Welcome to Lakenheath Community Primary School

Koala Class - Year 5&6


Welcome to the Koala Class Page.
Koala class has a mix of children from years 5 and 6 and is taught by Mrs. Knight and Mrs. Merrill.
English: Our English work comes from the Power of Reading scheme. Varied writing tasks are set every week which are connected to the books we study in class. Some of these books include: Rose Blanche; Matchbox Diary; Shackleton's Journey; Floodland; The Viewer
Lesson time is put aside each week to teach spelling and grammar which are important elements of the year 5/6 curriculum. Each child is given a new set of spellings each week from our 'No nonsense spelling' scheme to learn for a dictation test the following week. Children are issued a home/school communication diary for children to practise in and record their daily reading homework.
Maths: Children from Koala class are split for Maths lessons across Year 5/6 to ensure they are taught at an appropriate level and all gaps in learning are addressed. If you would like to find out what your child is learning at any point in the year, all the teaching blocks are on the school website.
PE: We have two sessions of PE during the week (Usually on Mondays and Thursdays). Children are expected to come into school wearing their PE kit. Please see our PE curriculum page on the school website for the areas of PE we cover.
Reading: Group reading comprehension sessions take place during the week and each child will work with an adult at least once a week. We will also be reading to the class from a book which fits well with our current topic. Accelerated Reader is used for Reading in Year 5/6. It is able to assess your child’s reading age and then recommends suitable books for them. Daily sessions are set aside each day in school for silent reading and for the children to take quizzes when they finish books.
Topics: Our Year 5/6 curriculum has a humanities (Geography or History) focus. We have a two year rolling cycle and our topics include:
Cycle A: (2020-21 / 2022-23) WW2 - A history focus comparing life in London and a local study of Lakenheath during WW2. Children also learn about the role of Women and Black History in WW2. Ancient Kingdom of Benin - A historical and geographical focus about life in the Kingdom of Benin Extreme Earth - A geographical focus where children learn about plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and extreme weather
Cycle B: (2021-22 / 2023-24) Sustainable Earth - A geographical focus on natural distribution of resources, protecting our planet and renewable and non-renewable energy Invaders and Settlers - A historical study focussed on the Anglo-Saxons and the impact of the Viking invasions Victorians - A historical study focussed on life in Victorian times and the impact of the Industrial Revolution
Homework – is set each week and is due back on the following Tuesday. Children who are unable to complete and hand their homework in on time will have an opportunity during lunch time to complete this work. As well as spellings, times tables and reading, homework consists of either a maths or reading comprehension related task. Thank you for ensuring your child completes their homework each week.
Communication Please note that children’s mobile phones should not be switched on when on school premises. They will be collected in by class teachers at the start of the day, locked in the office, and then returned to them as they leave school.
Your child’s diary is a quick and easy way to communicate with staff if you wish. We are always available at the end of school if there are any concerns you have about your child or you can ring the school office to make an appointment.
African Masks
Please see below some examples of the lovely African Masks designed and decorated by Koala class.
Happy puzzle company
On Wednesday we were visited by the puzzle company who challenged us to work as a team to solve a series of puzzles. Most of the tasks appeared easy when they were given out but we soon realised they needed thinking about and most things took a while to solve.  The children had a fun time working on the projects and got a great sense of achievement when they solved each one.