St. Sebastian – Years 5 / 6

Summer 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...

                                                                   Religious Education 

                                                   The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2 ...

Pentecost- The children will learn about the transformation of the Apostles of Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit and will know that the Holy Spirit is included in the Church’s belief in the Holy Trinity.

The Work of the Apostles-  The children will also learn about the Apostles after Pentecost. They will understand why the Apostles were eager to proclaim Christ's Resurrection and will learn stories of the Apostles and their missionary work.

Marriage & Holy Orders: The children will explore the Sacraments of Commitment: Marriage and Holy Orders. They will recall the promises made in Marriage and understand the key roles of the Archbishop, Priests, and Deacons. Additionally, they will explore the meaning of the "Body of Christ" and its significance in defining roles and responsibilities within the Church.


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Anne Frank by Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett.  The children will learn about Anne and her family’s life. They will have opportunities to write extended diary entries, letters and short descriptions. The final pieces of extended writing will be an obituary, a newspaper report and an opinion piece. Children can then have fun publishing their own newspapers!



Firebird by Saviour Pirotta- The children will begin by making predictions about the story theme and explore new language used within the book and use this to retell, describe and eventually plan and write their own version of a fairytale story, using devices similar to those in the text. Other writing outcomes include formal letters and character descriptions.





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The children will be learning, in more depth, about position and direction, measurement and volume.  They will also be revisiting many of the skills and curriculum content covered in Key Stage 2. This enables them to revise any areas with possible gaps in understanding before they move on to the next year group.


 Science AliveForces - Science Alive

The children will be learning about Forces. They will learn about gravity, they will learn to identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces; and finally, they learn how to recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.



What was the impact of WW2 on the people of Britain?

biggest contributions to World War II ...

This term in history, the children will delve into the causes of World War II, explore the different phases of the Battle of Britain, and learn to make inferences and deductions from historical photographs. They will describe the experiences and emotions of evacuated children, evaluate the accuracy and reliability of various sources, and examine the significant impact World War II had on women's lives.  As part of their history learning, the children will visit Bletchley Park and Museum and in the role of codebreakers, they will intercept and decipher German communications in order to decide if the deception plans have been successful and whether it is safe to proceed with the invasion. 

Other Curriculum Subjects


Art- Make my voice heard

Computing- Bletchley Park

Ten Ten- Life to the Full – Y5 Pathway 1

PE- Athletics/ Fielding and Striking


Curwen Primary School - Home Learning

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.

Useful documents

Maths Calculation Policy

Age Related Expectations- Year 5

Age Related Expectations- Year 6

Useful Links

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  - Year 5/6 Book reading recommendations 

Y 5/6 Reading Recommendations

Bookfinder on the Booktrust website
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:

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.

Spelling Shed online

Reading comprehensions, SPAG practise and spellings 

KS2literacy Spellings