Y5/6: Mrs Ashdown's Class 2020 - 2021

Mrs Ashdown

Welcome to the Spring Term

Welcome back to school for the start of 2021! We're looking forward to seeing you all settle back and continuing to be the best you can be. 

What’s happening this term...

During this Spring Term, we will be looking at our new topic: 'Anglo Saxons'. During this  topic, we will be looking at how the Anglo Saxons lived, what they were like as people and what they did that changed history!

Science is - Forces and conducting our own experiments.

Spellings will be focusing on specific patterns, words from the statutory spelling lists and also some WOW words to expand vocabulary. These will be introduced each week on a Monday and the children will be tested on a Friday. A letter containing the spellings for the half term will be sent home and a copy has also been added to this page. 

Class Rules


~ Wash/Sanitise hand: after the toilet,

before and after breaks, sneezing or coughing.

~ Try and stay a safe distance from others.

~ Sneeze into tissue or arm.

~ Put the tissues in the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' bin.

~ If we are feeling unwell tell a teacher.

~ Keep to the one-way system.

~ 2 people in the toilet at one time.


~ Put your hand up to answer or ask a question.

~ Treat others the way we would like to be treated.

~ Remember not to swing on the chairs.

~ Be polite to others.

~ Speak with respect at all times.

~ Try to always do your best.

~ Listen to others when they're talking.

~ Always try to help one another because we are a team.

~ Work hard to embrace the learning powers and be positive.

~ Take care of classroom resources.


Homework for now will be focused around: spellings and their Year 5&6 grammar homework books (where the set pages are to be uploaded on to teams via a photo every week). 

Timestable and division practise is to be completed weekly also using Timestable Rockstars in order to maintain quickfire recall (which is essential for a whole range of numeracy topics such as fractions and measurements).

Any parents wishing to complete additional learning at home are of course welcome to do so.


At this time, every Friday all Year 5&6 pupils have the opportunity to change their book for home using our main library. Pupils will be able to access our class libraries during the week for independent reading as well as accessing lots of texts through lessons. 

The book we are currently studying for our Guided Reading sessions for Spring 1 (and continued as our class read up until Easter) is the - award winning - Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.  This is a highly descriptive, imagintaive and witty adenture story which should inspire a true love for reading and courage to pursue your dreams by "never ignoring a possible".  

If your child is really enjoying Rooftoppers, below is a fantastic list of book recommendations that are written in a similar style.


All children, no matter their age, benefit greatly from sharing a book with an adult (both accedmically and emotionally) and we are keen to encourage this outside of school as much as possible.

For more book ideas for a range of ages / genres please take a look at https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/  where you can sample sizeable extracts. 


PE will continue as normal, twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday. Children will be expected to come in wearing the PE kit on these days rather than getting changed in school. They will remain in their PE kit all day. This will be further explained in a letter which will go home.

As always, children not in the correct PE kit will not be allowed to take part in the lesson. Any children not taking part in PE for other reasons will need to bring a letter in from home - we cannot accept a verbal explanation from the children.


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