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Year 5/6

Mrs Drury

Mrs Rhodes


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Welcome to our class page where you can find information about our classroom routines, current learning and some recommended websites and information to help!

Hello Elder!

Hello Elder class! My name is Mrs Drury and I will be your teacher this year. I have taught at The Pines since 2009 with a few short breaks in the middle to travel around America, New Zealand and Australia and welcome my two sons to my family. 

I have always loved to learn and thoroughly enjoyed my time at primary and secondary school in Bracknell and then at the University of Southampton. I studied History and so have a particular passion for this, along with Mathematics, Science and reading!

There is nothing better for me than spending time with my friends and family, whether this be out and about in the fresh air or watching our favourite movie (Disney of course!) or enjoying a delicious meal. I am looking forward to learning more about all your talents and passions this year!

Star Work of the Week

This week we have read the novel 'The Kites Are Flying!' by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the story of a reporter, Max and Said, a boy who lives in the West Bank in Israel. 

Elder discussed the novel in such a mature manner and with an empathy towards the characters and the conflict they find themselves in.

Our 'Star of the Week' this week has shown their great skill in our curriculum driver of 'Language and Oracy' and not only really enjoyed the novel but shared fascinating thoughts, predictions and questions.

Well done Hadley!              


Classroom Routines

At the beginning of the day, the school gates open at 8:40am.

Our classroom door is located on the playground and you will enter by your pegs or lockers.

You will also finish the school day through this door at 3:10pm.


Our PE day is Monday and so please come ready in your PE kit. 

Current Learning

This term our learning will focus on answering our big question:

'How does war impact the lives of children?'

Our Topic Overview provides full details of 'A Child's War' and the Knowledge Organiser shares key vocabulary and information that will aid in understanding our learning.


To begin our term, we will be focusing on:


READING - Our new class novel 'Pig Heart Boy' and through other extracts we will European countries and diaries.


WRITING - Recounts in the form of diary entries.


GEOGRAPHY - Locating the countries (particularly European) who were involved in both world wars.


HISTORY - Understanding the chronology of the world wars.


PSHE - Families and Friendships - Managing friendships and peer influence


COMPUTING - Computer Systems and Network - Sharing information.


FRENCH - Les Fruits


MUSIC - 'Livin' On A Prayer' - Playing and performing in solo and ensemble contexts, using voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.


Artists of the week: Alanis Morissette and The Beach Boys.

Recommended Websites:


We love reading here at The Pines and look forward to hearing all about what they have read each day! We will ensure in the first week that children have chosen a reading book to share with you at home. It is extremely important to be a part of your child's reading journey, even when they being very confident in their fluency and understanding. You can find some tips below to help with reading with an older child.         


Tips for Reading with Older Children