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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Welcome to Class 9 

I hope you enjoyed your half-term break. This newsletter is an overview of the teaching and learning for children in Year 5/6. Please visit the school website for further information. I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome Miss Dean who is a final year student and is completing a placement in Class 9.


Welcome to Class 9's Web Page.


Class Teacher - Mr Phelan 


Creative Curriculum Theme

'How did the Industrial Revolution put Manchester on the map?'


In our Theme lessonswe have developed an understanding of the factors that caused the Industrial Revolution and how the changes that occurred affected day-to-day life. This half term we will explore the role Manchester played in this pivotal time in history. I will place a particular focus on the Bridgewater Canal, the textile industry and the background to the famous Manchester Bee.


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Click on image to discover some facts about in Industrial Revolution


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


In Literacy we will continue to read our class text - ‘Skellig’, by David Almond. We will be focusing on higher level vocabulary, drawing inferences, making predictions and summarising the main ideas drawn from a chapter. We will be writing diary entries, linked to the text, with a focus on Michael and Mina’s adventures in the story.


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 -

This half-term, as mathematicians, we will be learning how to confidently use the written method to multiply numbers up to 4 and 5 digits by a one or two-digit number. We will then progress to the formal written method for division. The children will also begin a unit on fractions (including decimals and percentages).

I appreciate your continued   support to encourage your child to practise these and other aspects of maths through oral chanting and online games that can be found on my class webpage.

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. To practise their times tables at home, your child can log onto the website below. Your child has a username and password.  

Please click on image to enter the website. 

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In Science our investigations will be based around electricity. We will be developing our knowledge of voltage and investigating how it affects electrical output. This will include learning symbols of electrical components and using them in diagrams to represent our understanding of electrical circuits. Click on image below to learn all about electricity


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


RE – In R.E.we will be exploring the question, ‘Why do some people believe God exists?’  This question will enable children to learn from religious and non-religious groups about different beliefs in God. It will be an opportunity to share examples of ways in which believing in God is valuable in the lives of Christians and ways in which it can be challenging. Central to this unit is the children having the opportunity to understand and appreciate different views about beliefs and enable them to express their own thoughts.


PE - We will have both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons each week, weather permitting. Please ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit, labelled with their name, in school each week to ensure that they can participate in all P.E. lessons.


Computing – In Computing we will be using what we have learnt from creating computer games to help us become cryptographers.We will use these skills to crack codes, solve problems and debug issues that arise. In order to aid us in our success with these objectives we will be utilizing our computational thinking skills.


PSHE - In P.S.H.E we will be exploring the importance of relationships. We will look at a range of different relationships that we can expect to form with people throughout our lives - and the importance they have. Through discussions and a range of activities we will learn about how strong relationships are formed and how different people can play different roles in our lives.


Music – In Music we will be using the songs Bacharach Anorak and Meet The Blues to develop our improvising skills. We will listen to and appraise the musicality of jazz pieces, and draw inspiration from these to compose and improvise our own arrangements.


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 sent home on a Wednesday and collected in on a Monday morning. Your child will continue to have a maths and Literacy homework book and online weekly homework, as well as a reading book. We would appreciate your support to ensure that they read each night and complete all homework tasks. When your child finishes a book we will send a book review home for them to complete before they choose their next book.

  3. 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.
  4. (Outdoor PE) - Friday PM

  5. (Indoor PE) - Wednesday PM


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.