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Key Stage 2 - Year 5 and 6

Welcome to Year 5 and 6

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Science - Forces

We started our topic on forces today. We investigated the question "Do objects weigh the same in water as they do in air?". We first measured the weight of each object in air using a Newton meter and then lowered each object into a bucket of water and weighed it again. We discovered that objects weighed less in water and some of them weighed nothing at all!

D.T. - Making Tudor Houses

We continued with our Tudor Houses today. As you can see our designs are starting to be built. We all had to concentrate very hard and have a steady hand when putting the pieces of wood together.

Our Tudor Day

Today we joined with Years 3 and 4 for a Tudor Day. We spent the morning on activities - writing with a quill pen and ink; designing Tudor costumes; playing Tudor games; making pomanders; and cooking for our banquet. In the afternoon we took part in a quiz with questions from the posters we had made. To finish off the afternoon we sampled the Tudor food we had made in the morning.


For photos of the day please look on the Year 3 and 4 page.

We read our stories to Yr3/4. They thoroughly enjoyed them.

Take Over Day

Mr Woods-Cano was our teacher for the morning. We learnt about different types of waves and made a sound cannon. We also made a deep sea diver from a pen lid and watched him move up and down as we squeezed the bottle of water.

In the afternoon Miss Spurgeon, Miss Muchechesi and Mr Brown were in charge of our forest school session. We had great fun making dens based on a simple Tudor house (see Forest school pages for photos)

Science - Separating mixtures

Our challenge was to find ways to separate different mixtures: sand and staples; sand and water; flour and rice; salt and water; flour and water. We had a choice of equipment including: magnets, sieves, kitchen roll, cotton wool, funnels, coffee filters, cups, spoons and plastic dishes. We managed to separate most of the mixtures but we found the salt water more of a challenge. We have left some in the dishes to see what happens - we predict that the water will evaporate and leave the salt behind.


(This was Children in Need Day in case you are wondering why we are wearing our pyjamas)

Science - Dissolving

How can we speed up dissolving?

We investigated different things that might change the speed of dissolving including changing the temperature of the water, changing the volume of water and changing the speed of stirring.

D.T. - Tudor Embroidery

We have been making Tudor style samplers in DT.

First we practised our running stitch, back stich and cross stitch.

Next we planned our sampler on dotty grid paper.

Then we transferred the pattern to the material.

After that we chose our thread and started to sew.

We are very proud of the results.

Plan for Autumn Term 2

Science - Dissolving

In science today we tested everyday substances to see which of them would dissolve in water. We also thought about where the dissolved substances had gone.

Visit to Sulgrave Manor

We had a great day out at Sulgrave Manor yesterday. As you can see we all looked splendid in our Tudor costumes - our only problem was that we had to share the servants (Mrs Wake and Mrs Small)! The morning was spent exploring the manor house; finding out about the people who lived and worked there; and what the different rooms were used for. In the afternoon we learnt about Tudor education and we used a quill pen and ink to write our names Tudor style. We also visited the forge to find out how the poorer people lived. We ended the day with a walk around the gardens.

Measuring activities to collect data

DT - Tudor embroidery

We started sewing our Tudor style embroidery today. As you see from the photos we had to concentrate very hard.

Science - Is it a solid or a liquid?

We thought we knew the answer to this question until we started to investigate. We tried different tests - stirring, pouring, keeping its shape, run test, using a sieve and seeing if it could be absorbed. We found that salt and sand sometimes behaved like liquids! [We discussed why this was and worked out that we really needed to have tested just one grain of salt or sand]. The tricky ones were toothpaste, hair gel and shaving foam they sometimes behaved like a solid and sometimes like a liquid.

Story telling

In English this week we have been looking at origin stories such as how the elephant got his trunk and how the camel got his hump. We worked in groups to learn a story and then we retold it to the rest of the class. As you can see from the photos some groups even put actions into their story.

Topic work - The Tudors

Last week in topic we looked at portraits of the Tudor monarchs. We looked carefully at what they wore and then designed our own Tudor costume. (see photos below)


This week we found out how the Tudor period of history started. We worked with Year 3 and 4 to re-enact the Battle of Bosworth. (see photos on Year3/4 page)

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.


Ukulele with Mrs Fell

Ukulele with Mrs Fell 1
Ukulele with Mrs Fell 2
Ukulele with Mrs Fell 3
Ukulele with Mrs Fell 4
Ukulele with Mrs Fell 5
Ukulele with Mrs Fell 6

Outline plan for Autumn Term 1