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Year 5/ Year 6 Class


Teacher: Mrs Kinnersley & Mrs Prophet

Teaching assistants: Mrs Jones

This term our topic is ‘How did the railways change Minsterley?’.


In English this term we will be exploring a wide range of genres which will include play
scripts, diary writing, newspaper articles and biographies. All of the writing will be
linked to a range of good quality texts. Within guided reading a lot of our work will be
based on the book ’Darwin’s Dragons’ by Lindsay Galvin, which is linked to the same era
as the Industrial Revolution and also our science topic of evolution. We will also study
a range of texts linked to the railways topic, including short stories and poems. Our
main focus in writing will continue to be on sentence structure where we will ensure we
punctuate sentences correctly and we are confident at using a wide range of sentence
types and sentence openers. Plus we will continue working on using words to create an
impact on our reader.


Our first topic in maths is statistics, which includes drawing and interpreting line
graphs and pie charts and calculating the mean. The second topic is geometry, learning
about properties of shape, including problem solving with angles. In the second half
term we will continue the vital task of practising and consolidating calculation skills and
fluency with fractions, decimals and percentages. However, we will also tackle some
more extended and creative problem solving activities and investigations. In addition,
Year 6 pupils can look forward to an exciting maths project which is part of their
transition to Year 7.


Our topic is called ‘How did the railways change Minsterley?’ which will involve studying
the impact of steam during the Industrial Revolution and then investigating the
influence steam had on our local history. If anyone has or knows anyone who has
information or photographs of any of the local railways or mines we could have a look
at, we would be very grateful.

Science, DT, Art and Computing

Our first science topic is ‘Electricity’ where we will look at circuits, conventional
symbols for electrical circuits and we will construct circuits with specific components.
In the second half term we will look at ’Living Things and their Habitats’ and we will
explore the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a
bird and describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. In
Design and Technology we are going to be constructing frame structures and in our
computing we are going to explore computer programming and will continue to look at
aspects of e-safety. In art we are going to learn about graffiti
techniques and experiment with our own graphic designs. As part of this
project we will also learn about the work of Pablo Picasso, create
monochrome paintings inspired by Symbolist artists and make
sculptural self-portraits from clay.


We have a fantastic range of books in class for children to read independently at
home and in school. Each year group has a recommended top 20 reads. This list can be
found inside your child’s Reading Record. In school, we provide daily reading
opportunities, some of which are guided where we focus on the following skills:
vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. Our class
book will be ’Darwin’s Dragons’ and a lot of our non-fiction reading will be linked to the
science and history topics. For those children who require further support with their
reading they will take part in additional adult led reading sessions as much as possible.


In PSHE we will cover ’Being My Best’ and ‘Growing and Changing’ which will cover
topics such as: keeping healthy, growth mindset, human development and first aid. Long
Mynd class will continue to receive music lessons from a professional music teacher
where they will listen to, perform and explore music in a variety of ways. In French we
will be enjoying these topics: France, the future and jobs. Whereas PE this term will
be swimming, rounders, cricket and athletics. Within RE we will be investigating a
philosophical question about the existence of God.

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