Y5/6: Mrs Ashdown's Class 2018 - 2019

Mrs Ashdown

Happy New Year & Welcome to the Spring Term

Welcome back after our lovely holiday. During this Spring Term we have many exciting topics and projects coming up .

What’s happening this term

During this Spring Term we will be looking at our topic, "Anglo-Saxons & Vikings". This is a really engaging History/Geography topic, looking at both sets of Invaders and how they attacked, settled and affected our country today. We will become archaeologists investigating the findings from the Sutton Hoo and spend a day in the life of a Viking.

Science will be a study of Light: Exploring how light travels • Investigating how we see things through light entering the eye • Looking at how light can be reflected and change direction • Investigating reflections from a variety of surfaces.

In Geography, after half term, we will be studying the Arctic Biome. We will locate where this biome can be found, identify the climate and investigate how humans and animals adapt to survive in such a unique habitat.

Spellings for the first half term will focus on ough, tial, cial, homophones and Year 5/6 common exception words. We will also be giving a few extra spellings to revise some of the most common spelling errors. 

Class Rules

Always show respect to others.

Be organised and prepared.

Take pride in what you do and who you are.

Have a growth mindset.

Develop independent skills.

Always try your best.

Take care of equipment and other people’s property.

Homework will be given out every Wednesday for Literacy but will be group-specific for Numeracy (see your child's planner for details).

We will be having a particular focus on Timestables each week, using 'Timestable Rockstars' to make this a fun and engaging activity. This can be done at home anytime and support in encouraging your child would be appreciated.


Every pupil has been given a Reading Record that is to be used in school and taken home with their chosen reading book. The expectation is that they will read at least three times to themselves out of school and record this in the book. Ideally, at least one of these sessions will be to an adult at home. This encourages your child to read and also gives you chance to see what progress they are making.

Reading Records will be collected in every Friday to be checked. Children completing this successfully will be rewarded with Table Points.

Our new Guided Reading lessons will revolve around the very exciting novel by David Almond 'Skellig'.


We will be continuing our indoor PE sessions (on a Tuesday) with the focus being on Indoor Athletics & Fitness - our outdoor session (on a Thursday) will be a range of invasion games - for those not involved with the SAS Dance Squad.

Year 5 will be taking part in Swimming every Tuesday.

There is an expectation that the correct PE kit will be in school on a Monday ready for the week ahead.

Children not in the correct PE kit will not be allowed to take part in the lesson.

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