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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Welcome to Class 8!


'How could we stop London Bridge from falling down?'


Having studied the formation of rivers and their different parts, as well as researching famous rivers around the world, we will now look more in depth at the impact of rivers on their locality. We will also discover the natural function of rivers and learn to recognise their various features.


Theme homework- Choose from one of the following options and return to school by Wednesday 3rd July

  • Design a table which gives information about five different rivers. Think carefully about what headings you choose. Could you represent any of this information in a graph?
  • Choose an animal or fish that lives in a British river habitat and compare it to an animal or fish that lives in a river habitat from a different country (eg. the Nile or Amazon). How have these different species evolved to suit their habitats over time?
  • Design a poster to portray the causes and effects of river pollution. Aim to persuade the reader to help combat the pollution problem.



In Literacy we will be writing for a range of purposes – covering different genres. This will begin with narrative work, using video clips as a stimulus, leading to writing letters of complaint! The children will then carry out some research, enabling them to write non-chronological reports. We will be focusing on using a wide range of punctuation as well as adding dialogue to our writing to advance the action of the characters and plot. We will also complete our class text, Holes.

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


Within maths lessons we will be applying fluency skills to solve problems and complete reasoning activities. The children will work collaboratively on a range of maths puzzles, further embedding their knowledge. We will then carry out some data handling tasks and present information in a range of different ways.

Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic online resource that is used in school, and can also be used at home, to support your child’s rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.  Please remember that all children should know their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We appreciate your continued support to encourage your child to practise these.  


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


RE – What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

PE – Athletics and Field Games

Computing – We are web developers

Music – Reflect, Rewind and Replay

PSHE – Influences

Science – Living things and their habitats


Key dates

  • Wednesday 19thJune – Sports Day
  • Saturday 29thJune – Summer Fair
  • Thursday 11thJuly - Year 6 Production
  • Monday 15thJuly – Wednesday 18th July: Robinwood residential (Year 6)
  • Wednesday 24thJuly – Year 6 Leavers assembly 2pm
  • Wednesday 24thJuly – school closes

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.


Theme Homework – One activity per half term


In a recent parent and pupil questionnaire both parents and pupils expressed an overall preference for the homework book format for homework. However, most responses noted that online activities were enjoyable and provided an alternative learning style. Please find below a list of suggested links for your child to use:


Maths Links

Times Tables

Teaching Times Tables

Place Value


Mental Maths Challenges




Literacy Links





Prefixes and Suffixes


Things to remember! 


Bring reading book/bag into school everyday.


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.


 Thank you in advance for all of your support at home with reading and homework. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!