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Year 5 & 6

Welcome to Year Five and Six's Class Page!

Meet the Staff

Mr Zoumides - Class Teacher

Mrs Sigley - H.L.T.A.

Mrs Spruce - Teaching Assistant 1:1


Our Class Saint

Saint Elizabeth Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born in New York City on August 28, 1774 to a prominent Episcopal family, and lost her mother at the age of three. In 1794, at the age of 19, Elizabeth married William Magee Seton, a wealthy businessman with whom she had five children. William died of tuberculosis in 1803, leaving Elizabeth a young widow. After discovering Catholicism in Italy, where her husband had died, Elizabeth returned to the United States and entered the Catholic Church in 1805 in New York.

After a number of difficult years, Elizabeth moved in 1809 to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, planting the seeds of Catholic education in the United States. Her legacy now includes religious congregations in the United States and Canada, whose members work on the unmet needs of people living in poverty in North America and beyond.

Mother Seton, as she is often called, was canonized on Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI. She was the first citizen born in the United States to be given the title of “Saint.” Her remains are entombed in Emmitsburg in the Basilica at the National Shrine that bears her name.


Feast Day - Thursday 4th January

We will celebrate this in school on Wednesday 10th January.


Summer 1

Class Text

‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan

‘The reader’s experience, as he or she tries to make sense of the unfamiliar scenes and strange images, parallels that of the emigrant, striving to understand without the aid of language. This extraordinarily accomplished piece of storytelling can be read and understood on many different levels.’

The Guardian


Shaun Tan’s iconic and multi-award-winning modern classic deals with themes of immigration, hope and persistence.




  • Study the story of Easter from the perspective of Thomas.
  • Think about the reasons why Thomas did not believe in the Resurrection of Christ at first and why people today believe that Jesus is risen from the dead.
  • Learn about Easter and the promise of Eternal life.


  • Read two stories from the New Testament about the coming of the Holy Spirit.
  • Learn about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they are important in the lives of Christians.


Our Values and Virtues: Eloquent and Truthful

  • Pupils are growing to be eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people and the world.



Daily Homework

  • Children in Year 5 & 6 receive daily maths homework that will enable them to practise the 4 basic operations as well as apply these to reasoning questions.
  • Daily literacy homework will focus on spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

Weekly Homework

  • Each week, two pieces of homework are set for the children to complete (no more than 30 minutes each piece).
  • Homework may be revision from a unit of work previously taught or it may be new learning for a unit or concept that will be followed up in class.
  • All children will receive a piece of Maths or English each week (this will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete). They will also receive one piece from either RE, Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, French, Computing, PE or PSHE (these subjects will be rotated on a weekly basis).
  • Homework is handed out on a Thursday and due in the following Tuesday. We will occasionally set one piece of homework on Microsoft TEAMS to further develop the children’s computing skills.

Reading Diaries

  • Children are encouraged to read at home daily (for at least 20 minutes) and are expected to have their diaries signed by an adult at least 3 times a week.


  • It is extremely important that spellings are practised regularly at home. The children are to use the Year 3/4 and 5/6 National Curriculum spelling guides.

Mental Maths/Times Tables

  • Times tables and mental maths skills are vital for your child’s progress in maths. These should be practised regularly.
  • Please encourage your child to practise their times tables using our ’99 Club’ resources on our school website.
  • TTRS is a great platform to practise times tables regularly, whilst having fun too!
  • Daily Homework
  • Children in Year 5 & 6 receive daily maths homework that will enable them to practise the 4 basic operations as well as apply these to reasoning questions.
  • Daily literacy homework will focus on spelling, vocabulary and grammar.



  • This half term, children in Year 5 & 6 will have PE lessons with Mr Sigley (outdoors – weather permitting) on a Monday.
  • Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school for this lesson.

Year 5/6 P.E. at Home

For more information on what we will be looking at across the curriculum in Summer 1 please see the information sheet below.


Ideas of books to be experienced

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Clockwork – Philip Pullman

Farther – Grahame Baker-Smith

Percy Jackson Stories –Rick Riordan                                            

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart – Stephanie Burgess

The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

Journey Trilogy – Aaron Becker

Varjak Paw – S F Said

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillippa Pearce

The Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars

There’s an Indian in My Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks

Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

Clockwork – Phillip Pullman

The Village That Vanished – Ann Grifalconi

Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin

Boy in the Tower – Polly Ho-Yen

Cosmic – Frank Cotrell Boyce

Howl’s Moving Castle – Dianne Wynne Jones

Shakespeare Stories – Leon Garfield

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznik

The Sword in the Stone – T H White

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Island – Armin Greder

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

The Red Tree – Shaun Tan

The Arrival – Shaun Tan

How to Live Forever – Colin Thompson

Marrianne Dreams – Catherine Storr

Dreamsnatcher series and Skysong – Abi Elphinstone                                               

Cogheart Adventures – Peter Bunzl

The Island at the End of Everything – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Letters From the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll

Gaslight -  Eloise Williams

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright – Christopher Edge

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

Rose Blanche – Ian McKewan

The Watertower – Gary Crew

I Am David – Anne Holm

The Silver Sword – Ian Serrailler

Holes - Louis Sachar

Box of Delights – John Masefield

Skellig – David Almond

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkein

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – David Boyne

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

The Kingdom by the Sea – Robert Westall

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