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Unit 4 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Year 5 & 6 Newsletter, Autumn 1

Home Learning and Supporting the Curriculum at home

We have attached a selection of Knowledge Organisers, for you to use to support your child’s learning at home. These set out clearly what we expect children to learn and remember in that subject. Please use these at home to reinforce and help embed your child’s learning.

Weekly Spelling practice: Spellings are set every Friday on Spelling Shed.

Weekly Maths with be set on Maths Shed every Friday.

Times tables should practiced at least three times a week at home.

Reading: Please read for 15 minutes every day – you can quiz at home now on Accelerated Reader.

TEAMs: A creative piece of work around natural disasters. Please upload by Monday 11th October. Further information is available on TEAMs.

Sports Day

We are delighted to invite you all to our Sports Day on Thursday 30th September. This will be our first event on our new Astro Turf sports field.  Below are the times for each age group:

Unit 4  (Years 5 & 6) - 9.00-10.30

Unit 3  (Years 3 & 4) – 10.30 – 12.00

Unit 2 (Years 1 & 2) - 12.45 – 2.00

FS  (Puffins and Penguins) – 2.00 - 3.15


We are cleaning and heating up our school pool. We will be ready to start swimming from the week commencing 13th September. 

Our swimming day is Friday.

Remember to bring your swimming costume/shorts, towels and goggles.

School Value

This half term, we are learning about Respect, and how respect for others helps build the warm, welcoming, and calm atmosphere in our school.

British Value

This half term, in our Class Assemblies, we are learning about the British Value of Democracy by electing our School Council, to help our school become a better place.

Our Curriculum

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will enjoy a long and short enquiry each half term.

Long Enquiries

A long enquiry typically lasts five weeks and allows us to teach a subject, such as history, in depth. Clear expectations of what will be learned is shared with parents and pupils through a Knowledge Organiser.  At the end of the work, we plan to use Enquiry Quizzes on our iPads to see how much each child has remembered.

Short Enquiries

A short enquiry can last anything from 1 to 3 days and adds breadth to our curriculum.

Our first Learning Enquiry this term is Geography – natural disasters, the Knowledge Organiser for this is attached. Please use it to reinforce and repeat the learning at home.

Please note that the Knowledge Organisers have been sent by email, and are also available on the Newsletters webpage.


This half term in Maths, Year 5 are exploring decimal fractions. The Year 6 children are going to be exploring calculating addition and subtraction using their knowledge of structure. All the children are going to be using concrete resources, visual images and representations to support them with their learning.


We are starting off the half term by exploring poetry through our text, ‘The Lost Words’. We are going to be writing our own poems all about nature and animals that we can see in our woodland area. In the second half of the half term, we are going to be exploring non-chronological reports through our text ‘Volcanoes’.

Dates to remember

Sports Day - Thursday 30th September

Last day before half term  - Friday 15th October

School returns after half term - Monday 1st November


Please continue to contact the school office by email or phone 01803 607075 with any questions or queries. There is also lots of useful information, as well as event dates and term dates, on our school website

School App

Our school app is the best way to get information about dates and events going on in the school. Search for ‘School News’ in your app store.

Preston Primary School Academy
Old Paignton Road

01803 607075