Year 5/6 - St Maximilian Kolbe

Welcome to Year 5/6B - St Maximilian Kolbe


Teacher: Miss Butler

Spring 1


Welcome back 5/6B! I hope you have a had a restful Christmas holiday and are looking forward to our Spring term. We have lots of exciting plans for 2023!

Key dates:

Our PE day is Wednesday. Please wear your PE kit to school on a Wednesday.

Please make sure you are wearing the correct school uniform every other school day. 



Year 5's Class Assembly will be on Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 9am in the school hall - Year 5 parents are warmly invited to join us.


Please check this page regularly for key dates, homework, useful links to help with you learning, and information about all the subjects we'll be studying.


You can also use the resources below to help with your learning: 






This half-term, we will draft and publish our persuasive leaflets about Japan as part of our Everybody Writes unit. We will also continue our work on Kensuke's Kingdom, drafting and publishing a piece of narrative writing. we will continue our work on Kensuke's Kingdom. Some of the writing objectives we will be looking at are:

- using paragraphs to organise ideas

- using simple devices to structure non-narrative writing e.g. headings, subheadings, bullet points

   -  writing for a range of purposes 

- punctuating direct speech accurately


We will also be revising our reading skills through our guided reading sessions this year. This half term, we will be focusing on:


- Using the context of a sentence to work out the meaning of a word

- Reading aloud with intonation that shows understanding

- Make predictions based on details that have been read








This half-term, in Maths, we are learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. We will learn how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages, and how to find percentages of amounts. We will continue to consolidate the skills learnt in the Autumn term through regular arithmetic practice tests and our Morning Maths questions. 








Knowing your times tables up to 12 x 12 will make you a much more efficient mathematician. Make sure you are using TTRockstars at home to practise your times tables. Last term, we came 2nd in the TTRockstars league - can you help us make it to 1st place this term? Every 5 minutes helps!




Our Topic for this half term is 'The Maya'. During this unit, we will: 

- understand who the Maya were and where and when in the world they lived

- compare the chronology of the Maya with that of other civilisations we have learnt about

- learn about ancient Mayan culture, including food, art and the Mayan number system

- consider a variety of perspectives on the mysterious decline of the Maya

- use evidence to justify our views and form judgements on why the Maya civilisation declined





In Science this half-term, we will finish up our Materials topic by investigating dissolving, separating mixtures, and irreversible changes.

Then, we will learn about Forces. In this topic, we will:

- explore falling objects and how air resistance affects them

- explore the effects of friction on moving objects

- explore the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement

- learn about the force of gravity and how the work of Galileo and Newton shaped our understanding of it.








During Spring 1, we will be focussing on the topic 'Local Church - Mission'. We will be learning about the structure of the Church, and the role of priests, deacons and bishops within it. We will also find out about other Christian denominations and explore the similarities and differences between our beliefs and how we put our faith into practice.                                        





PSHE and Mindfulness

Included throughout all of our topics is the importance of self-care and reflection. At home we encourage you  to use a  journal to write down our thoughts, feelings and emotions which is key to regulating how we are throughout each day like we do in class. Additionally, we will post some online meditation and yoga you can practice at home.


Homework-  Here are the Home Learning tasks that pupils should complete each week. If you need any support accessing these resources, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


1) Reading - Pupils should be reading for 10-15 minutes every night. Pupils can change their books as and when they need to in the Class Library or the KS2 Library. Year 5/6 pupils are welcome to bring in books from home. Please help your child to record their reading in their Reading Record. Listening to your child read can support their fluency, develop their comprehension skills, and help them to progress. Here are some recommended reads - how many of these books have you read?


2. Reading Eggs – Children have a weekly comprehension assignment to complete on Reading Eggs.

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.


3. My Maths  - Children have a weekly assignment to complete on MyMaths that will help them to practise the skills we have been learning in school.

Pupils can also access Mathseeds (using their Reading Eggs login) and TT Rockstars for fluency practice.


4. Spellings – practice daily

Pupils have 10 spellings to learn per week, on which they will be tested every Friday. A PDF copy of the spellings is available below. 


(5. Learning logs –  The next Learning Log project will be in Spring 2. Thank you for your fantastic work during Autumn 2 - I loved seeing (and tasting!) the results.)

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