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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 all been amazing at the focus we put into writing our newspaper reports about fairy tales!

We also looked at the artist Cheryl Sorg and were inspired by her fingerprints. There were many amazing prints this week, but Grace's stood out for how clear her patterns were.

Well done Grace!


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 days are Monday and Friday and so please come ready in your PE kit. 

We are currently working on a rotation and so PE may not always be taught on the same day as other classes.

Current Learning

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

'Why should we visit Greece?'

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


This half term, we will be focusing on:


READING - Our class novel 'Can You See Me?'


WRITINGWe are using a small video clip from the film Avatar to inspire our writing over the next few weeks.  We will be writing non-chronological reports and narratives.


MATHS - We are using this week to consolidate our learning so far and in the remaining weeks will continue to look at decimals, measurements (including time) and problem solving.


SCIENCE: We will be concluding our learning about 'Living Things and Their Habitats' where we have learnt about classification and Carl Linneaus and will move on to study 'Evolution and Inheritance' looking at the theories of Charles Darwin and how both animals and humans grow and evolve.


GEOGRAPHY/HISTORY - After looking at the geographical side of Greece, we have moved are focus onto the history and the Ancient Greek civilisation.  We will find out why they were so successful and how they have impacted our lives today.  


PSHE - We are focusing this half term on 'Keeping Safe' and 'Growing and Changes.' This will explore what happens as we start to get older, along with discussing all the changes that happen to ourselves and in life in the last years of primary school. We will be exploring our health, both physical and mental, and learning about strategies to help keep these both healthy.


COMPUTING - We will be finishing our own adventure stories using animation software, along with learning to programme using special 'Crumbles' kits with sensors and movement.


FRENCH - La Famille


PE - Athletics

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