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Sapphires' Class






Summer A 2017/18                   SAPPHIRE CLASS Year 5/6


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have all had a very enjoyable Easter holiday J


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


What will we be learning in Sapphires this half term?


We will be reading the books ‘The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and ‘NightMail’ by WH Auden.

Within these sessions we will be focusing on:

  • Character and setting descriptions.
  • Non-Chronological Reports.
  • Fantasy narrative.
  • Poetry.

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






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



We are going to be carrying on with our Evolution topic.

We will be learning about:

  • Inheritance
  • Adaptation
  • Theory of evolution
  • Evidence for evolution
  • Evidence for evolution: Humans
  • Adaptation, evolution and human intervention



A local area study of Kellington and nearby villages.


The children will be learning how to use databases.


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


We are going to be researching and looking at the work of Pablo Picasso.

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


Our DT day this term will be linked to food. We will be designing, making and hosting a Global Food Café. 


Our PSHE topics are:

Becoming an active citizen

My healthy lifestyle


The RE unit this term is: Significant Celebrations. We will be comparing Christianity with Sikhism.

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