Year 5/6

Welcome to Year 5/6 at Cambois Primary School.
We are taught by Mr. Longstaff, Miss. Todd and Mr. Sawyer.
Each day we start our mornings with some TTRS practise before some mindful"tapping" therapy to setus up for our day. Our mornings are spent linking knowledge and themes in guided reading, spelling, Literacy and maths. In the afternoons we develop creativity alongside our curriculum through a range of exciting topics. This term we have focused on 'Britain at War' - looking at the impact of both World Wars in the 20th Century. We have enjoyed visits out of school in our local area and further afield as well as an informative visit by the Durham Light Infantry who let us handle artefacts from WW1. This term we have studied;
Autumn 2023
Science: Animals including humans and Evolution & Inheritance
       Geography/History: Britain at War
DT: Make do and Mend
Art: Abstraction & Distortion/Bees, Bugs and Butterflies
French: Pronunciation/French Cafe
PE: Dance and Gymnastics
Computing: Internet and Data
RE: What does it mean to be 'good' to Hindus? 
PSHE: 'Being me in my world' and 'Celebrating differences'
Dates and Reminders
PE days are on a Tuesday and Thursday - please come to school in a Cambois PE kit.
Children need to record their home-school reading activity in their reading record or on BoomReader - their BoomReader code is in the front of their reading record. This is checked weekly.
Home-learning is published on SeeSaw every Friday and is to be completed by the following Monday. It is a list of 10 spellings that have been taught during the week for children to practise one final time at home.
Reverend Iain from St.Andrew's church in Cambois leads singing and shared worship on a Tuesday afternoon.
We celebrate achievements in Friday's assembly. Staff pick out children who have shown imaginative, inquisitive, persistent, collaborative or disciplined learning behaviours for pupil of the week. Writer of the week is awarded to a child who is showing excellent attitudes towards writing. One child is invited to have hot chocolate with Mrs. Allen and we also have awards for play-person and footballer of the week. If you have achieved anything outside of school that you would like to share; please bring in your trophies, badges and certificates.


In the first half of the Autumn Term, Year 5 spent Wednesday mornings surfing on the sea at South Shields. It was amazing. We developed incredible resilience, battling the weather to not only get on our surf boards, but to confidently move on them too. The collaborative working and persistence on show was outstanding!
At the end of our study on WW1, a member of staff from the Durham Light Infantry brought in resources for us to research soldiers who fought in WW1. We were also able to hold artefacts from this period of history. These skills helped us to research the names of the soldiers on the Cambois War memorial and we are able to find out some information about their lives - some of those men may have even attended our school when they were young.
We were lucky enough to be funded a trip to the Centre4Life in Newcastle for a 'Space Explorer's programme. Year 5/6 thoroughly enjoyed exploring the science resources, visiting the planetarium and conducting science experiments.
Cycling Proficiency
During a chilly week at the end of November, the children of Year 5/6 braved the elements to complete Levels 2 and 3 of their cycling proficiency qualification. Unfortunately, due to the snow and ice, the final day had to be cancelled! This will be rearranged so the children can complete their qualification and gain their certificate.
Our aims are to keep these essential skills alive and take the children further afield in the Spring and Summer term.
This term we have explored the texts; 'War Horse' and 'Goodnight Mr. Tom'. The children thoroughly enjoyed these texts; Amelia discovered there is a sequel to War Horse where the main character Albert tells stories of his experiences to his grandchildren; Logan discovered a range of texts by Michael Morpurgo in our library and organised them into themes; Macauley found a copy of War Horse at his local church fete along with similar texts which he bought for his reading collection at home.
We used these texts to support our writing in class and explored the genres of letter writing, settings description, character dialogue, newspaper reports and explanation texts.
We have completed place value , four operations and fractions in maths so far this term. We really enjoy taking our maths lessons to hall for 'active maths'! Some of our parents joined for us for an exciting active maths lesson where we developed our understanding of the order of operations and BODMAS.
Active maths lessons also helped us to understand the shifting place value changes as we multiplied and divided by 10, 100 and 1,000.
We have enjoyed a very rich Scientfic currciulum this term through our curriculum aims of 'Living things including Humans', 'Evolution and Inheritance' and an additional focus on space exploration through our funded visit to the Centre4Life.