Mrs Dyde's Class 2020 - 2021

Mrs Dyde




Welcome to our Summer Term! 

Welcome back everyone and I do hope you all had an enjoyable Easter. It was lovely to see you all back for a short while last term and we now have a full Summer term to look forward to. There are really exciting learning opportunities planned again for everyone throughout this term; different topics to look forward to and great fun to be had which will hopefully create long-lasting memories for you all as we complete our school year. We will continue working on both the Year 5 and Year 6 curriculum to cater for all of the children in class and for some this will be their last term at Highfields, but for everyone it will be a time where we all move on and so the aim is to create those life-long memories that you will all be able to look back on. This page, as usual, is intended to help you feel involved and informed of everything we plan to do. 


English - What is planned?                      

We will continue to read a marvellous, unforgettable story; one of adventure, discovery, friendship and freedom - 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson.


Joining the adventure we meet Maia, who is an orphan, who finds she has distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines spending her time with a loving family and having great adventures with them but the reality is very different. The Amazon though still provides many wonders, amongst which there is a boy who lives alone on the wild river shores; she befriends him and shares a spectacular journey into the heart of the Amazon with him.


What else is there?

We will be linking our English to studying the Rainforests in Geography, exploring where they are; where the Amazon is; the life found in an Amazonian Rainforest including both the animals within the layers of the forest and those who live there; this will also lead us to explore the different climate and climatic zones around the world.






In Science we will be looking at living things in their habitats with a particular focus on animals found in the rainforest, their adaptations and classifications. You may even choose to research some of those pictured above. 

Our Art will also be closely linked to the book, Journey to the River Sea, and will involve exploring the work of Henri Rousseau and his jungle pictures which will provide inspiration for our own multi-media work. We will also be drawing animals, looking at shape, form and tone, and even create our own beautiful butterflies.            



Our Summer Curriculum 

The Summer Curriculum planner will provide you with much more information on the range of exciting learning activities planned across all areas of the curriculum. Some activities you will now see have been changed from the Spring to Summer term. You will be able to see which areas we have already covered, having adapted the curriculum and which areas we are going to be covering using our Annual planner. Both the Annual planner and Summer Curriculum plan can be found attached as files at the bottom of the page.


Keep up to date with our weekly Learning Journey:

 Week Beginning 21st June 2021


English - This week we will complete our narrative - 'The Flight' - after which Year 6 will be reflecting on and recalling memories of their time spent at Highfields. We will then move on to write a diary entry writing in first person as Maia. We will base the diary entry on an animal Maia will have seen as she travels down the Amazon. We will be using our research that we completed a few weeks ago.

We will continue to set and use 'Spelling Shed' for our spellings. Please use this to learn spellings for the week. 


Maths - Following Maths No Problem, Year 5 will complete their focus on geometry of shapes involving angles. We will all then be working on coordinates, translation and reflection, using relevant topics from MNP for Year 5 and Year 6 children. Each day we continue to focus on our arithmetic skills.

We also continue with our journey on TTRS - the times that the children are achieving are really truly amazing and we are certainly setting a high standard as a class and as individuals for the rest of the school to follow. Well done to all the children for working so hard to improve their recall.


Science - This week we will be eexamining the different characterisitcs of micro-organisms, including their classification - looking at the structure of the cell and whether it is useful or harmful to humans.


History - This week we continue exploring Viking Longships and focus on designing our own dragons head for the prow.


Music - This half term we are focusing on Western Classical music; learning about, listening to and appraising different songs.


Art - This week we will be exploring our designs for our butterflies which are going to be used to contribute to a whole school display.


ICT - This week we continue to explore the process of 3D modelling, changing designs to suit a specific purpose.


PE- Our PE changes and will be on a Wednesday and a Thursday this half term. We will look at both the individual and different skills used for different sports. This term focuses on athletics, rounders, cricket and tennis. Tuesday is also sports day.


RE - This week we will be exploring why it is important to Muslims that they lead and a good life and it means to them.



Guided reading continues in small groups within the class. The children have their own book and after each Guided Reading Session they answer questions on what they have read, building on their understanding and comprehension. The children still have the opportunity to read at least three times a week having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. 

Reading Record Diaries

Please continue to encourage your child to read at home at least 4 times a week. It is lovely to see that we have a reading millionaire in our class. I wonder how many more can achieve this remarkable standard. In Year 5 and Year 6 we encourage the children to be more independent and record their own reading in their reading diaries, however we would like you to sign or comment in your child's diary at the end of the week so we know that this is happening -  this is greatly appreciated. Reading diaries will be checked weekly when your child has their Guided Reading Session. Reading so often, every day, should enable your child to take a book quiz within two weeks - sometimes perhaps three. 


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This will be sent home every week on a Friday but is expected to be completed by the following Friday. It can be found outlined on our Brain Builder and will be added to our class page weekly. It will consist of spellings and times tables, both of which will be tested on Friday. Maths is set online using MyMaths or Purple Mash; Grammar skills can be completed in the book sent home or on sheets sent home that week and there is an online comprehension set using Bedrock Learning.  If your child is experiencing difficulty in accessing online homework then please do let me know. 

Please click on the pencil which will link to our Brain Builder for your homework 18.6.21 


PE and PPA

This half term we will be having PE on a Wednesday and a Thursday so please remember to come to school in your correct PE kit. (Our PE kit is a yellow t-shirt with the school logo, black shorts and trainers; if it is cold, black track suits are allowed, or long sleeved tops in school colours. There are black joggers and black jumpers available with our logo on). During PPA the children will also be having French and Music.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school every day and that it is clearly identifiable. The children can currently bring two water bottles to ensure that they have access to sufficient refreshment during the day.


Please make sure your child only brings in what is necessary for school as we follow the new routines and procedures in place. The children should store their pencil cases in their tray, and preferably should be ones which can be wiped clean. They will need to bring in their reading diary and reading book daily; lunch boxes if required and water bottles. All of these will be returned home each day and where possible should be cleaned before coming back to school the following day.

If you have any questions relating to any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be contacted through the school office using the email address below or by phone. I will then endeavour to reply within 48 hours.

Meanwhile please do make use of the website links and other information below.

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