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              Welcome to Turtles Class

The Turtles Class is taught by Mrs Smith, supported by Mrs Baigent.

We are a mixed age class of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

We work hard in Turtles Class, but we also have lots of fun!





Mrs Smith
Mrs Baigent

Enough For Everyone

Summer Term 2020



This term the children will think about the needs of a settlement, and the needs of the planet as a whole. They will find out where resources such as power and food come from, and look at ways in which natural resources can be conserved. After discussing the idea of a carbon footprint, the children will have the chance to consider how their actions impact on others around the world, and to think about the changes that they could make to try to ensure that natural resources are shared so there is enough for everyone.



Geography KIRFS (Key Information Recall Facts)

Can the children remember these facts by the end of the unit?


  • A settlement is an area that people build communities and this is based on climate and resources including water and food supply, and the terrain - for example, woodland, grassland. 


  • Electricity is generated in many different ways and most of our energy comes from fossil fuels.


  •  Renewable energy is made from resources that nature will replace, like wind, water and sunshine. Renewable energy is also called "clean energy" or "green power"


  •  Non renewable energy sources, like coaloil, and natural gas, cannot be easily replenished.


  • Our food often travels thousands of miles before it lands on our plate and this can have a big impact on our planet creating a large carbon footprint. 


  • Reducing our carbon footprint includes: conserving energy, for example, turning off lights, reducing our use of  plastics, recycling more and using our car less.

Science KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts)

Can the children remember these facts by the end of the unit?


  • Living things can be classified (grouped) into amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and insects.


  • Each animal can be classified according to their characteristics.


  • All living things have life cycles and are in interdependent on each other.





Overview of Summer Term Learning

Ancient Egyptians Autumn Term 2020

Geography KIRFS: (Key information recall facts)

  • Egypt is in the north-east corner of Africa and is well-known for its ancient history and culture.
  • Cairo is the capital of Egypt and most of the famous pyramids are found near here, in a place called Giza.
  • The River Nile played an important role in the daily life of ancient Egyptians. It provided water, food, transportation and excellent soil for growing food.
  • Much of Egypt is covered in desert and there is very little rain.
  • The Nile is the main river that flows through Egypt.




  • The ancient Egyptian people built cities, temples, palaces and pyramids on both sides of the river.
  • Pharaohs Bodies were embalmed and buried with special possessions that would help them in the afterlife.
  • Pharaohs were the richest and most powerful kings or queens and were believed to be messengers of the gods.
  • Famous Pharaohs: Hatshepsut, Tutankhamun, Ramesses II, Cleopatra VII.
  • Ma’at: goddess of truth and justice
  • Anubis: god of embalming and the dead
  • Ra: god of the Sun

Science (Biology): Animals, including humans.


In science this half term, we will be exploring the structure of the heart & lungs. We will be finding out about the double circulation through the lungs & the rest of the body. The children will also learn more about blood! How does exercise affect pulse rate?

Why is exercise good for us? What can harm the heart & lungs?

By the end of the unit, the child will need to know…


Key Information Recall Facts

(facts you need to know by the end of the unit)


  • The heart is a muscle and pumps blood to the rest of the body.

  • blood vessels and blood

  • Describe the structure and function of the lungs. 

  • Describe the important functions of blood and recall how it: transports oxygen, nutrients and waste materials, fights against infection & helps keep the body at the right temperature.

  • Explain how exercise helps keep us and keeps our hearts healthy. Discuss the importance of a healthy balanced diet and plenty of rest too.

Please see the topic grid below for this term...

Homework for this half term is as follows (a copy is also enclosed in the homework books)





  Autumn Term

This unit of work this term is designed to take the children on an exciting journey back in time to the 19th Century England!

We will be learning about many aspects of British History during Victorian Times, including finding out answers to key questions such as:


What was it like living in the Victorian Times?

Why are the Victorians so famous?

How did Britain become the most powerful country in the world?


We will be comparing and contrasting life for rich and poor people in Victorian times compared with life today.


See our topic web for a deeper look at the content covered this term…


The children will continue to develop their mental fluency skills (times tables and arithmetic) as well as their written skills solving the four operations, with a particular emphasis on learning mastery images and models to support their learning in greater depth. The next four weeks will focus particularly on place value and number.

We will also place great emphasis on mathematics enrichment, so the children are able to understand how to problem solve, and how to apply maths concepts to other areas of the curriculum.



This term, we will continue with our 'Talk for Writing' approach, enabling the children to demonstrate their developing skills, knowledge and creativity

using the novel 'Street Child' as a stimuli. We will continue our guided reading/comprehension and also daily spelling investigations to unpick the tricky rules the children need to learn.

In addition, the children will have the opportunity to revise and learn all the grammar terms, mostly through discreet daily teaching.


Additional Information


PE is every Monday and Tuesday both inside and outside so the children need to be prepared!

Homework is set on Friday's. Here is the homework grid for this term...



Barton Hall Residential Visit

We all had a great time at Barton Hall, the pupils were a credit to the school. It was wonderful to watch everyone taking part in the activities, rising to the challenges presented to them and overcoming their fears, whether that was a fear of heights, the dark or being away from the familiarity of home.

Below are a few photos from the trip.




Barton Hall Residential June 2019

Useful Links

Active Lifestyle Survey

Children's Link


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