Year 5 & 6 Class News

Interpreting characters

Posted on Wednesday 28 September 2022 by Mrs Hogarth

We have been reading some extracts from ‘Fireborn’, a children’s novel written by Aisling Fowler. This book is set in a snowy forest in a prehistoric world and we meet the character, Twelve. The children read the extracts and highlighted key points that they thought identified what the characters were like. What are their personalities like? How do we know? The children then focused on a character called Weaponmaster Victory – a fierce, strict character that we decided we wouldn’t really like to meet!

They commented in their books, their thoughts.

” I think she is scary because she is strict with her class and they are afraid that she will punish them.’

“I think she is scary and I wouldn’t like her teaching me!”

We are getting the exciting opportunity to meet Aisling Fowler later this term as part of an author interview on Zoom. We are really looking forward to this.

Where has that week gone?

Posted on Friday 23 September 2022 by Mr Roundtree

It’s hard to imagine we are at the end of our third week of term, time is flying by so fast at the moment!  Another superb week of learning in Class 5/6A.  Year 5 started the week by reading the Hilaire Belloc poem “Matilda” and using our inference reading skills to determine how certain characters acted when experiencing particular emotions.   In Maths, Y5 have been using Gattegno charts to answer place value questions, and partitioning numbers up to 1,000,000!

I am immensely proud of all of Class 5/6A for their efforts in Writing this week.  All week we have been building up towards writing a passage to depict how  we would open the package if we were in Lil’s shoes in our class novel; “Secrets of a Sun King”.  Using a variety of sentence starters, similes, metaphors and adverbials, they have produced some superb pieces which will be adorning the walls of the classroom next week.  Our Y5 class ended the week practising our debating skills; using structured sentence openers to put their point across whilst respecting the opinions of others.  We had some entertaining debates over how fun poetry can be, and if tomato ketchup was the best accompaniment for chips.


If your child comes home tonight shouting “Salve!” (Pronounced ‘sal-way’), then they are greeting you in Latin.  We have had a lot of fun today greeting each other and beginning our journey for this year into Latin.

Finally to this week’s winners ………

For great learning…

Sadie – consistently working hard in all lessons, showing a significant improvement in her arithmetic test score, and producing an excellent piece of writing to depict a character’s dilemma on opening a parcel which didn’t belong to her.

For sport and physical activity…

Elisa– Raring to go after injury, she has given 110% in P.E this week.  Displaying great teamworking skills in our warm-up games, and excellent hand-eye coordination in our volleyball passing.

For living and learning…

Travis– Our focus this week has been using good manners and throughout school you are always showing this; warm greetings for friends and teachers, using please and thank you, and asking questions in a respectful manner.  Great job!

Have a great weekend!


Remarkable readers!

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2022 by Mrs Hogarth

5/6 B have been working tremendously hard at home on their learning. We set the expectation that reading should be taking place at home on a daily basis. Some children have made sure that reading is a priority for them and have read regularly – well done. Their aim has been to make it onto the class podium – gold, silver or bronze position. If you check your child’s reading journal, you might spot a coloured star. This will tell you if they’ve made it onto the podium that week. One amazing child, Noah, read so much that I’ve put his name on the class ceiling as he aimed so high with his reading – he read  seven times last week.

Thank you to those parents who are supporting reading at home – it will really benefit your child. Please continue to get your child to complete the weekly task – this will be recorded in their journal every Friday along with a target page. Thanks again to the parents who are signing the journals too.

Class novel

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2022 by Mrs Hogarth


In the 5/6 phase, we have begun our new class novel – Secrets of the Sun King by Emma Carroll. This is a historical text that links well with our topic learning about Ancient Egypt. Emma Carroll is an author who the children will meet again later in the year when they learn about World War II and they read Letters from the Lighthouse.

This current book is set in 1922 when the world was waiting for news about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. Lil (the main character) finds a mysterious package on her grandad’s doorstep, just as he becomes very ill.

The parcel was sent by a famous Egytologist who has just been found dead. Ask your child about this part of the book! Lil decides, with the help of her new friends, that the only way to help her grandad is to return the package to its rightful resting place in Egypt. The children are already enjoying the twists and turns of this exciting adventure.

Maths: Year 6 arithmetic checks

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2022 by Mr Lindsay

Children in year 6 have gone home today with their first arithmetic check. These checks will happen most weeks throughout the year. Each week, in class, we focus on two or three specfic questions. This should result in their checks being two or three marks higher each week. This is a marathon rather than a sprint. Don’t expect 40/40 in the first few weeks.

This week we’re focusing on three areas for development:

  • lining up the digits
  • multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000
  • dividing by 10, 100 and 1000

Support your child at home by practising similar questions to the ones in the arithmetic booklet.

Line up the digits e.g. 3.521 + 2.1 = 5.621 rather than 3.541. Top tip: the decimal place stays in the same place (because he’s rather lazy).

Multiply by 10, 100, 1000 – Ask your  chidren to show you how to “move all the digits to the left to the left.” What does it mean by “Show the jumps?”

As with all learning, little and often is the key to success.

Reading: Book Club

Posted on Saturday 17 September 2022 by Mr Lindsay

Year 6 children in Mr Lindsay’s reading group have been showing off their drawing skills in this week’s reading activity. Children recreated scences from their reading book  with fantastic results.

Thank you for supporting your child at home. All children had signed reading records and talked with enthusiasm about their chosen books. Reading for 15 minutes each night with your child has a dramatic impact on on their learning across the curriculum.

This week’s reading activity is a comic strip. In addition to this, children should find out a bit about the author of their book:

  • How many books have they written?
  • What inspires them to write?
  • Do they have any common themes in their books?

The week that was

Posted on Friday 16 September 2022 by Mr Roundtree

It’s been a very busy week in Class 5/6A.  Let’s look back on what the pupils have been getting up to …

This week has really seen our pupils demonstrate their 8Rs of Learning across all subjects.  Monday saw our pupils ready to tackle our new Maths topic of Place Value for numbers up to 1 million.  They demonstrated their resourcefulness and resilience through use of Place Value charts and counters to complete their work this week.  In Writing, we were risk takers in scripting a short dialogue to perform in front of our classmates to show the moral dilemma Lil would face in opening her grandfather’s package, from our class novel Secrets of a Sun King.  The pupils were fantastic and showcased some very thought-provoking dilemmas.

Our Topic work focused on the innovations seen within the Stone Age, and the pupils then took responsibility for their own learning in creating posters and presentations to show facts which they had found themselves about the Bronze Age.  Our Living and Learning session allowed us to remember our school and class rules, reflect on the good choices we make and create our own Classroom Charter for learning.

Finally, our certificate winners for this week are…

For great learning…

Sam Webb– consistently working hard in all lessons and demonstrating a real positive attitude.  I was particularly impressed by your recognition of different sentence starters.

For sport and physical activity…

Freya– A real team player. You took part enthusiastically in our P.E lessons this week; showing real determination and respect to your teammates.

For living and learning…

Arthur– You contributed fantastically to our discussion on the 8Rs of Learning and helped create some great rules for our Classroom Charter.

Have a great weekend!

PE: volleyball

Posted on Thursday 15 September 2022 by Mrs Hogarth

5,6B have been warming up their volleyball skills. They worked in pairs to learn and develop some basic serves and passes. They enjoyed being able to ‘bump’ the ball to their partner and then progressed further to an overhand serve. They had to think about the position of their feet, hands and the ball in order to project the ball accurately. The end of the sessions saw us trying our hand at some actual games of volleyball. The children set up a small court and created a point system to see who won. We will keep working on these skills over the next few weeks.

Peace Flame in Scholes

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2022 by Mrs Hogarth

Scholes will be celebrating The United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday 17th September in the Peace Flame Garden at 11am. The children in year 5/6 were asked to create a banner to celebrate this special occasion. The theme needed to incorporate the end of racism. The children used an outline of their hands and added positive messages and images about the importance of ending racism. The banner will be displayed in the garden this week – go along and see if you can spot your child’s hand. The banner looks amazing and will look great in Scholes, showing the school’s commitment to our local community.

The week that was

Posted on Friday 09 September 2022 by Mr Roundtree

What an amazing first week class 5/6A have had!   I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the pupils in class this week; in turn we have shared some amazing stories from our summer holidays.

We’ve begun reading our new class text, “Secrets of the Sun King“; gone back in time to explore how the Stone Age civilisation made tools and provided for themselves; investigated how we can classify living organisms using Carl Linnaeus’ system; and scored goals in handball!                        Pupils have been issued with new reading records this week and brought home a new book. Help your child to get the term off to a flying start by encouraging reading for at least 15 minutes per day and recording this in their diary.  Our times table focus for homework is our 2s, 5s and 10s. Remember your PE kit for Monday and Wednesday afternoons!

Finally, our certificate winners for this week are…

For great learning…

Luella – really demonstrating our school rule of respect to others when working in class, and producing some excellent handwriting and grammar work. Well done.

For sport and physical activity…

Millie – for showing skill and enthusiasm during our handball sessions. You showed superb defensive skills and teamwork. Well done.

For living and learning…

Alex – You had a really mature attitude when discussing the importance of rules, and respecting the opinions of others. Well done!