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Our class Anti-bullying Charter

Our class Anti-bullying Charter 1

Autumn 2 - Leisure and entertainment through the ages



This half term, our topic will be 'Leisure and entertainment throughout the ages'. The areas we will focus on include:


History - leisure and entertainment in the 20th and 21st Centuries

RE - pilgrimages

PSHCEE - relationships

DT - baking

PE - Dance, swimming and basketball

French and Music (PPA)

Our amazing Y5/6 who won the Pingle School Quiz! Congratulations!

Our amazing Y5/6 who won the Pingle School Quiz! Congratulations!  1

Solar System Red Carpet

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Galileo interview

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The Space Race

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Moon Landing

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Space green screens coming soon...

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Class photos

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Autumn 1 Homework Project

Welcome to Arachnid Class!


We are a mixed age Years 5 and 6 class. Miss Lane is our teacher and Mrs Claxton is our TA. 


Welcome back smiley


Important information for parents and children:


· PE will take place on Tuesdays  and Wednesdays but please make sure that you always have your indoor and outdoor PE kits in school as these days may change due to other activities.


· You are expected to read at least 5 times a week. This could be with an adult or on your own. If you do read on your own, please make sure your parent still signs your reading record. This year, Arachnids have new reading records. Please make sure after each book you have read you write a summary of the book.


· Spelling tests will take place once a fortnight. In school, children will be learning spelling rules and words from the Year 5 and 6 word list. The spelling tests will reflect either rules we have been learning in class or words we have been practising from the word list.


· Homework will be half term projects which link to the topic we will be covering in lessons.



Autumn 1


Our first topic this year will be 'Earth and beyond'. Where possible, our learning will link with our topic. The areas we will cover this half term include:

  • Science - Earth, Space and Light
  • History - Moon landings
  • RE - Gospel: What would Jesus do?
  • Art - Art inspired by space
  • PE - Swimming (Y5 only) and invasion games
  • PSHCEE -Relationships


We were lucky enough to have a visit from a GB hockey player!

Arachnids love the new gym equipment!

The FREEZE game

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Hollie's Extreme Earth Project

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Charlotte's Homework Project

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This half term we will be learning about:


  • Geography - Human and physical features
  • Science - Living things and their habitats
  • RE - Was Jesus the Messiah?
  • Computing - Data handling and multimedia
  • PE - Outwitting opponents
  • PSHCEE - Self-esteem
  • Forest Fridays 

Y1 - Y6 Spelling appendix

The Piano by Aiden Gibbons

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The children have written some excellent stories, including flashbacks, based on the short film 'The Piano' which has no words. The emotive language they have used is incredible!


The Piano


Slowly, the old man laid his old hands on the beast of black and white. Gliding angelically, he pressed the keys gently; something was stirring in his mind. His body lent into the piano following a certain rhythm. The ring – which was on his unstable hands – glistened as he swiftly played, a brighter tune developed: something had lightened his mind…


It was nine years ago. A shadowed figure sat with him, it was his wife. The familiar sound of hope made the man look up. Her sad, unfamiliar eyes looked upon the sad man. She hesitantly started to move towards him. An ice-cold stone kiss was laid upon his cheek. She started to disappear, but never wanted to. The man’s eyes looked up and smiled faintly.


The sound of gunshot and blood-spill created an uneasy silence. It was sixty-five years ago (when it all happened) and the man’s attention was caught. He sprinted for his life, head filled with doubts. He slammed his shoulder against the only shelter he had, a fallen-down wall. Longingly, he fell to his knees, wishing that he was at home with his dearest family. The old man looked down to his watch; he had to do it. His tired eyes glimpsed his brother. Should he? Yes! “Michael, now ya safe to go!”

The soldier looked at him, right in the eyes, almost saying goodbye but there was no need for speech. He nodded back with a scared look: there was no going back now.


The brother darted around the corner, ready to pull the trigger. He was too late. A bullet hit him in the chest. The man rushed to him, laying him on his knees. The hand of the soldiers was clutched by the man. Once again, they looked each other in the eyes. Thoughts buzzed around his head. “Did I do this; did I kill my brother; was it my fault?”

The soldier took his last look of the world as his head fell back - lifeless. He was too guilty to look at the world as the soldiers’ head rocked backwards. In his arms lay a dead body, he looked to the sky for a sign of hope…


His playing slowed and his mind was lost in nightmares and dreams. The keys obeyed every note. He suddenly remembered. A child played in front of him; yet it was him. His father walked towards him and gave him a large blue box, decorated with pearl-white ribbons. He opened it, rejoicing, as he found a hobby horse inside. Grabbing it carefully, he jumped on to it and ran. The music changed as he galloped. He went behind the piano: his shoes had changed. Out came a much more modern boy who was playing with his toy. It was his grandson. He sprinted towards his grandfather and sat next to him. As the old man played the last chord, the boy played with him. Finally, the man’s face smiled with joy!


Written by Ana


The Piano


The ancient man started playing the pitch-black piano so sadly and elegantly that it almost makes you cry. His fingers brushed so slowly on the keys that it makes his finger look like they’re not touching the piano. His ring glimmered in the one light shining above him. His eyes gradually moved from side to side. His eyes were wide open but a small wrinkle made him look like he wanted to cry. An image of his wife appeared next to him. Then she kissed him: her smooth and cold lips passed through his cheeks like a reflection in the air.


Then a medical helmet from the war appeared on his head. He was thinking about his life before now. The medic sprinted for safety. He clutched his back against his hand against the cold, dark wall. He couldn’t hear anything but the sound of death and gun shots. Families behind him ran – to get safe – to get help. Guns were being fired; they wanted to kill everyone. Planes raced rapidly through the sky, bombs blew up everywhere around him. It was a horrible sight. Dead bodies covered the floor making it almost impossible to walk past them. The scream was heard by the medic as he looked behind him. He looked behind him and saw a dead soldier. He looked to the side: he saw a soldier a few feet away. He got his gun ready. “AHHH!” a solider got shot behind him but he was too late to help. The soldier next to him walked to see if he could go out of safety to shoot. The medic nodded back. The soldier slowly leaped out of safety but before he could shoot he got shot. The bullet pulled right through his stomach. The medic ran towards him. He picked him up and held his hand and then he passed away. He should have helped.


It was now 70 years ago. He was a little boy. He excitedly opened a present his mum gave him. It was a fake wooden horse. He started galloping around like a crazy monkey. Then his clothes changed to modern day clothes. He changed to the man’s grandson.  He put his horse to the piano. Then the boy played the last note and then they both shared a big smile together.


Written by James


The Piano


The old man gently moves his finger across the piano. The old man’s face was like a broken heart. The man was playing high on the piano, a song like a man who was upset. Suddenly, there was someone who started playing, but then there was like an elegant kiss that touches the old mans’ cheeks. Then the old man started to smile, it was like pure love but the woman disappeared.


It was 5 years ago. The soldier sprinted towards the wall (which was cold and white). Looking at his watch, the soldier turned and looked at the other soldier. The old man nodded at the other soldier, it was like the man knew it was clear. The soldier swiftly turned around the rough edge of the wall. All you could hear is the sound of a gunshot and a man who is an upset soul being killed, and a father of a family, was shot. Two seconds later, the soldier was lying in the old man’s arms. He took a single breath, and then he was gone. The old man looked up and imagined what it would be like if he was the other soldier. The old man said,

 “If it was not for me; if I had looked first; if I took care of him, a life would not been taken.”

The gunshot; the signals the old man gave him, and watched him. The piano was all he had, he was alone since then. If the old man has saved his life, if the soldier was alive, the old man would not be alone. The old man did not do anything of that so he is alone, all he has is his family. The old man was guilty because he did not try to help him. The old man felt guilty. The old man was upset…


Next, the old man was a boy, but then the boy gets a toy; a toy wooden horse. So he gallops and gallops all the time, but then he turns into the old mans’ grandson. So he jumps onto the stool the old man is sitting on, and then they play the piano together.  The little boy presses one key and it goes bing because he is happy. The man was an ancient old man. The piano was played by the happy old man. There is happiness in him still.


Written by Sophie H

Poem of the Pancakes


Written by Ana


Us pancakes are strange creatures,

We only lack in food features,

You can top us with something sweet,

But nobody can out-do us when it comes to something to eat!


We can be folded, rolled or be eaten flat,

We're the favourite food for a rat,

Some people know it as Shrove Tuesday,

But like us - it's Pancake Day!

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This half term, we will be having 'A Peek at the Peak District'!


Our topics will be:

  • The Peak District and The Great Plague of 1665 (History)
  • Human and physical features of the Peak District (Geography)
  • How can following God bring peace and justice? (RE)
  • Living in the wider world (PSHCEE)
  • Striking and fielding games (PE)
  • French
  • Music

A Peek at the Peak District Homework

Vicious Vikings homework

Healthy hearts and minds week

Our new topic this half term is:


This half term our topics will be:

  • Vikings Vs Anglo Saxons (history)
  • Scandinavia (geography)
  • Creation and science: conflicting or complementary (RE)
  • Living in the wider word (PSHCEE)
  • Gym (PE)
  • Forest Schools (Forest Friday)​​​​​​


Our first week back will focus on healthy hearts and minds, we will be uploading a special video from this week to our class page, stay tuned!

Homework projects - Anne Frank, landscape art and science experiments

Class Anti-bullying Charter agreed by the whole class

Class Anti-bullying Charter agreed by the whole class 1

What is art? homework project

What is Art?

This half term, Arachnid's topic will be 'What is Art?'. Arachnids will be focusing on landscape art and will research and learn about a range of different artists, different techniques they use and how to compare works of art.



As well as learning about landscape art, Arachnids will also be learning about the following areas:


  • Science – Properties and changes of materials
  • RE – How do people express their faith through the arts?
  • PE – Dance and swimming
  • PSHCEE – Relationships
  • Computing – Digital Imagery
  • Music – Classic rock (Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer)
  • MFL - French

Outstanding Anglo-Saxon homework projects

Arachnids would like to say a HUGE thank you to parents for your support with the homework projects. The quality is outstanding, all the children are immensely proud and enjoyed sharing their projects with the rest of the class and lots of teachers!

Arachnid's Showcase Performance - Anglo-Saxons

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For our Showcase Performance, Arachnid's wrote and performed their own Anglo-Saxon play scripts based upon Horrible Histories.


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5. Boast

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3. Historical

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6. Health

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Roald Dahl Day September 13th 2016

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Roald Dahl Day September 13th 2016 2 Silly snozzcumber!

Welcome to Arachnid class!


We are a mixed Years 5 and 6 class and our teachers are Miss Lane and Miss Harris. Our topic this term is Anglo-Saxons. We will be learning about invasions, settlements, kingdoms, lifestyle and lots lots more!



As well as learning about Anglo-Saxons, Arachnids will also be learning about the following areas:

  • Geography – Land uses
  • RE – How and why believers show their commitment during the journey of life
  • PE – Invasion games and swimming
  • PSHCE – Relationships
  • Computing – Digital Exploration
  • Music – Classic rock (Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer)
  • Art/ DT - Saxon structures and weapons


PE: This term, PE sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has a complete indoor kit (shorts and t-shirt) and outside kit (tracksuit, t-shirt and trainers). 


Reading: Please ensure your child reads 3 times a week and record this in your child’s monkey book. This can be with an adult or independently. Monkey books will be checked on Mondays and any children who have not read 3 times will have to attend a reading club.


Spelling: Each week at school children will be learning or revising a spelling rule. At the end of the week, the children will be tested on the spelling rule AND 5 spellings from the ‘Years 5 and 6 spelling list’ which has been send home. Please help your child practise their spellings.


Homework: Homework this half term will be a project; information will be sent home this week.


Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any questions or concerns frown

Arachnids 2016 2017 Topic Plan

End of Year Expectations


Reading - key objectives (Years 5 and 6)

In school, reading is taught through a range of different activities. Children will read and discuss texts as a class, in small groups, in pairs as well as individually with adults.

Pupils should: 

  •  read and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction text
  •  recommend books they have read to their peers
  • discuss themes in writing
  • read and perform poetry by heart
  • ask questions to improve their understanding
  • draw inferences such as inferring characters' thoughts and feeling
  • predict what might happen next
  • summarise main ideas from paragraphs
  • identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language
  • distinguish between fact and opinion
  • retrieve, record and present information
  • participate in discussions about books they have read
  • explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read
  • provide reasoned justifications for their views


Writing - key objectives (Years 5 and 6)

Pupils should:

  • plan their writing considering audience, purpose and form
  • draft and write by selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • describe settings, characters and atmospheres
  • build cohesion within and across paragraphs
  • use organisational devises to structure and guide the reader
  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
  • develop their understanding of: subjunctive form, passive verbs, perfect form of verbs, expanded noun phrases, modal verbs and adverbs, relative clauses, brackets, dashes, commas, colons, semi-colons and hyphens


Maths - key objectives Year 5

Pupils should:

  • interpret negative numbers in context
  • read Roman numerals to 1000, including years
  • recognise and use square and cube numbers, and know the notation
  • use rounding to check answers and determine accuracy
  • identify multiples and factors, including finding factor pairs and common factors
  • use vocabulary: prime numbers, prime factors and composite numbers
  • multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 or 1000, including decimals
  • use long multiplication for multiplying numbers of up to 4 digits by one or two digits
  • divide numbers using standard written short division
  • convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number
  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions including tenths and hundredths
  • add and subtract fractions with denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers with support
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions
  • round decimals with 2 decimals places to whole number or to one decimal place
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places
  • recognise % symbol and explain as a fraction with denominator 100 (parts out of 100)
  • understand and use common approximate conversions between metric and imperial
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes
  • calculate the area of rectangles, and estimate the area of irregular shapes
  • use the properties of rectangles to find missing lengths and angles
  • distinguish between regular and irregular polygons
  • identify 3-d shapes from 2-d representations
  • know angles are measured in degrees and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles
  • draw and measure angles to the nearest degree
  • identify angles at a point, in a turn and on a straight line
  • describe and represent the result of a reflection or translation
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables


Maths - key objectives Year 6

Pupils should:

  • use negative numbers to calculate intervals across zero
  • divide numbers using long division, interpreting the remainders as appropriate
  • use order of operations to carry out calculations
  • use common factors to simplify fractions
  • compare and order fractions of any size
  • add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers
  • multiply simple pairs of proper fractions
  • divide proper fractions by whole numbers
  • calculate decimal fraction equivalents for simple fractions
  • multiply a number with up to two decimal places by whole numbers
  • use written division with answers of up to two decimal places
  • solve problems involving the calculation of percentages
  • recall and use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • solve problems using ratio using multiplication and division facts
  • solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known
  • solve problems involving proportion, using knowledge of fractions and multiples
  • use simple formulae
  • generate and describe linear number sequences
  • express missing number problems algebraically
  • convert units of measure between smaller and larger units
  • convert between miles and kilometres
  • calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • calculate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids
  • illustrate and name parts of a circle
  • finding missing angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons
  • recognise vertically opposite angles and find missing angles
  • describe positions on the full co-ordinate grid
  • translate shapes on a co-ordinate grid and reflect in the axes
  • construct and interpret pie charts
  • calculate the mean as an average


KS1 and KS2 Spelling Rules - see p.18 - 22 for Years 5 and 6

Everything you see below took place in the academic year 2015 - 2016! 

Welcome to Arachnids!


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We will be finding out about the water cycle, climate change, art inspired by weather and many other fascinating facts.  


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