Dear Parents,

These are strange and unprecedented times but it has been fantastic having all the children back this week. They seem to have really enjoyed being back in school and have come full of enthusiasm, ready to begin the new school year. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Rye Class will be covering this term.

Our topic for this half term is ‘Pharaohs’. This half term, we’ll be travelling back in time 5000 years to ancient Egypt. We are going to learn about the gruesome but fascinating process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb or whether perhaps, it should have been left as it was. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail and study historical sources to learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs.

In Literacy, we will be reading and writing traditional stories, fables, myths and legends. There will also be a focus on grammar based activities in class and I will be sending home a glossary of the terms, that the children should start to become familiar with (if they aren’t already) and a list of Year 5/6 spellings.

In Maths, the children will hopefully be increasing their understanding of number and place value as it is vital that these skills are embedded so further learning can build upon this knowledge.  We will also be trying to improve the children’s calculation skills and showing them how they can use the four operations to answer increasingly difficult reasoning problems. We will finish the term off learning about prime numbers before moving on to statistics. It would be really helpful if the children are secure with their times tables up to 12 x 12 and they can use TT Rockstars to help them with this at home. All children also have access to Mathletics at home where I will set them activities relating to our topics, to help them develop and revise their knowledge.

In Science this term our topic is ‘Properties and changes of materials’.  Children will be able to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets. They will be completing some exciting investigations!

In Computing, we will using Purple Mash to learn how to understand and write code. Throughout computing lessons, there will be a continued emphasis on internet safety where we intend to show the children how they can help keep themselves safe online.

Both Mr Cairns and I will be providing P.E. lessons this term. We will be helping the children improve their skills at tag rugby, football, basketball and athletics.  As well as the P.E. lessons we also have some virtual competitions coming up in the not too distant future including tri-golf, dance and orienteering.

P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities.

I am happy to help at any time so if you do have any questions please let me know by contacting me on

Kind regards,

Dan Walker