Hoylandswaine Primary School

Working Together, Achieving Together, Growing Together

Haigh Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JJ




Class 5

Teachers  Mrs B Powdrill and Mrs S Haslam

Teaching Assistant Mr J Lockwood

Welcome back and a very happy new year to you all! Although Christmas seems like a lifetime ago, we hope that you've had a restful break and have managed to keep safe and well. 


We were so pleased to welcome children back into school and it was so wonderful to see them all again. Even though that enjoyment was short-lived, we have a lot of interesting things to cover in the coming term, and we will continue to do our best to deliver the best standard of education for your children, whatever the circumstances.


Our topic for the term is Aztecs and Mayans. These fascinating civilisations are mysterious and intriguing and provide many opportunities for children to ask questions, research and find answers. We will use historical sources to discover what impact the Aztecs and Mayans had on histories as well as making hypotheses about these civilisations.


Within the topic, we will be exploring the continents of North and South America, and comparing these continents with other areas around the world. We will explore the position of the Americas on a global scale, as well as seeking opportunities to investigate the human and physical geography of these locations.


Children will have the opportunities to express themselves artistically and musically, although this may look different to what it has done in previous years. They will have the chance to look at the Pop Art movement in detail, as well as looking at architecture.


We encourage all children to apply themselves fully to all learning and take pride in their work. We started the year with a fantastic term - let's see what this next term will bring!




Homework will be sent weekly and review the work that Mrs Powdrill and Mrs Haslam have been doing in class. The children have a homework book in which they can complete their homework. It will be given out on a Tuesday to be returned the following Monday.


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the spelling or the homework.

Important Letters and Information

Spring term documents will be uploaded below...

 Welcome Letter 2020 - 2021.pdfDownload
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All children will be studying the Year 6 spellings in class, with the appropriate amount of support and challenge. The majority of children will learn these spellings at home, although some children's spellings to learn will be consolidation from previous years, if this is required.

Spellings will be sent home on a Tuesday to be returned on the following Monday.


NOTE: Due to the current situation, spellings will be updated on the VLE page.

Advice for Parents

You might be wondering how you can help your child at home with the work that we do in school. There are a number of ways that you can support with their reading, writing and maths. We have attached a grammar glossary, maths glossary, golden 100,  and reading questions to ask your child when they're reading with you at home. There is also a 5 Plagues Reading Spine which contains many book recommendations for different age groups. We refer to this in school when choosing the texts to cover in different year groups and there are many wonderful choices on there for you to explore at home too.

 Golden 100.pdfDownload
 Grammar Glossary for Parents.pdfDownload
 KS2 SATs Parent Information Booklet 2019 Tests.pdfDownload
 Maths Glossary for Parents.pdfDownload
 Reading Vipers.pdfDownload
 Year 6 Reading with your Child Advice Booklet.pdfDownload
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Maths Videos

Watch these fantastic videos to support you with your work. We have included the Year 5 videos as a refresher for the methods used in that year group.