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Key Stage 2 - Year 5 and 6

Welcome to Year 5 and 6

Maths - making boxes for Easter eggs

We had to design and make a box to fit our Easter egg. We started by measuring the egg and choosing the shape of our box. Next we drew a net for our box on paper and tested it to see if the egg would fit inside. We adjusted our design and then made our box from card and decorated it. 

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 1
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 2
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 3
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 4


We are working on stop motion films to fit one of our 10 pieces of music. We are using a mixture of drawing, plasticine models and lego figures.

Science - testing properties of materials

Which material makes the best thermal insulator?

We worked as a class to investigate this question. We wrapped cardboard cups in different materials - plastic wrap, newspaper, T-shirt, cotton wool, felt, foil, towel and a jumper and we also left one uncovered as our control. We filled the cups with hot water and recorded the temperature every two minutes. 

Testing materials

We started our new science topic "Properties and changes of materials" by testing different materials. We tried to answer these questions:

  • Which rock is the hardest?
  • Which materials are the most absorbent?
  • Which materials conduct electricity?
  • Which materials are magnetic?
  • Which materials conduct heat?

For each test we made predictions before we carried out the test.

Art linked to our topic

Last week we worked on mixing primary colour paints to make a colour wheel. This week we have been using our colour mixing skills to produce the colours we need to paint illuminated letters.

Tree planting

We all enjoyed planting trees and making tree cookies (and getting muddy!) at Sylva this week.


Go to Year 3 and 4 page to see photos 

Topic - Anglo-Saxons

We have been finding out about village life during Anglo-Saxon times. We split into groups to try our hand at weaving, dying using natural materials and writing using runes. We also looked at photographs of artefacts and tried to work out what they were and how they might have been used. The final group used the internet to research village life.


For more photos and information see Years 3 and 4 page

Maths - estimating and measuring

This week we have been looking at measuring in maths. We have worked out different scales on measuring equipment and revised changing from one metric measure to another. Later in the week we played a game of estimation golf - working in groups we took turns to estimate various measurements, the nearest to the "hole" won the points. We had to think carefully about which measuring equipment to use. After we had made some measurements we could use these to help us to improve on our estimating. 

Making a seasons calendar

We looked at drawings from Anglo-Saxon times that showed various farming tasks. We then matched these tasks to the different seasons of the year to make a calendar. Next we added our own pictures to show the seasons. Finally we linked the seasons together to make a moving calendar.

Spring Term 1 Plan

Science - The solar system

We tried making a model of the planets in our solar system. After discussing in our groups, we chose different size balls, marbles and beads to represent the planets. We then looked at data showing the actual sizes of the planets and realised that we needed to change some of the balls. Starting with the largest ball we had to represent Jupiter we then worked as a class to find the correct size balls etc (see photos below for our final version). We were surprised by how small Earth is when compared to some of the other planets.

Maths - working with 3-D shapes

We have been working on 3-D shapes this week. We tried different activities to improve our understanding.

1. Sitting back to back one person made a shape from cubes and then described the shape for their partner to make.

2. We looked at drawings of 3-D shapes and then made them from linking cubes. The next part of the challenge was to put the pieces together to make a 3 by 3 cube. This proved quite difficult but with a few clues we all managed to make the cube. 

Our Ancient Greek models and drawings

Our homework task was to produce a model or drawing to go with our topic on Ancient Greece. As you can see from our amazing results we all worked very hard on this (and so did our parents!).

Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4

Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 1
Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 2
Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 3
Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 4
Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 5
Yr 5/6 sharing their stories (retelling of a Greek myth) with Yr 3/4 6

Children in Need (Pudsey Day) - that's why we are dressed in our pyjamas!

Children in Need (Pudsey Day) - that's why we are dressed in our pyjamas! 1


As you can see from the photos below we have now finished our purses and wallets (well most of us - the missing few will be added next week!)

Topic research

We have started research projects finding out about famous Ancient Greeks or Ancient Greek inventions.

(see Year 3/4 page for photos)

Plan for Autumn Term 2


We all had a super day. The harvest festival service went well - Key Stage 2 told the story of our food from seed to plate. Lunch as enjoyed by all and we had a great time chatting to all our guests.

See Year 3/4 page for photos.

DT - sewing

Today we started to sew our purses and wallets. As you can see this takes a lot of concentration.


​Greek Banquet

We all helped to make the food for the banquet to mark the end of our Olympic games. The ancient Greeks would have celebrated on the fifth day of their Olympics with a great feast. As you can see we all looked the part.
Photos of the banquet can be found on the Year 3 and 4 page - just scroll down to the photo section.

DT - Money containers

We started our DT topic today by looking at different purses and wallets. We looked at the materials used and the types of fastenings ready for thinking about our own designs.


Ancient Greek Olympics

On Monday afternoon Key Stage 2 enjoyed a visit from Hands on Oxfordshire Heritage. We learnt about the very first Olympics - where and why they were held. We found out about the events and who could take part. It was then our turn to take part in the jumping event;three standing long jumps one after another, first unaided and then with the help of halteres (weights) - although we didn't find them much of a help! After that we each made a ceremonial discus using clay.
[Further photos can be found on Year 3/4 page]





Starting in Year 5 and 6

Starting in Year 5 and 6 1

Plan for Autumn Term 1

Years 5 and 6 are mostly taught by Mrs Wake with the help of Mrs Campbell who supports specific children.

Art and music are taught by Mrs Fell and French is taught by Mrs Campbell.



Your child will be doing PE on Wednesday and Friday, except for the terms when they do Forest School then there will be no Friday PE.

What we do in PE changes term to term but you will be informed at the beginning of each term whether your child needs a P.E. kit or swimming kit for Wednesday's PE lesson.


PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers. Please make sure that all items are named.

Your child will be given spellings to learn on a Monday and will be tested on the following Monday. If children do not get a sufficient amount correct in their test they will come back on Wednesday lunch time to be tested again.


We ask all parents to encourage their child to read every day. Most children will be reading independently by this stage but it is still important to talk to your child about what they are reading and share books with them. This can help them to understand new vocabulary and ensure good comprehension.


Homework  in KS2

  • Read daily (see ‘Reading at home’ information sheet sent home)

  • Learn spellings (set on Monday – tested on following Monday)

  • Learn number facts including times tables

  • Complete a reading activity – Your child will be given a set of activities on stickers at the beginning of term. These will be targeted at your child's reading level. Each week your child will be expected to complete one activity in their homework book. This needs to be handed in every Monday.

  • A Mini Project, linked to in class learning, to be completed over several weeks.


In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their mental maths skills regularly. Knowing their number bonds and times tables, including the division facts, will help them with many different areas of maths.

In our class there is a times tables test every Wednesday. The start of most maths lessons includes mental maths work.


Helpful websites to support mathematical learning:






Please see the schools calculation booklet, which we sent home, for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths.

 If you have any questions please come and see me.



To view our daily class timetable please click on the documents below. Please be aware that this timetable is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.