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Sapphires' Class






Autumn B 2017/18                             SAPPHIRE CLASS Year 5/6


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have had a very enjoyable holiday and the children are excited for the run up to Christmas! We are looking forward to the exciting opportunities planned for this half 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. You will have been contacted if your child is continuing with swimming (Tuesdays) this term.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday- please support your child with this where possible.
  • Weekly spellings will be given out on a Monday and must be learnt ready for a spelling test on the Friday. These spellings will be a mixture of curriculum spellings, spelling patterns and topic related spellings.
  • Daily reading– your child will be given the chance to choose their own reading book in school and it will be their responsibility to change the book when they have finished it. Please support your child in regular reading.
  • SMIRF targets- Your child will have two instant recall target facts (SMIRFs) for maths and these are found at the back of their reading record. 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 half term?


We will be reading the books ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce and ‘Grimm Tales’ by Philip Pullman.

Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

  • Story writing 
  • Diary entries
  • Non-Chronological Reports
  • Fairytales

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




Geometry- Position and Direction

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



Our topic for the half term is ‘animals including humans’

  • Parts of the circulatory system.
  • Functions of the circulatory system.
  • Transporting water and nutrients.
  • Healthy lifestyle.
  • Exercise investigation.
  • Impact of drugs and alcohol.



Ancient Egyptians!!

During this unit of work the children will be learning about: Who the Ancient Egyptians were; what life was like in Ancient Egypt; mummies; who Tutankhamun was; how to write like an Egyptian and Egyptian Gods.



The children will be learning how to design, write and debug simple programs through coding. The lessons will include: designing animated poems; producing quizzes and investigating programming software.



Our units for this half term are ‘Yoga’ and ‘Netball’.



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



Our DT day this half term will be linked to the History topic of Ancient Egyptians. We are going to be focusing on levers and mechanics, using our knowledge to produce ‘Shadufs’.



Me and My Relationships

In PSHE we will be discussing:

  • How our values shape our behaviour.
  • What is meant be the word ‘relationship’.
  • Positives and negatives of relationships.
  • Different types of relationships.
  • Understanding the importance of good communication.



The RE unit this term is: Christian Aid and Islamic Relief- can they change the world?

We will be researching the use of religious charities and looking at how they make an impact to society.




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