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This term we will be reading the classic text by Mary Shelley- Frankenstein

While reading this novel we will be contemplating the question - What does it mean to be human?

We will try and understand the society that created the backdrop for Shelley choosing to write a story such as this, and we will be exploring the scientific and religious questions that were being debated at the time.

  • informative text - non-chronological report, explanation
  • formal and informal text
  • poem
  • narrative
  • discursive text - argument/debate/persuasive 

All the children have reading logs and they are checked daily.  We ask that the children read at least 5x weekly, 3 of those times they should read to you and if you could sign the reading log at least once a week that would be very helpful. 

Spellings are tested once a week. I have asked the children to have a dictionary and thesaurus at home because they will need both throughout this year.  it is important that they know what each word means and that they use it in context when they write their sentences.



Miss Crouch will be teaching mathematics to year 6.

Here are some ways you could help your child at home:

Please encourage them to learn the x tables - not by reciting multiples 4,8,12,6,20,etc but by actually reciting in the traditional way - 1 x 4 = 4, 2 x 4 =8, 3 x 4 =12 etc

Play games - card games, board games, memory games, do tricky jigsaws together (it helps children look more closely at patterns and shapes

Go food shopping and ask your child to weigh fruit and vegetables, work out whether supermarket offers are actually as good as they say

Do some baking - weighing, measuring and reading scales all help. They could also solve problems about ratio by working out the recipe if the they had to make 4x the amount (for example)


The Aims

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:  

  • become fluent in the fundamentals in mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice wit increasingly complex problems over time so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.



St Jude's follows the diocesan scheme of work: God Matters

In the spring term the children will be following the units-




Holy Week

Spring term


Animals including humans.  Living things and their habitats & Evolution and Inheritance


Sculpture & Observational Drawing


Place knowledge (Europe) Locational knowledge (position and significance of northern/southern hemispheres, Arctic and Antarctic circles, GMT) 


Algorithms.  De-bugging