Year 5/6 – Turquoise

Turquoise Class – Year 5/6

Welcome to Turquoise Class!

Our class teacher for the 2023-24 academic year is:

Miss Hamilton!

We are very lucky this year to be supported by three amazing adults:

Miss Warren, Mrs Dodman and Miss Dymond.

In Turquoise Class this year, we will cover many exciting topics to enhance our children’s knowledge and understanding, in-line with the National Curriculum.  Our British Values also underpin our curriculum.

We are really excited to have revamped our English curriculum this year and our key topic areas have changed to reflect this. We begin this year with:

Were the Vikings always so Vicious and Victorious?

Core Texts:

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

Dare to Care: Pet Dragon by Mark Robertson

How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell

Evidence of Dragons by Pie Corbett

Click here for the Viking Knowledge Organiser

This a History based topic.

How did Great Britain stand firm against German Threat?

Core Texts:

War Boy by Michael Foreman

WW2 Survival Tips by Louise Spilsbury

Time Train to the Blitz by Sophie McKenzie

A Wartime Christmas Poem by Father TA Ambrose Agius

Click here for the WW2 Knowledge Organiser

This a History based topic.

Who were the Mayans and what can we learn from them?

Core Texts:

Oh Maya Gods! by Maz Evans

DK Find Out: Maya by DK

Mayan Civilization by Clare Hibbert

The Hero Twins Against The Lords Of Death by Dan Jolley and David Witt

Click here for the Mayans Knowledge Organiser

This a History based topic.

How diverse is life in South America?

Core Texts:

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

The Incredible World of Bugs by Melanie Hibbert

Amazon River by Sangma Francis

All The Way Down: Amazon Rainforest by Alex Woolf

Amazon Basin by Simon Chapman

Jungle Survival Handbook by Jen Green

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

What Are We Fighting For? by Brian Moses

Click here for the South America Knowledge Organiser

This a Geography based topic.

Why should Britain be ashamed of slavery?

Core Texts:

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom by Carol Boston Weatherford

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Checking Out My History by John Agard

Slavery by Catherine Chambers

Click here for the Slavery Knowledge Organiser

This a History based topic.

Will I ever see the water I drink again?

Core Texts:

Ducks Overboard! by Markus Motum

Like The Oceans We Rise by Sarah Wilkin and Nicola Edwards

Climate Action by Georgina Stevens

Boyan Slat by Isaac Kerry

What A Waste by Jess French

Children Who Changed The World by Marcia Williams

River Stories by Timothy Knapman

Water Cycles by DK

Click here for the Water Cycle Knowledge Organiser

This a Geography based topic.

More detail about our curriculum can be found under the Key Information section of school website under ‘Our Curriculum’.


Turquoise Class will have their PE lessons on Fridays. Year 5 will be swimming on Wednesdays.  It is essential that children have the correct PE kit in school.


Indoor sessions:

Black shorts

Red polo shirt

Black pumps

Outdoor sessions

Black shorts or dark tracksuit bottoms (winter

Red polo shirt

Trainers (not fashionable)

Sweater (winter)


We will be swimming every Wednesday starting on Wednesday 13th September.

Boys – Trunks or swim shorts (shorts must be lined and no longer than mid-thigh)

Girls – 1 piece costume (close fitting leotards and footless tights may also be worn where normal swimwear is not appropriate for religious/ cultural reasons).

Our Learning Line

The Learning Line helps the children to evaluate their own progress in lessons.  Our Learning Line is linked to our first topic (Were the Vikings always so Vicious and Victorious?) and helps the children to focus on what they have learnt in that lesson, as well as development points to help them improve.


Our Golden Promises


Homework will be handed out on a Friday and must be returned to school the following Wednesday.  Homework will include: A Maths task focusing on arithmetic, 12 spellings, an English task focusing on Spelling Punctuation and Grammar,  a handwriting practice sheet, weekly banded reading book and Knowledge Organiser retrieval practice linked to their topic.

If you would like any more information about our class, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Miss Hamilton