Y5/6: Mrs Mitchell's & Mrs Hughes' Class 2018 - 2019

Mrs Mitchell

Welcome to the Summer Term

We are into the final term of the academic year and there is still lots of learning and exciting activities planned to take us up to the summer holidays. 

What’s happening this term

Our HISTORY topic is 'The Mayan Civilisation'. In this topic, we will be: 

- creating a timeline to show this period of history 

- exploring when and where the remains of Mayan civilisations were discovered

- discussing artefacts discovered from Mayan times and what these tell us 

- finding out how Mayan society was structured

- researching everyday life of the Mayan people


In SCIENCE, we will begin by looking at 'Living Things'. This will include looking at the history of classification of living things from Aristotle to the present day; understanding why classification is important and researching animals and plants in more detail.


SPELLINGS will have a focus on the Year 5/6 common exceptions words. Exception words are words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way. They are not words for which phonics 'doesn't work', but they may be exceptions to spelling rules, or words which use a particular combination of letters to represent sound patterns in a rare or unique way. 

New words are introduced on a Monday and the children are tested each Friday afternoon. Lots of time is given throughout the week to learn and apply these words. It is also part of the children's weekly homework to practise these at home. 

Class Rules 

After meeting as a class and a lengthy discussion, we have devised the following rules that we aim to abide by.

* Take great care with classroom equipment and tidy away after use.

* Speak with respect to others.

* Treat others how you like to be treated.

* Hand up to speak and wait to be chosen.

* Listen to others, especially those talking.

* Be kind and invite others to join in.

* Try as hard as you can and take provide in your work.

We have all signed to say we will work as hard as we can to follow these rules every day!!


Homework will be given out every Wednesday for Literacy and Numeracy (Mental Arithmetic). Homework will be collected on a Monday morning.

We will be having a particular focus on Timetables each week, so any extra time spent learning these will benefit your child greatly.

Learning spellings should also be part of your weekly homework routine. 

All homework will be recorded by the children in their homework diaries and should be ticked off as each task is completed. 


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 by the class teacher and rewards are given out to encourage this to be done each week. 


PE lessons will be on a Monday afternoon (Athletics) and Thursday afternoon (Rounders). 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 and therefore not fulfilling the requirement for this aspect of the curriculum. 

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