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Classes Year 5/6 2023-24

Welcome to Year 5 and 6!


In Year 5 and 6 at Wirksworth Junior School, we have 2 classes:

Coelho - Mrs Meehan

Underwood - Mrs Taylor


We love reading!

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

The book we will be reading, discussing and analysing in our shared reading lessons in the Summer Term is...


In the Summer Term, our curriculum theme is Creativity and Imagination. The main subjects we will be focusing on during our project are Art and Music. Throughout our project, we will explore concepts such as influence, diversity, achievement and community. In Art, we will be learning about diverse artists such as Beatriz Milhazes, Romero Britto, Gaudi and Banksy; we will be practising a range of techniques such as cubism; and will create sculptures and stencil designs. In Music, we will learn about musicians such as Sam Cooke and Bob Dylan and how their music inspired change. We will also compose and perform our own blues song. Please see our Art and Music curriculum pages for more information.


Our Big Philosophical Question this term:


Is it better to stand out or fit in?


This term's writing units


Warning Story



Formal letter



Recount (diary entry)


Using simile and metaphor 

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


In maths this term, Year 5s will be focusing on the following concepts:


factors and multiples

Fractions and percentages




Year 6s will be focusing on the following concepts:



Problem solving and application of mathematical skills


What we will be learning in our other subjects this half-term:

PE - Gymnastics and Athletics 

Science - Classification 

Computing - Systems and Networks

PSHE - Changes

RE - What do religions say when life gets hard?

Spanish - Asi soy yo (That is how I am); Hago Deporte (I practise sports)

Things to remember...

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

Maths homework will be sent out each Friday and is to be completed by the following Thursday.

Spelling and handwriting homework will be sent out each Friday and is to be completed by the following Thursday.

PE days this term:

Tuesdays (Underwood), Wednesdays (both classes) and Fridays (Coelho).

Creative activities to try out when you are reading at home

Activities to help you with learning your weekly spellings