Mrs Dyde's Class 2020 - 2021

Mrs Dyde



Welcome to the Autumn Term 2020

Welcome back and a very warm welcome to the Autumn Term, the start of a brand new year. It is so nice to see all the children back at school, hearing the laughter and seeing the smiles, and they have adapted brilliantly to our new arrangements and routines so that we can welcome everyone back safely. 

I am so much looking forward to this year and this page is intended to help you feel involved and informed of everything we are planning to do. We will be working on both the Year 5 and Year 6 curriculum to cater for all of the children in class, and we will be working really hard. We have some really exciting learning opportunities planned for you throughout the year, different topics to look forward to and for everyone great fun which will hopefully create lasting memories. 


English - What is planned for your first adventure?                      

This term we will be looking at stories from Ancient Greek mythology which will inspire our writing using 'The Orchard Book of Greek Myths'. We will also be using other books and sources of material including video clips to bring the stories to life. 


Join us and be ready for heroics; of being lost in a maze and finding yourself face to face with a fiercesome Minotaur; from not being able to resist temptation - letting out dangerous and strange beings from a box you were given but told never to open; to fighting a monster living on the edge of the world, who could turn you to stone with just one look; or being so besotted with gold that everything you touch turns to gold, including your own daughter. Imagine that!


What else is there?

We will be linking our English to studying the Ancient Greeks in History. Exploring who they were; their Empire; their use of democracy and what impact this has had on our civilisation; the origin of the Olympics; the Battle of Marathon; the Trojan war and of course the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Our Geography ties in nicely as we are going to be investigating mountains, both in the UK and around Europe, which of course will mean us exploring Mount Olympus - the home of the Gods. And in Science our first half of the term promises to be electrifying, and then after half term it becomes darker as we explore shadows and light.                                  

Our Curriculum 

The Autumn Curriculum planner will provide you with more information on the range of exciting learning activities we have planned across all areas of the curriculum. You will be able to see a variety of ideas so please do take time to look at it. Just click on the link below

Autumn Term Curriculum Planner

Our Annual planner is also available so that you can have a look at the breadth of learning opportunities planned across the whole year. Again, just click on the link below.

Annual Curriculum Planner


Keep up to date with our weekly Learning Journey:

 Week Beginning 14th September 2020

English - We will be marking, editing and publishing our letter from Pandora to the World and then continue with the genre of letters, writing to Zeus, again as Pandora, explaining what she did and why. We will also be exploring the active and passive tense in our grammar.


Maths - Using Maths No Problem some children will be rounding numbers to the nearest millions, as well as hundred thousand, tens of thousands, thousandsm hundreds and tens. Y6 will then start exploring BODMAS and expressions as they look at the order for the four operations and then begin to multiply by 2 digits. Y5 will be exploring the four operations focusing on strategies both written and mental for adding, counting on and subtracting, counting back. 


Science - In our topic on electricity, we continue by exploring electrical diagrams and being to recognise each component within a circuit. We will label and draw circuit diagrams and identify which circuits will work and which will not.


History - After looking at sources, we will focus this week on the Greek Pottery and why this is important to Historians. We will be researching and exploring how Greek Pottery was made and by whom.


Geography - In our topic on mountains we will be discussing and locating the main mountain ranges around Europe. We will also be looking for the highest mountain in each range and search for Mount Olympus. 


Art - This week we will be using our research into Greek Pottery to create our own patterns and designs for our own Greek pots. 


Music -  In our topic on Rock and Roll we will listen to and appraise another Rock 'n' Roll song, comparing it to the song by Bon Jovi ' Livin on a Prayer' and then continue to learn to sign the song.


ICT - After completing the Star Reading test last week, our review of prior coding knowledge continues and we will look at how to animate a page which will retell a scene from a story using code.


PE- Our PE will be on a Wednesday and a Friday. We will continue to complete a range of fitness activities - looking to improve on our skills to achieve personal bests. We will also be practicing our skills and tactics in basketball, looking to keep possesion through protective dribbling.


Guided reading will begin this week in small groups within the class. The children will each have their own book and after reading be answering questions on what they have read, building on their understanding and comprehension. The children will still have the opportunity to read having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. This will be along with the myths we will be exploring in our English and History topic. 


Homework - Beginning the week of 14th September

A picture containing clipartDescription generated with high confidenceThis will be sent home every week on a Friday but is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. It can be found outlined on our Brain Builder and will be added to our class page weekly. It will consist of spellings and times tables to learn (for a test on the following Wednesday); Maths (set online using MyMaths or Purple Mash), Grammar skills - to be completed in the book sent home and online comprehension using Bedrock Learning.  If your child is experiencing difficulty in accessing online homework then please do let me know. 

Please click on the pencil which will link to our Brain Builder for your homework next week.

Reading Record Diaries

Following on from last year our new reading record diaries will soon be sent home and it would be lovely if you could encourage your child to read at home at least 4 times a week. In Year 5 and Year 6 we are encouraging the children to be more independent and record their own reading, however we would like you to sign or comment in your child's reading diary at the end of the week so we knowthat this is happening -  this is greatly appreciated. 


PE and PPA

This half term we will be having PE on a Wednesday with Mr Bundy and a Friday with myself so please remember, at the moment, to come to school in your correct PE kit. (Our PE kit is a yellow t-shirt with the school logo, black shorts and trainers; if it is cold, black track suits are allowed, or long sleeved tops in school colours. There are black joggers and black jumpers available with our logo on). During PPA the children will also be having French and Music with Mrs Riley.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school every day and that it is clearly identifiable. The children can currently bring two water bottles to ensure that they have access to sufficient refreshment during the day.


Please make sure your child only brings in what is necessary for school as we begin to adapt to new routines and procedures. The children should store their pencil cases in their tray, and preferably should be ones which can be wiped clean. They will need to bring in their reading diary and reading book daily; lunch boxes if required and water bottles. All of these will be returned home each day and where possible should be cleaned before coming back to school the following day.

If you have any questions relating to any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be contacted through the school office using the email address below or by phone. I will then endeavour to reply within 48 hours.

Meanwhile please do make use of the website links and other information below.

Dates for your diary  

Y6 Sat's Evening              29th September 

Y6 Parents Evening  TBC Week Commencing 5th October

Y5 Parents Evening  TBC Week Commencing 9th November








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