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Sapphires' Class






Autumn  2018/19                      SAPPHIRE CLASS Year 5/6


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have had a very enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday! We are looking forward to the exciting opportunities planned for this term.



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 ‘A Beautiful Lie’ by Irfan Master, ‘The Templeton Twins’ by Ellis Weiner and ‘The Three Pigs Project’.

Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

  • Story writing
  • Poetry
  • Letters
  • Journalistic writing
  • Persuasive writing
  • Diary entries

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



Number and Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division


Perimeter, Area and Volume

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 ‘light’ and ‘materials’.



World War 2!!

  • During this unit of work, the children will be learning about: the reasons why WW2 happened, placing key historical events in order, experiences of children who were/were not evacuated, protection during the Blitz, rationing, clothing and the roles of women.


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:

  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Dance
  • Rugby



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 Paul Nash.

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


Our DT day this half term will be linked to the History topic of WW2. We will be using wood and other materials to design and build a ‘shoebox air raid shelter’.


PSHE: Our PSHE topics are:

Me and My Relationships

Keeping Myself Safe



The RE unit this term is: Why are there now 50 mosques in Yorkshire?

We will be researching the Islamic religion, focusing on their beliefs and teachings.

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