Years 5 & 6

At Mulgrave Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Mulgrave we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.




Year 5 are beginning a new topic based upon the core text, Kiss the Dust. We will be learning of a heart-aching journey of a Kurdish from Iraq forced to flee her country as a refugee. We can link this story to current global migration and refugees. We will be writing diaries of a similar refugee experience, using emotive language, rhetorical questions and developing positive and negative tones to writing.


After half term, Year 5 will be using our core text of 'Kiss the Dust'  - the story of a Kurdish refugee girl - to link to the current Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and their escape to Bangladesh. We will be writing newspaper reports using direct and reported speech and exploring the use of propaganda. After this we will be writing split narratives, opposing two points of view, again linked to the crisis in Myanmar. To improve our writing we will concentrate on spellings, grammar and punctuation this term. Please encourage your child to practise spellings daily in their planners.

In Mathematics we will be learning strategies for multiplication and division, including short and long methods, chunking and grid methods to widen the ways our children can approach problems.

We will also be studying animals and humans in Science, creating refugee tents in D&T, continuing with HTML programming in Computing and exploring the geography and history of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Please click here to see our Year 5 class newsletter for the Autumn Term

Please click here to see our Year 5 homework for the Autumn Term



This term we have some fantastic learning opportunities planned for children in Year 6 and we look forward to getting to know all pupils creating and sharing some wonderful experiences with them.


Our core text this term is the Dystopian novel ‘Never Let Me Go’ which explores fundamental issues around global themes centred around ‘What makes us Human?’ We will be exploring key questions around ‘freedom of the individual’ and ‘self’, the ethical and moral arguments around ‘cloning’ and ‘organ donations’.

In English therefore, we will be identifying and exploring debates for and against these issues which will result in a balanced argument being published using UN data and scientific thinking around cloning and humanity.

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Please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes in the evening.  This can be in the form of reading books, magazines of interest or newspapers. 


A list of expected spelling words can be found on the internet: Google Years 5&6 spelling list.  Encourage your child to familiarise themselves with the spellings of these words. They must practice their spellings daily as they need this to successfully achieve good levels in the SATs.


In mathematics this half term, we are beginning the term by consolidating and deepening the children’s understanding and subsequent mastery of fractions, decimals and percentages. So, instead of independently explaining these concepts as abstract formulae or steps, subject matter experts suggest that we introduce the relation between the three. It helps to bring more clarity to students as a result they don’t see them separately. We will also be using investigations and mastery challenges to help us apply our maths learning in real life scenarios.

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Please ensure you practise mental maths skills (times tables, doubling and halving and number bonds) with your child on a regular basis!

Please use this link to access Maths SATs revision.

SATs Revision

There is now only a term left before your SATs in May.

How can you help?

Please continue to find time to read with your child every day and ask questions about the characters and their motives, the story setting, plot and subject matter. Children need to be able to read fluently and confidently and with good comprehension for their timed SATs tests.

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Support your child with spelling (without practicing your spellings, you will find the grammar test extremely difficult), times-tables practice and mental maths in preparation for SAT’s.

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They need to be proficient in their times tables and using mental methods and be able to apply their spellings to their work.


Please click here to see our Year 6 class newsletter for the SpringTerm

Please click here to see our Year 6 homework for the Spring Term