Dragonflies: Autumn term

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and that your children are looking forward to their final year at Thriplow. I would like to inform about the curriculum plan for the coming term and the Dragonflies class timetable. If you have any concerns or questions, please do come in to school to see me.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gilmour



Each morning begins with a burst of grammar or spelling which is followed for four days, one day focusses on reading skills.

We will use two classic books as the inspiration for our literacy. The two authors are Dickens and Tolkien, though we will enjoy Roald Dahl for the day on the 13th of September. Each book gives rise to the various genres: writing balanced arguments, diary extracts, setting and character descriptions, newspaper reports, poetry, persuasive writing as well as their own stories. Guided Reading will also focus on classic stories: Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables. During this time I will be checking that the children have been reading regularly with an adult. We help them to choose quality aspirational texts to lift their language and literacy to a higher level.



Our term starts with Place Value, followed by addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, Fractions and then Geometry. We start each unit with a pre-test to find out what we remember from Year 5 and end with a check-up to see our progress.



During this term, the children will be learning about light and electricity. This links with our topic and we will look at some history of Science; how was electricity discovered? We will use STEM processes to cover the scientific strands.



Year 6 revisits the theme of Creation and The Fall, we will dig deeper into the subject. Multi-faith fortnight will focus on Methodism. Then as the term finishes we look at Incarnation in more depth.



The children will be improving their rugby, netball and gymnastic skills. PE lessons will take place each Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has an appropriate kit for the colder weather. This includes a warm sweatshirt and possibly a base layer. Long hair should be tied up and all jewellery (especially earrings) are removed. Please let me know in writing if your child is not able to take part in PE. We will endeavour to run three times a week and share street dancing regularly.



Year 6 will learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They will work on coding; to design, sequence and write programs.



Our topics integrate History and Geography and provide inspiration to other topics. This term we are studying The Victorians: who they were, the Empire they created, the machines they invented and the changes they made to our country.



There were many changes in art during the Victorian era and we will look in particular at the Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelites. Dragonflies’ artist for the school year is Picasso, so we will regularly look at his art.



The purpose is to design, make and evaluate products. Our project will be to research, create a process and make an item of clothing. 



This term we will start to learn how to play the recorder, so please ensure that your child has their own (named) instrument in class for their lesson each Friday. Alongside learning the how to make the notes, we will learn how to read music. Dragonflies’ composer for the school year is Stravinsky, so we will regularly listen to his music.



Children will listen and learn from each other to discover new food vocabulary in this lesson on shopping in France. Then we will learn body-related vocabulary. The emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and then writing the language.



Homework expectations

Each Monday the children will be given homework to practise their spelling and writing skills. They will have a spelling test each Monday morning. 

Also on a Monday we will check the most recent Mental Maths test. The children will start the new one in class and complete it at home for the following week. Maths homework also includes challenges I set on Mathletics.

To ensure that children get used to doing some form of homework each night, we would ask that your child reads for at least 20 minutes a few times a week and practice times tables/mental maths for a similar amount of time regularly. This is not formal homework but does prepare the children for nightly homework at secondary school.

Welcome back for the Summer term! 


There is great excitement in the air in Dragonflies class this term as the children look forward to the residential trip to The Isle of Wight after half-term. 


The Summer term also brings with it more opportunities to learn outside the classroom. On Monday afternoons P.E. specialist Mrs. Jackson will be joining us for orienteering sessions, when we combine being physically active with maths problem solving. Mr Lloyd will continue to take the class for P.E. lessons on Thursday afternoons. Last week, the children were practising their athletics skills. 


Our topic this term is All the World’s A Stage. We will be considering the geography of Shakespeare’s plays and life: researching where some of his plays were set and how the map of the world and has changed since then. We will compare Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, both now and during Shakespeare’s life-time. We will think about modes of transport and how Shakespeare would have known about distant countries. Later in the term, we will also be looking at extracts of Shakespeare’s work and learning about the conventions of writing plays. 


Our current topic in English is the language of persuasion. The children will be learning about the techniques and vocabulary of persuasive writing and debate. In maths our focus will be shape and space, as well as carrying out maths investigations. 


In R.E, the children will be learning about Sikhism. In particular, they will be developing an understanding of the principles of Sikhism and the symbolism of the 5 Ks. We will consider the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib for the Sikh community. 


A reminder that mental maths homework is due in on Thursdays and the spelling quiz takes place on Fridays. Children are expected to know their times-tables up to and including 12 x 12. I would encourage them to practise in readiness for our class times-tables tournament before half-term. The year 6 SATS take place 13th – 16th May. 


If you do wish to speak with me, please feel free to catch up at the end of the day or make an appointment via the office. 


Mrs Corbett

Welcome to the Spring Term in Dragonflies with Mrs. Corbett and Mrs. Walker.
What a lovely start to the term with our Lost Words topic. Our class focussed on the glorious Kingfisher. The children were inspired to produce some impressive artwork and used their descriptive talents to write Kingfisher poems. The poems are on display in our cloakroom should you wish to pop in to read them. Our topic this term is Rivers. We start by learning about the geographical features of rivers from source to sea along with the processes involved in the water cycle. Later in the term, we will consider the history of rivers and will be investigating the Bronze Age settlement of the Indus Valley. We will be comparing it to the discoveries at Must Farm, the huge archaeological dig at Flag Fen. The children have been busy practising their mental maths skills daily. We would encourage them to practise at home by accessing their Mathletics accounts. They have their log in details. Mental maths books will be sent home each Friday with homework for the following Thursday. However, children will also need to bring their mental maths books to school each day as we will be using them regularly in class. In addition to the mental maths homework, there will be a spelling list each Friday with a short spelling quiz on the following Friday. Groups are currently reading books written by Michael Morpurgo in our daily guided reading sessions. The children will be heard to read by an adult twice each week. The guided reading sessions are also an opportunity to develop comprehension skills and an understanding of grammar. Our class book at the moment is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Mr Lloyd continues to take the class on a Thursday with an energetic afternoon of P.E. So, P.E. kits and water bottles are needed. Our R.E. focus is to think about What Jesus Would Do. We will be developing our understanding of His message and how it relates to our lives. I am enjoying getting to know the children in Dragonfly’s class and look forward to meeting you during the term.
Kind regards,
Mrs Corbett
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