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Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH

stedmunds.rcprimaryschool@salford.gov.uk

0161 921 1940

St Edmund's RC Primary School

Year 5/6

There are 3 classes in Upper Key Stage Two. The classes are: 

Team Amethyst - Mr Holcroft

Team Violet - Miss Rogers

Team Magenta - Mr Warburton

We are also assisted by the phenomenal Mrs Barrington, the wonderful Mrs Butler, the amazing Mrs Fisher and the stupendous Miss Williams.

Upper Key Stage 2 Reminders

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Year 6 have PE on Tuesday and Friday. Year 5 have Swimming on Tuesday and PE on Friday.

Toast is available for the half-term via Parent Pay.

Your child will have a 'Reading Reward Card' in their reading record. Please ensure that your child reads each day - continuing to read with them is wonderful! If your child reads on at least five days in one week they will receive one stamp. When they have achieved 4 stamps your child will be given a reward in school. If you are unsure about anything, please speak to a member of the team. Thank you for your continued support and happy reading! 

We use lots of online resources to practise core skills: Reading Eggs to improve our comprehension; Spelling Shed to practise our weekly spellings (tests each Monday); MyMaths to consolidate maths topics, and TTRockstars to increase our fluency with times tables. You can access each from here by clicking their icons.

                                          

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All children from Year 1-6 have been provided with a new username to access Google Classroom, a virtual learning platform that we can use to continue learning in the event that we have to stay at home for a little while, and to complete homework.

Usernames and login details can be found at the back of your child's Reading Record.

Homework

There are a range of activities/tasks you can complete across the whole of the half term. You are encouraged to complete one activity, of your choice, each week. Please then submit a file or photo on Google Classroom. 

Staff review submissions each week and award 100 on Google Classroom, you will then be awarded a green dojo in class. If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher.

Parent Information

Year 6 SATs Briefing

Please click on the link below to access the information shared at our annual SATs briefing. If you have any questions, please speak to us. Thank you. 

SATs Briefing

 

Years 5 and 6 Reading Workshop

 Please click on the link below to access the information from our Reading Workshop - an overview of how your child develops as a reader in Upper Key Stage 2 and what we can all do to support them.

Reading Workshop

Spring 1

STEAM

We have started our new STEAM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) this half term. Starting with engineering, we created catapults to fling animal poo at poachers.

Early Islam

We have started our new History topic, learning about the early Islamic civilisation. We discussed why it might be important to learn about the history of different cultures. Did you know that we inherited our number system from the early Islamic civilisation?

Inspire, Create, Perform

In our new PE topic, we started the theme of 'Inspire' by improvising to different pieces of music then creating our own motif from 6 decided actions. 

Newspaper Articles

Starting as journalists, we interviewed 'April' through hot-seating. We took notes to gain quotes on her experience on Bear Island and the effects of climate change she has observed. 

Autumn 2

Party Day

We have loved spending Party Day together! The morning started with a special visitor arriving on the roof. We have danced, played games, received gifts and spent time time together getting excited for Christmas - it's almost here!

Bespoke Cards

We practised making simple series circuits so that we could use copper tape to design and create our own light-up cards. Each card was unique, took a lot of perseverance, and was definitely worth the effort!

Show (don't tell)

Is someone excited? We build a better picture in our readers’ minds by saying: Her eyes danced with laughter.

To explore the concept of showing (not telling), we created cyphers, with feelings on the inside and actions that show the feelings on the outside.

The Last Bear

We received an envelope filled with maps, photos and a letter, inviting us to be an Arctic Researcher on Bear Island, Norway. Since then, we have enjoyed making inferences about the main character, April, and discovering her adventure with 6 months to spend on Bear Island

Chronology

To improve our understanding of chronology, we used our Time Box to play a game. Taking turns, we had to draw a significant event card and choose where it fit into our timeline. The events were from the history units we have studied since Year 1 so it was a pretty challenging task!

Christmas Experience Day

We couldn't have our traditional Christmas fair this year but the show must go on! We spent the day creating the decorations and treats that we would usually buy at the fair. In the afternoon, we had coke floats and competed in Mr Warburton's annual quiz!

Viking Trip

This half term, we were able to go to Tatton Park to visit an Anglo-Saxon village that was being held under Viking Danelaw.

Before being sold off as slaves to the Vikings, we were taught how to trade, create shield walls, thresh and weave.

Viking Raiders

To discover where The Vikings came from and how they got here, we scouted our classrooms' shorelines to investigate their longboats.

 

Can you remember where the Vikings sailed from?

Electrical Systems

In Design Technology this half term, we are going to create our own electronic greeting card. So far we have explored, analysed and evaluated greeting cards. Then we experimented with constructing a functional series circuit. We had lots of fun successfully completing the circuit so the LEDs would turn on!

Light

We devised and conducted an experiment to test the impact of changing the distance between a light source and an opaque object. Learning about variables helped us to conduct fair experiments. Experiments involving the absence of light don't exactly make for exciting photographs!

Christmas Pantomime!

We were visited by Aladdin this year (oh, yes were were). It was a very quiet experience (oh no it wasn't). We loved having the opportunity to enjoy a show together as we warm up to Christmas.

Commitment

Our current topic is Commitment and we have been looking at the Vocation of a Priest. We discussed each stage of the journey to Priesthood, such as the Calling, Holy Orders, Anointing and the Welcome. Then we were lucky enough to ask Father John lots of questions about his life as a priest, and his route into Priesthood. 

Creative Writing Club

Upper Key Stage 2 Creative Writing Club created some fantastic Haunting Tales using Hollow Wood cards for our inspiration. We look forward to reading them to each other next week!

Art and Cooking Club

Our first week of festive activities started at Year 6's Art and Cooking club! We are looking forward to spending time together after school being creative and trying out new things.

Autumn 1

School Leaders

We present our wonderful team of leaders in school: our Head Girl, Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy. We were overwhelmed with the amount of fantastic applications, and know these role models will do St Edmund's very proud! 

Roles and Responsibilities

Lots of us have put ourselves forward for important roles around school.

We are very lucky to have such amazing Prefects, an admirable GIFT Team, super Librarians and fantastic Reading Buddies

National Poetry Day

Upper Key Stage 2 have enjoyed creating silly tankas, cinquains and kenning poems to celebrate National Poetry Day! Kennings were used by Anglo-Saxons to tell riddles. Can you solve this poem?

Ourselves

In our French topic, Ourselves, we have been learning how to name family members using the correct pronoun and the reflexive verb. We really enjoyed practicing and demonstrating this to the class! 

UKS2 Choir

Our return to Choir was long awaited! Huge smiles and beautiful voices all round. We have such a big choir this year we even have 2 groups in school!! Already, we are so excited for Young Voices! To access more information
and the songs at home, log in to your Google Classroom

Beyond the Physical

In Physical Education, we have been developing our awareness of visual cues, playing cooperatively and competitively, and thinking creatively to make our created games more challenging!

Mountain Ranges

We are learning all about mountains in this half term's Geography lessons. In our first lesson, we got to grips with using the indexes in atlases to quickly find information. We know that a mountain range is a group of mountains and are trying to add new mountains to the ones we knew already!

Parent Celebration - Battle of the Beaks!

We did a science experiment looking at the evolution of bird beaks and making hypotheses for survivals of the fittest and advantageous adaptions.

Under Pressure

Year 5 have been learning all about direct pressure and indirect pressure.

We explored how to resist and cope with pressure.

Clay Vases

We developed our control of tools and techniques with play doh in our Vase Sculptures topic, before creating them with clay and then painting them. They look fantastic!

Rhythmic Dance

We have been exploring and combining rhythms through dance and then creating our own two-part step dance, to complete our World Unite topic.

Elevate!

In Geography, we have been exploring how contour lines are used to show the gentleness or steepness of hills and mountains. We applied our knowledge by converting our contour lines back into mini mountain models!

European Day of Languages

For European Day of Languages, we enjoyed discussing the many languages spoken in our classes, practised
'Hello' in as many languages as
we could, and competed in quizzes such as 'The Longest Word' quiz! 

Place Value

Year 6 have dived into the deep end with Place Value to start the year, we've been reading and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 (10 million!). We have represented numbers using lots of concrete resources, and challenged ourselves by showing our numbers on a Chinese Abacus

Maths No Problem!

Year 5 had great success at reading and writing numbers to 100,000. Lots of us worked quickly through concrete and pictorial representations of the numbers. It was great to hear so much positive partner work too - let's keep it up!

Reading Rewards

Lots of us from across the school have been making a tremendous effort with our home reading. As a reward, many of us collected enough reading stamps to get some hot chocolate and play games!

Black History Month

Following our Black History Month theme of ‘Proud to be’, we spent time discussing Nicola Adams and Marcus Rashford. We then created our own poems and art, celebrating all the amazing achievements of Nicola and Marcus.

Advantageous Adaptions

We have been learning about Selective Breeding and Cross Breeding, where animals and plants are bred to combine characteristics from two parents of the same species, or pass on desirable characteristics. We presented our answers in a Caroll Diagram, matching the parents with the offspring and identifying the type of breeding. 

Investigating Mountain Types

To discover the formations of different mountain types, we did experiments to demonstrate how FoldFault-BlockDome, Volcanic and Plateau Mountains are formed, and what they look like.

Unconditional Love & Forgiveness

Our RE topic this half term is Loving. We have learned about unconditional love: who shows us this and why it is important. Through Lectio Divina, we read the Parable of 'The Lost Son' and discussed its key themes of unconditional love and forgiveness.

Inheritance and Evolution

In Science, we have been learning about Inheritance and Variation. We now know that Fossils can help explain how living things have changed over time.

This week, we played the 'Evolution and Inheritance' Game, where we tested our partners with questions about our learning so far.

The Day the Stationery Quit...

Imagine receiving a letter from the stationery you use every day telling you they're quitting! Well, Year 5/6 had multiple letters from disgruntled stationery and now we're busy writing a response letter to ensure they return to us - it's imperative that they do!

Syncopation

In our first Music lesson of the new academic year, we explored beat and syncopation through a song and body percussion. We enjoyed exploring our own creative body beat patterns!