Upper School Y5/Y6

In Upper School, we work hard and play hard!


RESPECT – Self, Others, Learning, Environment


Mrs Grady, Mrs Mayers, Miss Booth

Mr Crabtree, Miss Holdsworth, Miss Heywood, Mrs Jones


Bring your PE kit to school on a Monday and take it home to be washed on a Friday.


Topic 4: Where in the world?

During our new, exciting topic, we will delve deep into some of the major biomes of our enthralling planet: Earth. Our journey will begin as we wonder through Tundra biome, which is the coldest of all! We will continue and explore the deciduous forest and then we will travel far to the desert biome. Whilst unpicking all of this, we will identify and describe the geographicalsignificance of latitude, longitude, Equator,Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere,the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic andAntarctic Circle, and time zones (including dayand night). We will touch on trade and land use patterns and understand and explain the similarities and differences between all of the biomes. Through our cross-curricular approach we will cover:

Geography- Identifying human features that can be found on the landscape. Use aerial photographs, maps and Google Earth. Learn about human features on landscapes for example, energy, food, land use.

Science-Animals including humans

PE-Team games (Real PE) and PWA

RE-Religions around the world

PSHE-Healthy lifestyle

MFL– Spanish

History– How land patterns and usage have changed and developed over time.

DT/Art– A ‘biome in a bottle’ project.

Music– Recorders

Computing—Coding and debugging programmes and games.



In English we will be writing narratives from alternative viewpoints, letters and non-chronological reports.

Our writing process is vital and so it is important that your child comes to school every day. We work on a two week cycle for each writing genre. During these weeks, we look at excellent examples of writing, the structure and language, then the children write, edit and improve their own texts.

As well as this, children will begin to learn the Year 6 GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling). This will be incorporated into our English lessons to ensure they have the opportunity to apply what they have learnt into their writing.

Our class novels will be The Call of the Wild by Jack London and The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

We also have whole class VIPERS sessions where will develop our skills in answering questions which involve: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summary. All children will read as part of a group and weekly 1:1 reading with a teacher.




We will work with decimal numbers: solving reasoning problems, multiplying and dividing them. We will explore what percentages represent, link them to decimals and fractions and find percentages of numbers. We will begin to explore algebra and how to work out missing numbers in equation when the number has been represented by a letter.


At home you can help your child by…

Encouraging them to read every day and talking to them about what they have read; helping them to learn multiplication tables; making sure they have completed their homework to a good standard; learn to spell the words on the Year 5 and 6 list; talk to your children about what they have been learning in school.