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Sapphires' Class






Spring B 2017/18                      SAPPHIRE CLASS Year 5/6


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have all had a very relaxing week off!


Things to remember:


  • School times – 8.45am – 3.15pm.
  • Uniform – please make sure ALL items of clothing are named, including coats and hats.
  • PE– Tuesday 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 (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 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. 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



Head teacher: Mrs Diane Parker

Roall Lane, Kellington, Nr Goole. E Yorkshire DN14 0NY  Tel/Fax: 01977 661127




What will we be learning in Sapphires this half term?


We will be reading the books ‘Lost happy endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘Lost thing’ by Shaun Tan.

Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

  • Poetry
  • Newspaper articles
  • Stories
  • Non-Chronological reports
  • Persuasive arguments

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



Geometry- Position and Direction

Decimals and Percentages

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 ‘Earth and Space’

  • Spherical bodies
  • The Planets
  • Geocentric versus Heliocentric
  • Night and Day
  • Night and Day internationally
  • Movement of the moon.



War of the Roses

During this unit of work the children will be learning about: The two families involved, Richard the Third, Battle of Bosworth Field and the Tudor Rose.



The children will be learning how produce spreadsheets, use databases and search engines.



Our units for this half term are ‘Tennis’ and ‘Dance’.



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 our art topic. We will be looking at sculptures and making necklaces.



Keeping Myself Safe



The RE unit this term is: How and why do Hindus, Muslims and Christians see life as a journey?





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