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Foxes - Yr5/6

Welcome to Foxes Class

Welcome to Foxes class. This is the home of the year 5 and 6 children.

Our teacher is Miss Williams.

We are supported in class by Mr Batty, Mrs Cattell and Mrs Cartwright.

Miss Williams

Welcome back, we have made it to Spring 2021!


I hope you have all had a fun filled Christmas and New Year holiday time with your families and hopefully not eaten and drank your own body weight in mince pies and mulled wine. 

We have lots of interesting new learning topics this term and I am sure all of the fabulous foxes are excited to be returning to school to see their friends again and to find out what is in store for the next few weeks.





Foxes Class


Spring Term 2021


Our theme for the first half of the spring term is 'Frozen Kingdom'. We will be reading 'Kasper: Prince of Cats' by Michael Morpurgo, which is a beautiful story about not just any ordinary cat.  He is Prince Kasper Kandinsky - the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic.



Our units this half term are separated into two the first being ‘Life Cycles’ and the second is ‘Reproduction in Plants and Animals’. We shall be looking at the life cycles of different mammals, birds, insects and amphibians, investigating what modern day science can do to help and support endangered species.  We will also study the reproduction of both plants and animals.  Finally moving on to looking at reproduction in humans. 



In the first half of the spring term, the children will be looking at writing to persuade.  We shall be focusing on writing letters of persuasion and persuasive speeches.  We will continue to focus on handwriting and spelling. Children will read daily as part of whole class and independent reading. The focus for our reading will be the books ‘Kasper: Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo, ‘A Call from the Wild’ by Jack London and ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill.

Our reading continues to focus on the VIPERS skills. The children are always encouraged to apply their inference skills in order to 'read between the lines' and look for the underlying motivations and feelings behind character actions. As ever we thoroughly appreciate and encourage any discussion you can have with your children surrounding their reading. What are they  reading? Can they describe the characters? How do they think certain characters are feeling about a certain situation?

Please can we ask that you encourage your children to read a wide range of materials including both fiction and non fiction and a range of genres, especially within fiction such as historical novels, science fiction and adventure narrative.  



For the first half of the spring term we shall be focusing, to begin with, on position and direction for year 6 and statistics for year 5. Following on from this we will be moving on to decimals and percentages for year 6, perimeter and area for year 5. Finally, year 6 will finish the first half of the term with algebra and the year 5 will swap to decimals and percentages.

I would be grateful if you could also encourage your children to continue to practice their times tables and related division facts up to the 12 times tables.



Our topic title this half term is 'Frozen Kingdom'. As part of this topic, we shall be investigating the Polar Regions and their climates and habitats.  We shall be investigating how both plant and animal species have adapted to survive and thrive in the extreme conditions.  We will look at what climate change means for our frozen kingdoms.  We are also going to learn about amazing explorers, such as Ernest Shackleton, and look back at the tragically ending story of the Titanic.   


Art and D.T

Our focus for this half term is Victorian art and architecture.  This will include looking at the architecture of the Houses of Parliament and local Victorian architecture.  In addition, we shall look at the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Rossetti and Millais.



We are thinking about the topic of 'Incarnation’. We shall be looking in greater depth at the arrival of Jesus as the Messiah and the meaning that this had for the future of humanity.  We shall look at the transfiguration and the effects this has had on our lives today.  We will investigate some of the more modern day ‘peacemakers’ and their contributions to our world today and consider the statement: ‘The World doesn’t need a Messiah – it just needs people to love each other’



In this unit, children will be developing an age appropriate understanding of inclusion and equality, taking account of race, ethnicity, religion, culture and language, different abilities, gender, sexual orientation and age, within the school and the local community.



For the first half of the spring term, we shall be learning how to talk about our home life. This includes all aspects of home life such where we live, address, type of property, location and surroundings, who we live with, family members and friends and what pets we may have, if any.  Finally, we shall be learning how to describe our families and pets. (Watch out parents and carers!)



During this half term, we shall focus our musical learning on the creation of soundscapes.  We shall be paying particular attention to the use of tempo, timbre and pitch.  Including looking at the relationship between melody and harmony.



In games with YDP we will be doing all of our activities outdoors so please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather.



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