Phase 3 newsletter

Phase 3 Newsletter – Autumn Term 2017


Welcome back Y5 and Y6! We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer holiday and are readyto continue with your learning this term. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead and would like to take this opportunity to give you a summary of the topic that will be covered in each year group this term.


Year Five

Our topic this term is ‘World War II’. Having taught the topic several times before, we know that children are generally very enthusiastic, so please encourage them to bring in and continue to carry out research at home and bring in anything they find. We will be studying the causes and key events and figures involved in the war, moving on to the effects of evacuation and rationing. We will then look at the tragic stories of the Holocaust and discover lessons that we can learn from it as future generations. It will be during this term that we will also enjoy a fantastic trip to Cosford Air Museum and get ‘hands on’ with aircrafts and artefacts from World War 2. Our English will be based on the text ‘Good Night Mr Tom’ providing further cross curricular links for the children with our topic. For Science, we will be building on what we know about Light and for Art we will be looking at the work of Henry Moore. As part of Computing this term, we will start by taking part in an E-Safety workshop (WB 11th September) before looking at entering data into spreadsheets, identifying any errors and how to present the data.


Year Six

Year Six’s topic for this term is based on animals and their habitats: it is called ‘Who lives in a place like this?’. As part of the topic, we will begin to think about the different environments that animals live in around the world and how this is made possible. Our topic will be based around different scientific concepts such as evolution, adaptation and interdependence. We will be thinking about how humans change as they grow and we will compare this to other animals. Our English work will be based around the first Hunger Games book during the first half term, so children are encouraged to bring in their own copy if they have one. In Art lessons, we will create extreme landscapes on canvas and work on our sketching skills later on in the term when we sketch some of the animals from our trip. Our first Computing topic will focus on data and we will be considering how we can use excel to help us to create data sheets. Children will also become more familiar with Purple Mash in school – this is something that they can also access at home using their class login. Children will also be taking part in an E-Safety workshop during the WB 11th September. Throughout the topic the children will have lots of opportunities to extend their learning such as hands on learning activities and our trip to Chester Zoo. Right from the start of term we will be talking about the SATs tests that children will be taking in May to reassure them that they do not need to panic – we will just encourage children to try their best at all times and always have an open minded approach to their learning. Children will be exposed to SATs questions regularly, so that they are fully prepared when they approach them in May. We hope to make the last year at Highfields a memorable one, so we hope that you will work with us to get the children as ready as possible for their new schools.


Key dates:

Y5 E-Safety workshop – Thursday 14th September

Y6 E-Safety workshop – Friday 15th September

Y6 trip to Chester Zoo – Friday 3rd November

Phase 3 General Reminders


It is important to hear your child read as frequently as possible. We ask that you read for at least 10 minutes every evening and then please add a comment in your child’s reading record. We don’t mind if this isn’t the child’s school reading book –they may read anything that interests them! Please spend some time with your child each week discussing what they have read to help to improve their comprehension skills.


The children can change their reading book as soon as they need to so as long as there is a comment in the reading record to indicate that they have read their book, books can be changed on a daily basis. In Years 5 & 6, children are able to change their reading books themselves when they have finished a book; this helps them to become more independent in their approach to reading.



Please spend time learning the words sent home to support the children with their reading and writing skills. Children will be tested once weekly on their spellings and it is expected that they will be prepared for the test each week. It will also be useful for children to familiarise themselves with the 5/6 word lists that will be given out during the Autumn parents evening.  


PE kits

Please ensure the children have their kit in school every day and if your child wears earrings, please take them out on these days or provide tape for them to wear for health and safety. The children’s clothes should be clearly named to help prevent them from getting lost.


School Uniform

We would kindly ask that all of the children’s uniforms are also named, particularly jumpers and fleeces. We encourage the children to look after their belongings but if things get lost you will appreciate how difficult it is to find them if they are not named. Please remember that hair accessories should be school colours and a sensible size and no make-up or nail varnish should be worn by the children.  If you have any questions related to our school uniform, please have a look at our school website for more information.


Home Learning

Please refer to the letter sent out at the start of term regarding homework expectations for each year group. As always, we love to see any tasks that children have completed out of school and will always welcome examples of home learning in the classroom.



Please remember to pre-order children’s lunches by Sunday evening to ensure that they have the correct hot meal.



Kind Regards


Miss Pell and the Phase 3 team

  • Highfields Primary School
  • Beeches Road
  • Rowley Regis
  • West Midlands
  • B65 0DA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0121 559 1037
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