Highfield Primary School

Consideration Aspiration Responsibility Enjoyment

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA


0161 748 6096

 Welcome to Class 9's Web Page

Mr Taylor and Miss Rowe

Happy New Year, we hope you had a lovely break. This newsletter is an overview of the teaching and learning for children in Years 5 & 6. Please visit the school website for further information.






 READING: Within reading lessons we will finish reading our class text ' Time Travelling with a Hamster', by Ross Welford. We will be focusing on vocabulary development, retrieval and summarising techniques, as well as developing inference skills; including justifying answers with evidence from the text. 

 WRITING: We will be writing setting descriptions and explanatory texts, inspired by the World of Pandora from the film Avatar. 


SPaG: Within grammar lessons the children will be learning the difference between the active and passive voice, as well as a focus on prefixes and suffixes.


We will be completing work on fractions, decimals and percentages. Each mathematical topic is introduced with a focus on fluency; this is then applied to problem-solving and reasoning activities. Year 6 will be introduced to algebra and ratio.

Times tables are an important link to all our work and the children should be practising them as often as possible. Your child can access Times Tables Rockstars, with their personal login to help support this.



In Science our topic is earth, space and magnetism. The children will develop an understanding of the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system. We will then create a model of the solar system to deepen understanding. We will be learning about the movement of the moon, relative to the Earth and then use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night , as well the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



In R.E. we will be exploring the question, ‘Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?’  The children will describe and make connections between examples of religious creativity (buildings and art). They will then explore why some buildings are sacred and why some believers see generosity and charity as more important than buildings and art.


In P.S.H.E we will be exploring the question, ‘How can I keep myself safe?’ We will be discussing feelings about staying safe in the local environment – including road, fire, water and rail safety. We will then explore peer pressure and how to respond safely. This will then lead into safety on the internet as well as recognising the importance of keeping personal information/details safe.


Our theme lessons this half term will have a Geography focus, looking at our local area. The children will learn how to identify a range of physical and topographical features; comparing these to contrasting geographical settings around the world.


In Computing  we will be learning how to become market researchers. The children will be researching the app market and work collaboratively, creating and conducting a survey. They will then analyse and interpret the findings and present their research to the class.


We are extremely fortunate to once again have Miss Tayar, a French Foreign Language Assistant, who will continue delivering weekly French lessons this half term. We will be reinforcing numbers, days of the week and months of the year as well as introducing aspects of reading within lessons. We will be focusing on using adverbials of place, conjunctions and adjectives to enhance sentences.


Every week we have both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons. n Class 9, our outdoor P.E. lessons are Monday afternoon, and indoor sessions are on a Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting.

Please ensure that your child has a full labelled P.E. kit in school each week to ensure that they can participate in all P.E. lessons.

Every fortnight, the children spend time outdoors for ‘Woodland Wednesday’. As the weather gets colder, please ensure that your child has suitable clothing and footwear in school on the correct days.

This half term, Class 9's Woodland Wednesdays are timetabled for the following dates: 



Homework will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday and collected in on a Monday morning. The children are working hard each week on homework tasks; thank you for your support.

A new set of spelling words are set each Friday in preparation for a spelling test the following Friday. The spelling words link directly to the activities on Spelling Shed, which your child can access using their personal login.


Contact Us

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 748 6096