Year 5/6 - St Maximilian Kolbe

Welcome to Year 5/6B - St Maximilian Kolbe


Teacher: Miss Butler




Autumn 1


Welcome to 5/6B's Class Page. We have had a fantastic first week and have lots to look forward to this half-term! 

Key dates:

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

Our Class Mass at St Cuthbert's Church will be on Thursday 8th December 2022 at 10am.

Year 6's Class Assembly will be on Tuesday 27th September 2022 at 9am in the school hall.

Year 5's Class Assembly will be on Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 9am in the school hall.


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: 






Our first English unit focuses on mental health and wellbeing. We have used sources such as 'Inside Out', 'The Colour Monster' and 'Paddington' to generate ideas, which we will develop into a non-chronological report on how to look after our mental health and wellbeing, both at home and at school. 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 


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 looking at Place Value. We are learning to read, write, order, compare and round numbers to 10,000,000. We will then recap the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and work on our reasoning and problem-solving skills. 




Knowing your times tables up to 12 x 12 will make you a much more efficient mathematician. Make sure you are using TT rockstars at home to practise your times tables.



Our Topic for this half term in 'The Vikings'. Throughout this unit, we will be:

- Using a timeline to sequence events from the past

- Comparing and contrasting different Viking Gods

- Giving an overview of life in Britain during the Viking rule

- Discussing the similarities and differences between the rights of children today and those of Viking children

- Comparing and contrasting law and justice during the rule of the Vikings with modern day punishments


We will also have opportunities to develop our writing skills further by writing about significant events from the past.

We will also learn about coasts as part of this unit. We will begin by understanding what a coast is and how they are formed. We will then explore the physical features of coasts and the processes of erosion which affect them. In addition we will use maps and secondary sources to research and describe coastal areas and finally describe how changes in land use will affect people and the environment in different ways.





Our Science topic for this half term is Space and the planets. The topic will begin by learning to name, order and describe the features of the planets. We will also be learning all about the movement of the Earth and other planets and explaining night and day.  Finally, we will be investigating of the Moon and its phases.








During Autumn 1, we will be focussing on the topic 'Ourselves'. We will begin by discussing what makes us unique, what our God-given talents are and how we can use these to help others. Throughout the unit, we will be linking our learning to scripture from the Bible to develop our understanding further.





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 –  In Autumn 2 (November - December), pupils will have a home learning project to complete. At the end of the half-term, they willl bring in their project to share and celebrate with their peers.

Please note: There were a couple of errors on the original printout sent home, which have now been corrected. Please ask me in class if you would like a new printed copy of your spellings.

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