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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

This term's theme is " Changes Through the Ages"


In History we will be looking at changes in Britain over time:

- The Stone Age to the Iron Age

- The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

- Britain's settlement by the Anglo-Saxons & Scots

- The Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England




To support and enhance learning please ensure that your child chooses and completes one of the following theme homework tasks:


  1. Make a model of a Stone Age tool using junk materials. Be as creative as you like! Write a paragraph about your tool e.g. What is it used for? How was it made? Who uses it? (Theme topic)
  2. Design a poster representing the life cycle of a mammal, amphibian or an insect.. (Science topic)
  3. Imagine that you’ve been whisked back into a mythical setting! Write a myth describing your journey and obstacles you face against the mighty Zeus! Remember to include all of the features you’ve been using in your literacy lessons. (Literacy topic)

Please return theme homework by: Friday 8th December 2017  


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


As well as an in-depth study of 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 with a unit on instructions. The children will look at the key features of instructional texts and develop a deeper understanding of imperative verbs, adverbs and technical vocabulary. The children will be working collaboratively to make slime and then write a set of instructions for others to follow!  


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 (Multiplication, Division and Fractions)-

This half-term, as mathematicians, we will be:

    • multiplying multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by 2 digit numbers

    • dividing numbers up to 4 digits by 2 digit whole numbers, using the formal written method of long division

    • solving problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

    • use common factors to simplify fractions and use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination

      Towards the end of the term we will be adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators as well as multiplying simple pairs of proper fractions.



Times tables!

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 finishing off our unit on animals, including humans. We will then be beginning a unit called ‘Living things and their habitats.’We will be describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. Also, we will be working scientifically to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.


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

RE – In RE we will be exploring the question, ‘What would Jesus do?’. 

Indoor PE - (Gymnastics) We will explore, improvise, combine movements and routines

Outdoor PE – (Tennis) We will be learning all of the skills to play tennis.

Computing – We are APP planners

PSHE – Transition work that will focus on  the Golden Guides, the CARE motto and the importance of  developing a Growth Mindset

Music – We will be focusing on Classroom Jazz. All of our learning will be focused around two tunes: Three Note Bossa and The Five Note Swing.

Design, Technology and Art - We will use our sketch books to record our

ideas and drawing techniques using a range of materials including charcoal,

pastels and paint. We are going to experiment mixing colors to create

different backgrounds for our Stonehenge silhouettes artwork. 


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 autumn 2

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.