Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”




Spruce - year 5/6

Welcome to the class page for Year 5/6 Spruce.  

This class page will be updated throughout the school year with pictures, news, curriculum information and external links to useful documents and activities.  

We hope it gives you an insight into life in our class! 





Breaking News! - Spruce - 21st September 2017

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Today, we used the Ipads to investigate the latest devastating hurricanes - Harvey and Irma - to hit America. In order to gather evidence to form our news programmes, we read news articles, weather predictions and even scientific reports. We realised that the destruction has cost the country billions of dollars and many residents haven’t only lost their homes, but also family members. In the role of news reader, meteorologists, eyewitnesses and emergency services members, we recorded our very own informative news reels for the BBC.

Created: 22 Sep 17 13:25 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 13:26

Drama on board! - Spruce - 20th September 2017

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Having reached a dramatic point in ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ this week, we decided to form predictions for what happens next based on our reading so far. Using drama, we worked alongside Fir Class to create realistic and sensible predictions for the aftermath of Michael and Stella’s accident. Having been washed overboard, some of us predicted that his parents would save him, others imagined him landing alone on an island and being captured by Kensuke and angry villagers.

Created: 22 Sep 17 13:22 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 13:23



In addition to the weekly spelling and times tables practise teachers will be sending home this year, we have introduced a more creative and fun approach to home learning. Based on the topics your child will be exploring in class, we have included activities from across the curriculum subjects.

During the half term, we expect each child to earn a minimum of 60 points from their homework options. Obviously, if they’d like to complete more, we’d love to see this too! Those pupils who complete individual tasks will be invited to share their creations and research to the class on a Friday afternoon.

Autumn Term 1  Japan and their Natural Disasters

50 points

Take a sushi selfie

Email school or bring in a photo of you trying out some Japanese Sushi and write a mini review to describe the experience.

30 points

Create a model Shinto

Using any medium (junk modelling, lego, clay, etc) and your D&T skills to recreate a Japanese shrine.

20 points

Teach yourself Japanese

Can you learn to count to 10, say “hello” and “goodbye”, “please” and “thank you” as well as “My name is….”?

20 points

Watch a natural disaster video

Volcanoes. Tsunamis. There are so many horrific environmental disasters in the world. Can you write a diary to explain what it may feel like during that disaster?

20 points

Sing along to your favourite song

The Japanese invented karaoke, so why not film yourself (friends or family) attempting to sing along to your favourite band?

20 points

Teach yourself the art of Manga

Can you draw a self portrait in the Japanese anime style of Manga?

10 points

Make an origami model

Using the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, can you create an animal? A peace crane?

10 points

Complete a Sudoku puzzle

Develop your problem solving reasoning by attempting to finish a Sudoku problem in less than 5 minutes

10 points

Research the Samurai Warriors

Using books and the internet, what can you find out about a Samurai Warrior? Can you create a fact-file?

10 points

Design a new Nintendo character

Japan is the home of Super Mario and friends, can you create a new character for Nintendo’s newest game?

Spruce Class News

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on in our class.  Whole school news can be found by clicking on the below links.

School News   Diary Listing  Thorney Times   Notices

21.9.17 - Be Good to Your Brain!

Linked to our work on Growth Mindset and staying positive even when we face a challenge, we explored the importance of looking after our brains. As well as investigating why zombies love to eat brains so much (it’s definitely not for the taste), we made our own brain hats. We also created a list of ways to keep our brains healthy and ready to learn.

Here are some of them:

  • Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods. They contain potassium and calcium, two minerals that are important for the nervous system and keep our brains hydrated.
  • Get a lot of outdoor playtime (exercise) to ensure we stay fit.
  • Wear a helmet when you ride your bike or play other sports that require head protection.
  • Don't drink alcohol, take drugs, or smoke to ensure we stay healthy.
  • Use your brain by doing challenging activities, such as puzzles, reading, playing music, making art, or anything else that gives your brain a workout!

18.9.17 - Growth Mindset

To begin what can be quite a challenging year in primary school, Spruce class explored the importance of a positive mindset. Working together we realised that our motivation and determination to succeed is linked really closely to our own confidence and fear of making mistakes. 

We noticed that those who have a fixed mindset often say, "I give up!" or "I can't do this!". A person may make a mistake and choose not to work on it; they may just do the bare minimum and not put in that extra 10% to improve.  As a class, we didn't want to have a fixed mindset. 

Working together we came up with phrases we could support ourselves, or a friend, with if we ever felt unmotivated. We identified that taking risks, practising and working on our mistakes would help us to stay positive and improve. 

If you'd like to know more about the growth mindset, CBeebies have a great website to support parents and children alike (

 And remember, "Mistakes are proof we are trying!" 

Spruce Class Letters

Below you will find letters that have been distributed to our class. All downloadable material will be offered in PDF format for easy reading and printing. However, if you do not have access to a printer and require an additional letter then please do not hesitate to request a copy at the main school office. Whole school letters can be found by clicking on the below links.

Thorney Times Whole School Letters Educational Visit Letters

 Autumn Term 1 Homework


Click on the curriculum icon below to view the curriculum topics for the current school year. 


Year 5 and Year 6 Spelling List

Year 5 Writing Checklist

Year 6 Writing Checklist


At Thorney Close Primary School, we value the support of parents in enabling their children to become fluent readers, who read for pleasure and enjoyment. Please click on the guidelines below for an overview on how you can support your child at home to ensure they make the maximum progress.

Key Stage 2 Reading Guidelines


Thorney Close Primary School Calculation Policy


At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

These tests will be both set and marked externally and your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment and progress. .

SATs for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 14th May and Thursday 17th May 2018

The Reading test will be a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

There will be a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’

Children will sit three papers in Maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

Writing - this will be teacher assessed throughout the year and reported at the end of year 6.

Useful Links and Documents

Below you will find links to useful documents, resources, online games and activities.

  Sumdog Maths for Year 6 Maths for Year 6 English for Year 5 English for Year 6

Letter-join  Letter-join is an on-line resource for teaching cursive handwriting at school and at home. It uses interactive animations to demonstrate joined-up letter formation and hundreds of worksheets for real handwriting practice.