Years 5 & 6

At Mulgrave Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Mulgrave we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Autumn Term


Year 5 are beginning a new topic based upon the core text, Kiss the Dust. We will be learning of a heart-aching journey of a Kurdish from Iraq forced to flee her country as a refugee. We can link this story to current global migration and refugees. We will be writing diaries of a similar refugee experience, using emotive language, rhetorical questions and developing positive and negative tones to writing.



After half term, Year 5 will be using our core text of 'Kiss the Dust'  - the story of a Kurdish refugee girl - to link to the current Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and their escape to Bangladesh. We will be writing newspaper reports using direct and reported speech and exploring the use of propaganda. After this we will be writing split narratives, opposing two points of view, again linked to the crisis in Myanmar. To improve our writing we will concentrate on spellings, grammar and punctuation this term. Please encourage your child to practise spellings daily in their planners.

In Mathematics we will be learning strategies for multiplication and division, including short and long methods, chunking and grid methods to widen the ways our children can approach problems.

We will also be studying animals and humans in Science, creating refugee tents in D&T, continuing with HTML programming in Computing and exploring the geography and history of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Please click here to see our Year 5 class newsletter for the Autumn Term

Please click here to see our Year 5 homework for the Autumn Term

Autumn Term


We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that your children have had a restful few weeks, ready to begin the new academic year. This term we have some fantastic learning opportunities planned for children in Year 6 and we look forward to getting to know all pupils creating and sharing some wonderful experiences with them.


In Year 6, the children will be using Deborah Ellis’ book ‘The Breadwinner’ as their core text. They will be exploring issues dealing with gender inequality in context of Afghanistan, as well as looking at the importance of education for girls in particular in some countries around the world. We will be writing powerful, evocative journals from a character’s perspective, focusing on using language to create and alter the mood in a piece of writing. We will also be writing letters and speeches through the exploration and analysis of Malala Yousef’s speech on education at the UN. We are hoping our pupils will be able to explore their own lives in relation to others and the privileges they have compared to girls like Malala, who was shot by the Taliban for going to school.



Please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes in the evening.  This can be in the form of reading books, magazines of interest or newspapers. 


A list of expected spelling words can be found on the internet: Google Years 5&6 spelling list.  Encourage your child to familiarize themselves with the spellings of these words. They must practice their spellings daily as they need this to successfully achieve good levels in the SATs.


In Year 6, we e are beginning the term by consolidating and deepening the children’s understanding and subsequent mastery of place value, from decimals to ten million. 

When the pupils have mastered place value at a greater depth we will then move on to using the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We will also be looking at negative numbers in context, ensuring we are able to problem solve using reasoning to a higher level.

It is vital that your child knows their times tables up to x12.  They need to be fluent in their ability to recall these facts. They must also be able to use all strategies and methods for all four operations. Please make sure they do daily maths work for a minimum of an hour daily. This ensures they are ready for their learning and able to retain facts and knowledge of number throughout the year.


Please use this link to access Maths SATs revision.

Science and Topic

In Year 6 our learning in Science is based on Evolution. We will be exploring Darwin’s theory of Evolution and look at how humans, including species have evolved over time but also looking at how they may have adapted over time in order to evolve.

We will then be writing a biography of a Scientist using different sources of information.



Please click here to see our Year 6 class newsletter for the Autumn Term

Please click here to see our Year 6 homework for the Autumn Term