Year 5/6

Year 5

Chestnut Class

Mrs Willson

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite subject: Art because I love being creative and Maths as I love being challenged.

Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling.

Best holiday: San Francisco, LA and Las Vegas as we were able to see so many different things such as the Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate bridge.

Interesting fact: I have travelled to 4 continents so far and would love to go to Australia.

Ms Southall

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite subject: History because it teaches me about the past and how this relates to now.

Favourite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Best holiday: Staying with my dad in the sunshine in France.

Interesting fact: I used to be a drum major in a marching band.


Oak Class

Mr Schofield

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite subject: PE

Favourite book: Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart

Best holiday: USA

Interesting fact: I used to swim for Loughborough Town and I am the leading scorer for my football team.

Year 6

Pear Class

Mrs Charlesworth

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite subject: English

Favourite book: War Horse

Best holiday: Paris

Interesting fact: I have swam in a lake with snakes.

Mrs Tait

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite subject: Art and English

Favourite book: Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Best holiday: Borneo because I got to see orangutans in the wild.

Interesting fact: I have done two sky dives and I have two cats called Bert and Ernie.

Willow Class

Mrs de Gilbert

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite subject: English because I love reading amazing stories and then trying to write my own.

Favourite book: The Raging Quiet

Best holiday: New Orleans because I was able to eat great food and listen to lots of jazz music.

Interesting fact: I have fed a tiger and swam with a shark

Year 5 and 6 Teaching Assistants 

Mr Huskinson

Miss Lawson

Our World

Where in the world would you want to live and why?


At the Carlton Junior Academy, we teach a ‘topic-based curriculum’ and most subjects are taught in a cross-curricular fashion. Teaching in this way creates a more meaningful learning experience for the children as they can apply the knowledge and skills learnt in one subject to others.

Our English lessons are linked to our ‘Our World’ topic. Each class will be reading ’Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird as their Power of Reading book. The children will produce a range of exciting writing such as: newspapers and diaries. Any reading at home or school should be recorded in their personal organisers and we ask that you share a book with your child each evening for at least ten minutes. We will continue with the ‘Bookworm Challenge’ awards. Please encourage your child to take care of their book and return it to school when finished.

Spellings will continue to be given out on Mondays and the spelling test will be on Fridays. Spellings will be taught daily and will focus on a specific sound/pattern/rule. Every term, a whole school ‘Spelling Bee’ will take place involving learning the spellings from the National Curriculum’s statutory lists.

Our Maths lessons this term include the following topics: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions, decimals and percentages. The whole school is also continuing to focus on times tables, number skills and fluency. The children will be using the fantastic website ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ to improve their rapid recall of times tables and division facts. They can also access this at home using their individual login details.

This term, our Science topics will be ‘Separating Materials’ and ‘The Circulatory System’. The children will investigate solutions and mixtures and look at how to separate different materials using different apparatus. We will also be learning about the importance of the circulatory system and the functions of the heart, blood vessels and lungs.

As part of the topic, the pupils will be learning about some of the world’s countries and their continents. Within the continents, we will be comparing the physical and human geography of different regions. We will be answering the question “where in the world would you live if you could?”

This term in Year 5/6 PE, we will completing units of work in gymnastics, hockey and multiskills. Also, in Year 5, ‘Notts County’ coaches will be coming into school to deliver the ‘Move and Learn’ scheme in which children learn about the links between healthy eating and physical activity. Mrs Phillips will continue to take Year 6 pupils swimming, Mrs Sills will continue to teach Dance with Willow and Oak class and Mr Cannon will be working with Oak and Chestnut classes.

During this term, we will be learning about ‘Beliefs and Questions’. The children will explore Hindu and Islamic creation stories and consider the question: “do we have a responsibility for taking care of earth?” We will then look at ‘Inspirational People in the World Today’ with a focus on Greta Thunberg and her work on environmentalism. This links to the British Value of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those
without faith.

This term, Year 5 pupils will take part in French lessons with Mrs Farida Hill from The Carlton Academy. During these sessions, pupils will have the opportunity to learn common French phrases, colours and the alphabet.

PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education)
Within the Spring term, we will explore the topic ‘Dreams and Goals’. This aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. We will also be exploring the topic – ‘Healthy Me’. This covers two main areas of health: Emotional Health (relaxation, mental health skills, body image, managing stress etc.) and Physical Health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, keeping clean etc.) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.

In the first half term, we will be exploring ‘Programming’ – Year 6 will be focusing on ‘HTML’ and Year 5 will be using ‘Scratch’. In the second half term, we will be using a ‘layers tool’ in graphics software to create a complex design with several graphical elements.

Art and D.T.
In Art, we will be looking at art from around the world including aboriginal art. We will also be looking at African artist, Joseph Thiongo and his depiction of African animals. We will once again be participating in the TCA family of schools art exhibition. This year’s theme is ‘We can be Heroes’.

Homework continues to be given out on a Tuesday. Maths is given out every Tuesday and the children have one week to complete it. Maths homework is always linked to the topic studied that week in class or the curricular targets. Whole School Homework this term is going to be linked to a specific theme for example ‘Diversity’ or ‘World Book Day’.

Educational Visits & Other Curricular events in the Spring Term
In the Spring term, our Year 6 pupils will begin their booster sessions – in preparation for the End of Key Stage 2 Assessments. There will also be a DARE graduation on Wednesday 22nd January at 9am and parents are welcome to join us for this celebration. Pintsize Theatre will be in school on Tuesday, 11th February to perform online safety themed workshops called ‘Abigail’s Story’ to our Year 6 pupils. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come in and see one of us. Thank you for your continued support.

Here are some links of websites enabling your child to research and further understand the topic:

Thank you for your continued support

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