St Mary's Church of England (Aided) Primary School

Year 5/6

Welcome to Year 5/6 - 2023-2024

Holly Class - Ms Hollander

Maple Class - Mrs Pike

Teaching assistants - Mrs Jordan and Mrs Harrison

PGL 2023

Shakespeare Rocks!

Festive solar system workshop - run by the National Space Laboratory

In the last few weeks we've enjoyed a range of enriching activities, including the Year 6 residential trip to PGL, a street dance lesson, a trip to Farm Ed and the Chipping Norton Pantomime! Thanks very much to parents for all your financial contributions and support with these activities.

PGL 2022

Big Science final 2022

Summer Term 2022

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break - it was fantastic seeing many of you at the church service at the end of last term, and being able to worship and celebrate together was so lovely after being impossible for so long. (Year 5/6 also enjoyed the subsequent egg rolling - thank you for sending in so many wonderfully decorated eggs!)


This term is always a very busy one for our department, particularly our Year 6 children! In English we are reading "Holes", by Louis Sachar, in science our topic is "Electricity" and in DT we are aiming to make electronic greetings cards. Our big RE question is "Can we know what God is like?" and we will be focussing on a wide range of geographical knowledge and skills in our humanities work. 


Year 5 Farm Ed trip


Happy New Year and hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.


This term we are looking forward to finding out all about The Maya as our history topic. In science we continue our study of properties and changes of materials, with work on separating, filtering, dissolving, and reversible and irreversible change. In RE the Big question is "Do clothes express belief?" and in computing we will cover coding and an introduction to using Python. Our art lessons focus on still life and sketching skills and the brass, clarinet and strings groups will continue with the visiting teachers from the Oxfordshire Music Service.


As swimming lessons have now finished, we will be having two PE lessons a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as making use of our track and outdoor gym equipment on other days  to encourage children to meet the daily target of 60 mins exercise (we have sent home activity diaries for children to fill in weekly and appreciate any support carers can give with this)

"World Book Day 2022" - Gangster Granny visited our whole school assembly

Year 5/6 carol service song "Oh Holy Night"


Holly class - Ms Hollander

Willow class - Ms Smales (Tues-Fri)  & Miss Thorsby (Thurs)

Maple class - Mrs Pike (Mon-Thurs) & Miss Thorsby (Fri)

Intervention teacher - Mrs Bray

Teaching assistants: Mr Thorne, Miss Finch, Mr Buzzard,

                                    Mrs Gibson and Mrs Brooks


We've had a lovely start to term in Year 5/6 and have really enjoyed getting to know each other. Our topic is World War Two and we have been reading the book "Letters from the Lighthouse" in class, which has given us a good idea about the early years of the war, the Blitz and evacuation. In Science we are studying forces, in computing the history of Bletchley Park and its importance during the war and in PHSE we are focussing on wellbeing. Our big question in RE is "Are the saints encouraging role models?" In PE there is a rotation of activities this term of football, hockey and fitness, in addition to the weekly swimming lessons.



Monday pm - swimming for Holly and Maple classes

Tuesday pm - swimming for Willow class


Tuesday pm - whole class music lessons with visiting teachers from the Oxfordshire Music Service  (Year 6 - brass/clarinets and Year 5 - strings)


Friday pm - PE lessons for all - please ensure your child brings their correct PE kit (school tops can be ordered online)


Mondays  - after-school hockey club with Mrs Pike 3-4.10pm







World war two recipes


Whilst most of Year 6 were being very busy at PGL, the rest of Year 5/6 have had a fun week exploring other aspects of World War Two. We created Blitz pictures, visited the Chipping Norton Museum to find out about how the war affected our town and tried out some rationing recipes. We made carrot cookies, Woolton pie and wholemeal bread rolls. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the food proved surprisingly popular too! The recipes are included here as so many children asked for them so they could recreate the recipes at home.

WW2 cooking


On Thursday 21st October Year 5/6 took part in an evacuation experience at Winchcombe station. The children really impressed us with all their learning about this topic so far, and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. Here is a selection of photos, and more will follow soon. Many thanks to parents and carers for their voluntary contributions and effort providing costumes!

Winchcombe 2021