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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Please make sure you hear your child read each night.


Welcome to Class 9's Web Page.


Class Teacher - Mr Phelan 


Creative Curriculum Theme

'Battles of Britain'

Welcome back after the Easter break.

Our new theme is ‘Battles of Britain.’ We will be completing a study that helps our chronological understanding of events post 1066. This will include the exploration of events leading up to WW1 and how this impacted upon our local area. We will use a range of historical sources to compare both similarities and differences in ways of living, as well as looking at how the geography of our locality has transformed since WW1 and WW2. Within DT lessons we will design and evaluate the effectiveness of air-raid shelters.


Here is an overview of what we will be covering this half-term:


We'll be continuing our class novel ‘ Wonder', by Raquel J. Palacio.  There will be comprehension work and guided work linked to this text. We will be continuing to follow the Cracking Comprehension units in our reading lessons.

Please remind your child to log onto our home resource ‘Bug Club’. This is a fantastic resource which gives your child access to hundreds of books at home. Log in using Mathletics log-in details. Your child will be set reading based tasks every other week on 'Bug Club'. 



In Literacy we will begin by writing narratives, considering how authors develop characters and settings. We will be focusing on using a wide range of punctuation including speech, colons, semi colons and commas. The children will continue to strive to write using complex sentence structures. This will include the use of fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, a range of clauses and both active and passive speech. We will continue to have daily spelling, handwriting and grammar lessons. (For more information on Y5/6 grammar please look at - an informative and practical website).



We will continue to practise our cursive joined up writing every week.


Support with writing   

 Click on the link below for ideas on how to help your child with their writing at home.


Ideas to support writing at home


 Numeracy -

 In Maths we will be using our reasoning and problem solving skills to apply all of the skills we have covered in the autumn and spring term. Using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods, we will begin our term by looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems and use our mathematical knowledge to deepen our understanding in these areas.


Times tables (It is extremely important that the children have a secure understanding of their times tables up to 12 x 12) 

Remember it is also an expectation that all Year 5's and Year 6's know all their tables to 12 x 12.



In Science we will be exploring different materials, their uses and their properties as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We will be discussing the properties and uses of different materials and testing the suitability of materials for different purposes. We will be working scientifically to test which materials are best for insulating a new lunchbox.

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In other areas of the curriculum we will be studying the following:


RE – In RE we will be discussing the question ‘What do religions say to us when life gets hard?’ This will involve finding out about and comparing Christian, Hindu and non-religious beliefs based around this question.


PE - PE will be both indoors and outdoors this half term. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day. We will be focusing on dance and fitness.

Computing – As computational, thinking technicians we will be exploring various aspects of film-making. The children will have the opportunity to choose and use appropriate software in order to complete tasks such as writing a script, researching information, filming and editing. As well as using digital devices for recording (video camera or tablet), we will work through pre- and post-production stages, planning high-quality interviews for a documentary and completing the process with the use of video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker.


PSHE - In PSHE we will be looking at the values that are important in relationships. We will then learn about civil partnerships and marriages, recognising that these are examples of stable, loving relationships and commitments. The final few lessons of the term will look at human reproduction in the context of the human life cycle as well as pregnancy and the roles and responsibilities of parents/carers.


Music – In Music will be focusing on Motown music. We will be listening to, appraising and learning about the song ‘Dancing in the Street’ by Martha and the Vandellas.



Read all about it!!

 Familiarise yourself with what's going to be happening in Class 8 over the summer term by reading our newsletters and updates.

Click on the following links to read.

Class newsletter spring 1

Things to remember!       


  1. Bring reading book/bag into school everyday and place finished reading books in the book box to be renewed.

  2. Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and due in every Monday.

  3. Theme homework (Green Book) will be handed out termly.
  4. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including a white t-shirt, burgundy shorts or leggings for girls and black pumps) in school. Also, it is important that the kit is labelled to avoid mix ups/loss. Please ensure all kits are in compact string PE bags. It is also essential for your child to have an outdoor PE kit in school including appropriate footwear e.g. trainers.
  5. (Indoor PE) - Tuesday (afternoon)

  6. (Outdoor PE) - Friday (afternoon)


Homework reminders!

Homework supports the teaching and learning that takes place in school. We appreciate your support at home and if you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you in advance.

Homework books will be sent home on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child completes and returns the books on a Monday morning. Homework club will continue to run on a Thursday at lunchtime if any homework support is required.

Spelling words will be sent home on a Friday and the spelling test will be the following Friday. 

Reading – please encourage your child to read at home each night and put a brief comment in their reading record books.

Online Maths homework – Mangahigh Maths. Every other week, your child will be assigned maths based tasks relating to what they're doing in class. 

Theme Homework – One activity per half term


If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you very much for looking at our class page, if there is anything that you would like to see added to the webpage or if there are any problems with the page please contact Mr Phelan.