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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, Mrs Mayman-Quick and Mrs Varney.

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 'Discovery and Caring'. We will be exploring world history in the context of the Mayan Civilization and Shang Dynasty. Throughout our project, we will explore concepts such as respect, trust, empire and invasion.

Our Big Philosophical Question this term:

Why have buildings and structures become a significant part of civilization?

Texts we will use to support our learning:



This term's Talk for Writing units


Portal (time-slip) story

Using imagery in emotion poems inspired by the picture book 'Wisp'


Short-burst diary entry (recount) about our virtual trip to Chichen Itza!

Information text

Persuasive advert

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


In maths this half-term, we will be focusing on place value and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


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 Thursday.

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:

Neptune - Monday

Jupiter - Tuesday

Pluto - Friday

Creative activities to try out when you are reading at home

Activities to help you with learning your weekly spellings