Cypress Tree Class 2023 - 2024

Welcome to Cypress Tree Class

Year 5 and Year 6

Class Teacher: Mrs Fairman

Our Learning:


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 class novel for this half term is 'The Last Wild' by Piers Torday. 

The Last Wild: Book 1 (Last Wild Trilogy) - Kindle edition by Torday,  Piers. Children Kindle eBooks @

English - Writing

Our focus text for this half term is Can we save the tiger? Using our key text, the children will work towards writing an independent version of a booklet based on an amazing animal (hybrid text type including information, explanation and persuasion) . Throughout the unit, children will work towards mastery the Mastery Keys outlined below. 

Can We Save the Tiger? : Jenkins, Martin, White, Vicky: Books

Mastery Keys (Year 5)

 Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely

Use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility

Plan writing by identifying audience and purpose

Use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis


Mastery Keys (Year 6)

 Enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary

Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely

Use modal verbs and adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility

Use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis



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:

-Four operations

Throughout the week, children are given many opportunities to practise their arithmetic skills. At the end of each Maths lesson, all children complete a 'Tough Ten' and on a Monday, all children will participate in an arithmetic lesson. 

Power Maths | The Meadows Primary School



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

The main parts of the human circulatory system are: heart, lungs, blood. 

The heart pumps blood around the body and delivers oxygen and nutrients to cells and collects waste. 

Exercise increases the heart rate because the muscles need more oxygen. 

Our blood is made up of four parts: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. 

Our diet impacts our bodies. 

Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes impact negatively on our bodies. 

                 Circulatory system | healthdirect


This half term, we will be exploring:

'Ancient Maya- What were the achievements of the Ancient Maya civilisation?'

This topic is a great opportunity for the children to learn about the Ancient Maya civilisation. They will have the opportunity to explore the language used by the Ancient Maya and a variety of the things they discovered and built. 

The Ancient Maya | Inskip St Peter's C of E (Aided) Primary School



This term, we will be exploring:

'Where does our energy come from?'

Throughout this topic, children will learn about the different types of energy used across the world. They will explore the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy and discuss the pros and cons of both. Children will have the opportunity to observe the range of energy types used in the local area. 

Frodsham Wind Farm - BRE Group



This half term, we will explore the skill of drawing, in particular 'Viewpoints and perspectives'. Throughout this topic, children will critically evaluate the work of Edward Munch and use this to help inform their final piece. 

Edvard Munch | Biography, Artworks, Style, & Facts | Britannica



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. 

For the autumn term, we will be having swimming lessons every Thursday. Children should bring their swimming kit (including towel) to school every Thursday.

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 and Loved by God. Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships. 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. 


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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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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