St. Sebastian – Years 5 / 6
Spring 2 2024
Welcome to St. Sebastian's class page!
A warm welcome to our class page where you will be able to find out what we will be learning each term, pictures of what we have been doing and key information we would like to share.
Our class name comes from the patron saint of sports and athletes. St. Sebastian came from Milan and was a member of the Roman army. Upset by the persecution of Christians he used his position to speak to people about Christ and his example of faith led many to believe too.
St. Sebastian lived his life as every Christian should; he courageously faced challenges, showed concern for the needs of others and never gave up his faith. In St. Sebastian’s class, we try to follow the example of our class saint.
Class Teacher - Mrs Tassell
Teaching Assistants- Mrs Cooper -Mrs Kane
- Our PE Days are Wednesdays and Thursdays- Come into school in your full PE uniform.
- Please bring a named water bottle into school every day, a coat in cold weather and a hat and sun-cream when it's hot and sunny as sometimes, we will be taking our learning outside.
- Please make sure all your school uniform is named so we can get your belongings back to you if you lose them.
Parents, please feel free to message me on Dojo if you have an queries.
Learning in Year 5 and Year 6
The emphasis in Year 5 and Year 6 is upon children taking an increased personal responsibility for learning, in order to prepare themselves for being ready for secondary school. The children will explore their own creativity in more depth and take ownership of their own learning, identifying where they can make improvements. The children in Year 5 and Year 6 are taught together for their daily English lessons, RE and their curriculum subjects. For mathematics, they split into their own year groups for learning.
What we will be learning...
Lent- The children will learn that Lent is a Season of Change for Christians to become more like Christ. They will explore the consequences of giving in to temptations that are wrong and that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the Church’s celebration of God’s forgiveness of sin.
Holy Week- The children will learn about the events in the last week of Jesus’ life and understand the reasons why some people wanted to kill Jesus. They will learn about the story of the Passover and link between this and the Last Supper.
The children will continue to dive into Shaun Tan's captivating story, "The Lost Thing," using both the film and text versions. They'll explore the story's themes, predict what might happen, and retell the main events to each other.
They'll get creative by crafting diary entries, formal letters, advertisements, and descriptions of characters and settings. Additionally, they'll develop non-chronological reports. Finally, they'll culminate their exploration by creating their unique fantasy narratives inspired by the concept of 'lost things.'
The children will explore and discuss fairytales and how this fairytale subverts the genre. They will go on to create a number of varied written outcomes culminating in planning, drafting, editing and publishing their own subverted fairytale.
This term, the children will explore decimals, percentages, and their connection to fractions. Additionally, they'll delve into statistics, mastering the interpretation of graphs and pie charts. They'll grasp the significance of numerical representations and gain confidence in data analysis which will empower them with essential mathematical skills and spark a deeper understanding of real-world applications.
Animals including humans 2
Get ready for an exhilarating journey of discovery as the children dive into the fascinating world of the human circulatory system! They'll embark on an epic quest to unlock the secrets of our body's inner workings, learning to identify and name the crucial components like never before. They'll explore the functions of the mighty heart, the intricate network of blood vessels, and the life-giving properties of blood itself. But that's not all! They will uncover the powerful impact of diet, exercise, drugs, and lifestyle choices on their bodies, igniting a flame of curiosity that will fuel their understanding of self-care. Finally, they will unravel the mysteries of nutrient and water transportation within animals, including the awe-inspiring human species.
What was life like in Tudor England?
In our History topic, the children will hone their historical analysis skills by extracting information about Henry VIII from various sources. They'll justify their interpretations using evidence, make deductions about Anne Boleyn, and support their historical interpretations with evidence. Evaluating Henry VIII's wives, they'll deduce which best met his requirements, backed by evidence. Students will identify primary sources, extract evidence, and make historical deductions. They'll recreate historical events, such as Elizabeth's entrance into Worcester, using relevant evidence. Additionally, they'll analyse inventories to determine wealth status, explaining the utility of inventories to historians and creating realistic inventories themselves.
Other Curriculum Subjects
Cross Curricular Art & DT - Textiles
Computing- Search Engines
PE- Outdoor and Basketball
Music- Electric Drums
In order to support the children in their progress, home-learning is given in Reading, Maths and Spelling.
The children use Spelling Shed to practise their weekly spellings, which focus on the Year 5/6 Common exception words. The children must also complete a maths task linked to their lessons or a maths task with a focus on arithmetic. It is imperative that the children read daily for 15 minutes as it secures new vocabulary, improves fluency and supports their writing outcomes.
Homework goes out on a Friday and is to be handed in on a Wednesday.
Maths Calculation Policy
Age Related Expectations- Year 5
Age Related Expectations- Year 6
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
A site with links to Maths and English revision materials, including worksheets to look at online or to print off and practise with.
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used
Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.
English and Reading
https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/reading-lists - Year 5/6 Book reading recommendations
You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site
An excellent, fun website covering reading skills and several different genres of writing:
This is a great resource for writing, reading and grammar. It directs you to several websites specific to your needs: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/revision/engindex.html
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.