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St James'

Church of England Primary Academy

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The summer holidays have zoomed past and we hope you have all had lots of fun and are well rested.  We would like to welcome you all to Upper Key Stage 2 and cannot wait to work with you all and get to know you as you settle in to Year 5 and 6.

This year we have lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us, starting with a visit to Wingham Wildlife Park for Dolphin Class and two terms of swimming for Stingray Class.

Our first topic this year is ‘The Shang Dynasty’, where we will be looking at when and where the Shang Dynasty was in existence as well as using archaeological evidence to draw conclusions about what life was like during this era. We will also look at some of the religious beliefs and practices of different people living at this time.  

This term, our English work will be based around the text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’.  Using this text, we will be performing a piece of poetry, learning about the features of a recipe, which will be reflected in our own recipe, producing descriptive writing and using this skill when writing our own adventure stories. A very busy term!

During Maths, both classes will start with place value, before moving on to addition and subtraction.

On top of all of this, we will be very busy in other areas of the curriculum too. During our DT sessions we will be designing and making packaging for fireworks. During Music, we will be learning how to play the steel drum. In Computing we will be working on Excel and in French we will be revising greetings, feelings and colours.

We look forward to meeting you all properly soon and we are sure you will hear from the children all about their learning and what they have been up to in the classroom each week.


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