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Classes Year 5/6 2021/22

Welcome to Year 5 and 6!


In Year 5 and 6 at Wirksworth Junior School, we have three classes:

JupiterNeptune and Pluto


Our teachers and Teaching Assistants are Mrs Meehan, Mrs Wadey, Mrs Hytch, Mr Rourke and Mrs Mayman-Quick.

We love reading!

This half-term, our class reading for pleasure book is...


The book we are reading and answering VIPERS questions about in our shared reading lessons is...




This term, our curriculum theme is 'Curiosity and Exploration'. The main subject focus of our project is Geography and Design Technology. Throughout our project, we will explore concepts such as fairness, togetherness, change and sustainability. We will be comparing Florida and The Galapagos Islands, exploring aspects of their physical and human geography. As well as this, we will be learning about famous designers such as Coco Chanel and William Morris; we will be designing, making and evaluating products using upcycling. 

Our Big Philosophical Question this term:

Do we always appreciate what we have got?

Texts we will use to support our learning:



This term's Talk for Writing units


Quest/journey story

Warning tale



Explanation and instructions

Letter writing (short burst)

Persuasive advert

Throughout the term, we will also be provided with opportunities to apply our writing skills across the curriculum. 


In maths this term, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages; measures (converting metric and imperial measures, time and timetables); and geometry (co-ordinates).


Things to remember...

Reading diaries will be checked on a Monday. Read 5 times each week to receive your Dojo points.

My Maths homework will be set each Thursday and is to be completed by the following Wednesday.

Weekly spellings will be posted on Class Dojo before the start of each new week, ready to learn for our test on a Friday.

Forest School days this half-term:

Pluto - Monday

Jupiter - Tuesday

Neptune - Tuesday

Creative activities to try out when you are reading at home

Activities to help you with learning your weekly spellings