Totternhoe C.E. Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts


Hazel Class Year 5 and 6

Miss Jesson, Miss Murray & Mrs Hackett


Autumn 2021 Theme

Maafa - This project teaches children about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. It also explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.

Art and Design Link - Trailblazers, Barrier Breakers

Autumn 1 Year 5 Science

Forces - We will learn about types of forces such as gravity, friction, water resistance and air resistance. Children will also learn about the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity.

Autumn 1 Year 6 Science

Living Things and Their Habitats - We will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms, by conducting an investigation into the growth of mould on bread. They will sort animals intro groups based on their similarities and differences.

Autumn 1 Music


Autumn 2 Year 5 and Year 6 Science

Earth and Space - This unit is the only Astronomy related science unit in the primary science curriculum. The aim is to give children a basic overview of Earth and its place in our Solar System

Autumn 2 Music

Make You Feel My Love

Spring 2022 Theme

Frozen Kingdom - Vast wilds and hostile territories; incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs. 

Art and Design Link - Inuit

Spring 1 Year 5 and 6 Science

Properties and Changes of Materials - We will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. We will sort and classify objects according to their properties and explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes.

Spring 1 Music

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Spring 2 Year 5 Science

Living Things and Their Habitats 5 - We will learn about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. 

Spring 2 Year 6 Science

Evolution and Inheritance - We will learn about variation and adaptation. They will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution

Spring 2 Music

Dancing in the Street

Summer 2022 Theme

Groundbreaking Greeks - This project teaches children about developments and changes over six periods of ancient Greek history, focusing on the city state of Athens in the Classical age, and exploring the lasting legacy of ancient Greece.

Art and Design Link - Mixed Media

Design and Technology Link - Architecture 

Summer 1 Year 5 Science

Animals Including Humans 5 - Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur. The final investigation will be about the changes to the body as humans get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals

Summer 1 Year 6 Science

Electricity - Children will learn to represent circuits using symbols in a diagram. They will learn about two of the most important scientific inventors in the field of electricity – Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Children will get the opportunity to develop their understanding of what electricity is and how to measure it.

Summer 2 Year 5 Science

Significant Scientists - We will learn about the famous scientists and inventors linked to the Year 5 science curriculum, including: David Attenborough, Margaret Hamilton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eva Crane, Stephanie Kwolek and Leonardo da Vinci.

Summer 2 Year 6 Science

Animals Including Humans 6 - Children will research the parts and functions of the circulatory system. They will focus on how nutrients are transported around the human body. Children will explore how a healthy lifestyle supports the body to function and how different types of drugs affect the body.

Class Homework

Each week, your child will be set:

  • 1 x English based homework
  • Spellings to learn
  • 1 x Maths based homework
  • Daily TTRS practise
  • 1 x extra piece of homework e.g. PSHCE, Computing, Art etc

Please upload a picture of completed homework to ClassDojo.



Blended Learning: during self-isolation and during any  lockdown

In the event that your child has to remain at home, during periods of self-isolation, or in the event of  a local or more widespread lockdown, we will continue to provide home learning (blended learning) for your child. This will normally be  from the Oak Academy online lessons, and will link as closely as possible to learning taking place within your child's Totternhoe  CE Academy's class.  These lessons will be posted on ClassDojo on the Hazel  Blended Learning Class Story.
Please continue to check ClassDojo daily,  for any new notifications and postings.

Forest School

Year 5 sessions -  Autumn 1
Year 6 sessions - Autumn 2

Class Readers

Spellings and Phonics:  It is expected that in Year 6, all the Year 3/4 words and Year 5/6 list of spellings are are known. Please practise these and USE these words in your writing.
Remember to use some of our Spelling strategies!

Times Tables:  Still vitally important!! 
End of Year 4 expectations is to know multiplication and division facts for ALL times tables  up to 12 x.  It is extremely important to keep those skills sharp! Keep practising - with TTRS and Sumdog!

Home Learning Support

Click here to login to TTRockStars.

Click here to login to Sumdog.
Click here to login to Oxford Owl.
here to login to MyBookBlog

Click here to login to Lexia.


Useful Information

PE is on Thursday (two separate PE lessons). Please ensure your child wears their named, correct PE kit in school on these days, that earrings are not worn and long hair is tied up.

The children have access to their water bottles  in the classroom during the day. Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school which is taken home regularly to be washed.

Your child is welcome to bring in a snack of fruit or vegetables each day. 

Reading books are your child's responsibility and they will be responsible for changing their own book. Please record the date and title of the book that they have chosen in their reading record and make sure that your child’s reading record is signed to say they have finished their book and read as regularly as you can with them at home. 


Please note that our timetable is flexible and may be subject to change!