Term 5 & 6 Newsletter – Class 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the summer term, one of the busiest and most exciting of the entire school year! There is lots to look forward to this term including school trips, the end of year play and sports day. We are learning about a new topic in Classes 4 and 5, which I’m sure the children will find really interesting. With so much to look forward to, I’m sure we will have a great end to the school year together.

During the first 4 weeks of the term, the Year 5s and 6s will be being taught separately in the mornings. The Year 6s will be with myself and Mrs Harper in preparation for the SATs tests at the beginning of May (Tuesday 9th), while the Year 5s will be being taught by Mrs Riley and Mrs Fletcher, our PGCE student from the University of Sussex. In the afternoons, the class will be back together as normal.

Our main focus of learning this term is the Battle of Britain and its importance to World War 2 on the whole. We will be learning about when, why and how the war started before focussing on the details of the Battle of Britain, looking at the ways in which the battle was fought, the effects it had on people in Britain, and how it was eventually won by the RAF.

Mr Boorman


Year 6 children will be looking at Year 6 topics such as algebra, ratio and angles of shapes in the lead up to SATs, as well as revising previously taught content. Year 5 children will be learning about angles, shape and space, measurement and statistics during the summer term.


In RE, we will discussing two questions – ‘Why do some people make pilgrimages?’ and ‘When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?’


Children will be continuing to work on their painting skills, focussing on showing motion in their work.


In DT we will be learning about air raid sirens before using our skills in electricity to make our own version.


Our focus before half term is on ensuring that we are able to make conscious decisions about the reliability of information online. After half term, we will be using computers to create animations.


After SATs week, we will be studying the classic book, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, during which time we will be finding out about people who were evacuated during the war. In whole class reading we will be reading Silver Sword by Ian Seuralier.


There is a daily spelling session in class. Children will also be given a list of words each term from their year group’s statutory spelling list. These lists will be need to be learned over the whole term, and we will be doing dictation sentences using the words each Friday. Year 6s will continue to work on spelling patterns once the SATs tests have been completed.


In term five, children will be continuing to develop their understanding of electricity and circuits. This will also feed in to their DT lessons. In term 6, children will be learning to describe the changes as humans develop to old age.


Our two PSHE topics this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ (including SRE – Sex and Relationships Education).


In PE, children will be working on their athletics skills with myself and sports provider Sportscool. In term 6, Year 6 children will be taking part in swimming sessions at Cross in Hand School while Year 5 children will be joining Class 4 to play striking and fielding games.

French, music and singing will continue to take place through the term.


Homework will be set each week on a Wednesday. A homework menu will be given out which will feature mainly reading and writing tasks. Maths tasks will also be set, either on paper or on Mathletics.

Don’t forget, you can do some extra work at home on Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars, and make sure you keep reading – Reading records have been given out, and we are keen for children to earn some certificates! Please ensure that children do still get the chance to read at home with an adult – it is important that they get the chance to discuss their reading as much as possible outside of school as well as in class.

Monday: Homework handed in.

Tuesday: PE with Sportscool

Wednesday: Homework handed out.

Friday: Spelling dictation sentences. PE with Mr Boorman/Mrs Hall

Key Dates

Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday (King Charles’ Coronation).

Tuesday 9th May – Year 6 Spelling and Grammar SATs tests.

Wednesday 10th May – Year 6 Reading test.

Thursday 11th May – Year 6 Maths Arithmetic and Reasoning tests.

Friday 12th May – Year 6 Maths Reasoning test.

Thursday 18th May – Year 4/5 trip to Newhaven Fort.

Wednesday 24th May – Year 6 French trip.

Friday 26th May – Last day of term 5.

Wednesday 14th June – Year 6 Safety in Action day.

Wednesday 28th June – Sports Day.

Thursday 29th June – Year 6 leavers service at Crowborough.

Wednesday 5th July – Reserve Sports Day.

Wednesday 12th July – Whole School performance (afternoon and evening).

Thursday 13th July – Whole school performance (evening).

Monday 17th July – Year 6 leavers treat evening.

Thursday 20th July – Last day of term 6. Cup Assembly.