Mrs Dyde's Class 2020 - 2021

Mrs Dyde




Welcome back! (Nearly)

It will be so nice to see you all in class soon.

Welcome back everyone and to what is left of our Spring Term. I am really looking forward to welcoming back everyone to class, seeing you all and your smiling faces. You did remarkably well before Christmas in adapting to the new routines in place. These will continue to remain in place, alongside other measures which we hope will reassure you.  

During the National Lockdown as you know we altered the book topic, however we are aiming to return to our topic of Rainforests and the book 'Journey to the River Sea. This page is intended to help you feel involved and informed of everything we now plan to do. We continue 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. There are some really exciting learning opportunities planned for everyone throughout this term; different topics to look forward to and great fun which will hopefully create more long-lasting memories as we enter 2021. 


English - What is planned for the next adventure?                      

Once we have completed our work on The Flood, this term and into the Summer we will be reading and listening to a marvellous, unforgettable story; one of adventure, discovery, friendship and freedom. We will be reading 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson.


Joining the adventure we meet Maia, who is an orphan, who finds she has distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines spending her time with a loving family and having great adventures with them but the reality is very different. The Amazon though still provides many wonders, amongst which there is a boy who lives alone on the wild river shores; she befriends him and shares a spectacular journey into the heart of the Amazon with him.


What else is there?

We will be linking our English to studying the Rainforests in Geography, exploring where they are; where the Amazon is; the life found in an Amazonian Rainforest including both the animals within the layers of the forest and those who live there; this will also lead us to explore the different climate and climatic zones around the world.

In Science once we have completed our Evolution topic, we will be looking at living things in their habitats with a particular focus on animals found in the rainforest, their adaptations and classifications.

Our Art we also be closely linked to the book, Journey to the River Sea, and will involve exploring the work of Henri Rousseau and his jungle pictures which will provide inspiration for our own multi-media work. We will also be drawing animals, looking at shape, form and tone, and even create our own beautiful butterflies.            


Our Spring Curriculum 

The Spring Curriculum planner will provide you with much more information on the range of exciting learning activities planned across all areas of the curriculum many of which now will cross over into the Summer term. You will be able to see which areas we have already covered, having adapted the curriculum and which areas we are going to be covering using our Annual planner. Click on the links below.

Spring Term Curriculum Planner

Our Annual planner is also still 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 8th March 2021



We will continue to use 'Spelling Shed' and see who is top of our league, learning their spellings set.


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We will also be continuing with our journey on TTRS - the times that the children are achieving are truly amazing and we are certainly setting a high standard for the rest of the school to follow. Well done to all the children for working so hard to improve their recall.


Science - In Science we will explore . 




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ICT - We will begin by exploring databases this term. This week we will be exploring how to search for information in different ways and be able to answer questions correctly. 


PE- Our PE continues to be on a Wednesday and a Friday. We will look at both the individual and different skills used for different sports. This half term the focus is on football and hockey skills.


Guided reading continues in small groups within the class.

The children also have their own book and after completion answer questions on what they have read, building on their understanding and comprehension. The children still have the opportunity to read at least twice a week having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. They are also encouraged to read a shorter, 'picture book,' one on which they can then can complete a reading quiz to assist with their comprehensive skills. 



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 timestables, both of which are tested on Friday. Maths is set online using MyMaths or Purple Mash; Grammar skills can be completed in the book sent home and there is an online comprehension set 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 

Reading Record Diaries

Please continue to 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 in their reading diaries, however we would like you to sign or comment in your child's diary at the end of the week so we know that this is happening -  this is greatly appreciated. 


PE and PPA

This half term we will be having PE on a Wednesday and a Friday so please remember, 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.

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 follow the new routines and procedures in place. 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.

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