Cypress Tree Class 2023 - 2024

Welcome to Cypress Tree Class

Year 5 and Year 6

Class Teacher: Mrs Fairman

Our Learning:

The Way, The Truth and The Life

Our topic for this half term is 'Jesus, the Messiah'. 

In this unit, the children will learn that the miracles Jesus performed led many to believe that Jesus was God’s Son. They will reflect on the reactions of people to the miracles and come to know that opposition to Jesus’ actions led to his arrest. In the new edition, children will focus on the identity of Jesus and the concept of Messiah as well as the opposition to Jesus. 

Was Christ the Messiah? Christians and Jews Disagree -

English - Reading

Daily reading is a key priority in primary school and we actively encourage children to read as much as possible at home to help further develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Every child will be able to bring home a banded reading book from school. These will be assigned to children by their class teacher following a short reading assessment. These can be changed regularly in school. Every child is also encouraged to have a 'Reading for Pleasure' book.

Within our Whole Class Reading lessons, we will be exploring a variety of texts within a variety of genres. This will give children plenty of opportunities to practise their reading comprehension skills and learn about new things. 

Our current class novel is 'A Kind of Spark' by Elle McNicoll. 

A Kind of Spark: Elle McNicoll: 9781913311056: Books

English - Writing

Our focus text for this half term is Plastic Planet. Using our key text, the children will work towards writing an explanation about plastic and the impact it has on the environment. 

Throughout the unit, children will work towards mastery the Mastery Keys outlined below. 

Plastic Planet: How Plastic Came to Rule the World (and What You Can Do to Change It)

Mastery Keys (Year 5)

Use devices to build cohesion within a paragraph.

Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions.

Use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun

Mastery Keys (Year 6)

Use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun (Y5)

Use a wider range of devices to build cohesion e.g. Conjunctions, synonyms, adverbials, punctuation

Use a colon to introduce a list and use semi-colons within lists



In Maths, we follow Power Maths. This allows children to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. 

During this half term, our topics are:

Area and Perimeter



Throughout the week, children are given many opportunities to practise their arithmetic skills. 

Power Maths | The Meadows Primary School



Our Science topic for this half term is Light. Throughout this unit, children will practise using a variety of scientific skills to help them learn:

Light travels in a straight line. 

Light travels from light sources to an object and then to our eyes, allowing us to see. 

A transparent object lets all light through. 

A translucent object lets some light through. 

Prisms allow us to see the colours that make white light. 

Light reflects off opaque and translucent objects. 

Shadows cast the same shape as their object. 

Opaque objects block more light than translucent objects.

The Human Eye is made up of the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina and optic nerve.

         History of the First Lightbulb | Who Invented the Lightbulb?



This half term, we will be exploring:

'How did industry change Britain?'

Within this unit, the children will learn more about the Industrial Revolution and the changes that occurred within Britain at this time. They will examine different sources to find out more about a specific topic before analysing information to reach their own conclusions and form their own investigations. 

The Impact of the British Industrial Revolution - World History Encyclopedia



This term, we will be exploring:

'Can I carry out an independent fieldwork enquiry linked to human geography?'

Within this unit, the children will identify an enquiry question which will be the base for their independent enquiry. After exploring the different methods of data collection, in groups, the class will plan their route, drawing on their knowledge of compass points and six figure grid references, before completing their own enquiry. Once they have the data required, they will analyse and present, drawing conclusions on their findings.

How to find the perfect footwear for a Sunday morning walk


This half term, we will explore the skill of sculpture, focusing on the title: Someone’s rubbish is another person’s treasure'. Throughout this topic, children will critically evaluate the work of Michelle Stitzlein and use this to help inform their final piece. 

Michelle Stitzlein - Headlands Center for the Arts


Music sessions will be delivered by Junior Jam. This half term, we will be focusing on 'Songwriting with Glockenspiels'.




Computing sessions will be delivered by Junior Jam.

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Our P.E. day for this half term is Monday. Children should come to school in their kit. 

All kit must be clearly labelled, and appropriate footwear must be worn. Jewellery, including earrings, must not be worn during P.E. days. School hoodies and jogging bottoms can be purchased online with school uniform. 



Personal Development

At St Luke's, RHE is taught using a scheme created by 'Ten:Ten'. Our first topic is Created to Live in a Community. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe both online and in our daily lives. We will also be using MyHappyMind to help the children learn about emotions and how to self-regulate. 

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Google Classrooms – St Mark's CofE Primary School

Homework will be set on Google Classroom. Paper copies are also handed out each week.  


Useful websites to support home learning: 

We encourage all pupils to access these websites on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis. 

Please see below for our long term overviews.



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Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we learn, love and laugh together

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The Willows, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QP

Miss Eileen Murtagh

Tel: 01244 259999


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The Willows, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QP

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