.
  • Daily reading– your child will be given the chance to choose their own reading book in school. It will be their responsibility to change the book when they have finished it and get a parent signature. Please support your child in regular reading.
  • SMIRF targets- Your child will have two instant recall target facts (SMIRFs) for maths. Please support your child to practise these at home ready to be tested fortnightly in school. If you have any questions regarding the SMIRF targets, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


Thank you for your support.

Jess Kinsley

Year 5/6 Teacher



What will we be learning in Sapphires this term?


We will be reading the books ‘Percy Jackson and the thief’ and ‘Fantastic beasts and where to find them

Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

Letter writing



Setting descriptions

Story writing

Non-chronological reports


Persuasive writing

We will be learning about and using the grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives from the year 5/6 curriculum.



Perimeter, Area and Volume


Decimals and Percentages

Algebra and Ratio

Position and Direction

Throughout these lessons, children will be practising their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills linked to these units of work.



Our topics for the term are ‘electricity’ and ‘life cycles’.



Early Islamic Civilisation

  • The importance of Baghdad, Islamic art, The first four caliphs and the house of wisdom.


Our geography unit this term is ‘Extreme Earth’, where we will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis.



The children will be learning how to design, write and debug simple programs through coding, how to be safe online and how to present data in spreadsheets.



Our units for this term are:

  • Hockey
  • Dance
  • Rugby
  • Rounders



We are very lucky this term in Sapphires to be involved in learning how to play woodwind and brass instruments. These lessons are going to be delivered by a Music Specialist through North Yorkshire County Council.


Art and DT:

In our art lessons, we are going to be researching and looking at the work of Henri Matisse.

The skills we are going to be focusing on are collage and painting.


Our DT day this half term will be linked to our topic work; we will be focusing on ‘food technology’.


PSHE: Our PSHE topics are:

Becoming an active citizen

Me and my future



The RE unit this term is: Christians, Humanists and me.

We will be researching the Islamic religion, focusing on their beliefs and teachings; comparing religions, beliefs and ‘Atheism’. 

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