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'In every child there is a space that only God can fill' St Thomas Aquinas

Welcome to the website of Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy, Newark, Nottinghamshire, part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

Year 6/5D

Welcome to the Year Six/Five class page. Mrs Durney is our class teacher and Mrs Duckmanton is our class teaching assistant. Here you can find lots of information about our class as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.

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During the spring term we will be learning about lots of interesting things. In our Come & See work our focus will be on three main themes: Sources, Unity and Death & New Life.

In History this term we will be investigating the beginning of democracy in Ancient Greece. We will learn about this important system and how it is still a part of our own society today.

In Geography we will be finding out about the catastrophic effects of volcanoes and earthquakes.

Our Science work will be based on the question: Which material would be best to…? We will be conducting detailed investigations, creating our own hypotheses, collecting useful data based on our studies and analysing the results we find to reach a scientific conclusion.

In Art this term we will be developing our painting skills using a range of different media and in our DT sessions we will be designing and making a healthy meal for an ancient Greek citizen.

Our Music work this term will be focused on the skills of listening and composition.

In Computing we will be using the programme Scratch to code games.



In our class homework is given out on Monday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one piece of written English, Maths or Topic work.

The children will also need to continue to practise their times tables weekly as these will help in all areas of their mathematical work. They will be tested on their current times tables every Friday.

Spellings will be given out on Monday and tested the following Monday. We will continue to follow the RWI Get Spelling Programme this year in KS2. Ten spellings from the current unit will be given out and tested on a two weekly basis, as appropriate. On alternate weeks to this, the children will receive ten spellings from the appropriate National Curriculum statuatory word lists. 

Reading is such a valuable life skill and is also relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practise really does make an enormous difference to an individual's reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened at least three times per week. 

PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday during the spring term. On Tuesday the children will be outdoors and on Thursday they will have indoor PE. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate PE kit for these sessions available in school. The correct PE kit for lessons in school consists of: a white t-shirt, red shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. Trainers are required for outdoor activities. As the weather is still cold the children may wear a tracksuit for outdoor sessions. All watches and earrings must be removed before the lesson begins.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in all of these matters.


Key Stage 2 Tests

The children in Year Six are due to take the End of Key Stage 2 Statutory Tests (SATs) during the week beginning Monday 13th May 2019. The video below offers a summary of the Key Stage 2 tests that Year 6 pupils took in England in May 2018. The information in the video is the most up-to-date that we have to date and is of use to anyone who might be unfamiliar with the format or delivery of the current End of Key Stage 2 Statutory Tests. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.