Class 4  - Year 5 & 6

Years 5 & 6 would like to share what they are learning, and some of their work with you.  We hope you enjoy our page.


Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods. Minibeasts come in all shapes and sizes!


This half term, we’ll handle a range of minibeasts and small creatures. Taking photographs, making notes and listening carefully to expert explanations will help us to understand how minibeasts move, what they eat and where they live. Using what we’ve learned, we’ll write an interesting minibeast report.


In science, we’ll learn how to categorise minibeasts and investigate their habitats. We’ll make detailed drawings of our minibeasts, present data about them and make maps to show the route of our minibeast hunt. Using wood, stones, garden canes and other natural materials, we’ll create ‘minibeast hotels’ and write adverts to attract minibeasts to stay in them.


Using our minibeast knowledge we will create mythical minibeasts which could see the light of day in the enxt Fantastic Beast film, selling our creations in a Dragon’s Den type sales pitch. 


Supporting our topic work will be our Literacy work based on the Harry Potter series of books, and the non-fiction Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.


PE and Swimming

PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons with Mr Rogers; in addition, this half term the children will have cricket sessions on Monday afternoons.  It is essential that PE kit be in school during term time.  Children should have a red T-shirt, black/blue shorts, joggers for winter and trainers.  Class 4 will swim every Tuesday afternoon during the Autumn and Spring Terms starting on Tuesday 24th September.  A separate letter with dates and a consent form will be sent out nearer the time.  Please ensure that this is signed and sent back by the required date.


Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

On the 17th October, we will be going to the Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden to see how the Harry Potter films were created; to look at the props and costumes, as well as the original sets from the films.  The children will have the opportunity to fly broomsticks and ride the Hogwarts Express.  Further details of the visit will follow at a later date. 



Each week your child will be asked to complete at least one piece of homework.  This is a reading task linked to a book that they are reading.  It does not have to be their school reading book.  Homework books should be handed in on Mondays for marking.  There are 10 reading tasks to be completed by Christmas.  Please encourage your child to complete the tasks. 

Spellings should also be practised weekly from the attached list.  A good rule of thumb is to practise each word, once a day every day – little and often is far more effective than cramming the night before the test.  These words are generated from a list provided by the government that all children in Years 5 and 6 are expected to not only know how to spell, but to use confidently in their writing.  Practising on the day for the test does not allow for the absorption of the word to memory.  Writing each word in a sentence is essential, as many of the words have the same sound, but different meanings and these always appear on tests that we give to the children throughout the year, e.g. serial and cereal.

This year we have signed up to Spelling Shed. Each week there will be games to play for your children to help them to learn the spellings for the week.  The login details for this are stuck into their Homework Books.  Each set of words must be practised/played a minimum of 3 times.


Times Table Rockstars

Times Tables Rockstars will continue this year.  In Year 5 and Year 6 the tables are one of the most important aspects of maths for your children to know by heart.  Much of the maths relies on a secure knowledge of the tables and their related division facts.  Please ensure that your child practises their tables so this essential skill is secure.


Water Bottles

A reminder please that children should have a named water bottle in school which should contain only water.  Juice and squash are not permitted.  Some bottles have a section for fresh fruit to be added to flavour the water.  These are fine.


100 Books Challenge

This year I am once again running the ‘100 Books to read in Year 5 and Year 6 Challenge’.  This list gives a wide range of books from classic texts to modern titles.  There are also a range of ability texts for confident book worms, to those who are just discovering the joy of a cracking story.  I will send home the complete list for you to look at and encourage your child to choose from.  They will, of course, be able to choose books from the library which are not on the list.  Please read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record book.


Team Points

This year we want to make more of the teams the children compete in at Sports Day.  Therefore many of the learning activities will earn personal points which will then add to the team tally.  At the end of each term the Team with the maximum number of points will receive a reward which may involve a non-uniform day, film and popcorn afternoon.  The team will decide what they would like their treat to be. 

In Class 4 your child can earn points if they read regularly with you and you sign their reading records to show you have listened to them. Returning Homework will also earn Team Points.  You can help your child and their team to earn an end of term reward, please support them in this.


Playtime Snacks

Just a gentle reminder that playtime snack Monday – Thursday should be fresh or dried fruit or vegetables only.  On Treat Friday the children can bring a snack of their choice.  Please ensure that these are for personal consumption only.  Family sized bags of sweets, bars of chocolate and bags of crisps are not appropriate for Treat Friday.


Do you know how your heart works and why having a healthy heart is so important?

Well this half term is all about one of the most important parts of the human body, with an artistic twist.  Through Science and Art we will explore the heart and its function.

Out topic has started with the dissection of a lamb's heart, where we explored the chambers and found real heart strings!

A wonderful beginning to the topic.

Scream Machine

This Term Class 4 will explore and investigate the ultimate scream machines via the world of theme parks.  We’ll investigate the forces that keep a roller coaster car on the tracks, then best materials for building log flume carriages and ultimately design and construct a model of a new drop ride – find out if our egg passengers will survive.

To date we have investigated centripetal force by rotating a bucket full of water and seeing if we can stay dry.  Some of use were more successful than others!

We then applied this knowledge to designing a loop-the-loop marble run.  

Class 4 became Pharaohs on the last day of term by making nemes.

We also uncovered the tomatoes from the natron to find out how they had been affected over a three week period.

Whilst exploring some ancient tombs we cam across some fragile canopic jars.  Fortunately all the internal organs had disappeared.


Spiky Tim is a friend of Mrs Rogers and a performance poet based in the Bristol area.
He gave Mrs Rogers some unfinished poems which she gave to the class to complete.  This was Georgia's. 

Trip to Derby Museum

Class 4 went to Derby Museum on an Art Trip. From Impressionism to Cubism and making their own paint.

In Class 4 we have been learning and carrying out Mummification.  For more information click on the Blog!

Visual Poetry - Outside Learning with Year 6

Using primary source photos from the British Museum, we have designed our own Greek vases which we will be making using papier mache.

Some of our completed Greek vases.