Welcome to Poplar Class

Miss Partington

Year 5 /6 Teacher

Miss Maple

Teaching Assistant

Hello and welcome to Poplar Class! We are a mixed class of year 5 and year 6 children taught by Miss Partington. Miss Maple is our teaching assistant.


Poplar class will enjoy Forest School sessions with Mrs Haddon, every other Wednesday, starting from our first week back to school (4th September). For these sessions, children are asked to bring waterproof clothing and footwear. We will be out in all weather so please send clothes that are suitable for getting muddy!







We are following the FOCUS scheme for English which is based on the in depth study of a book.  Over 5-6 weeks the children will do lots of discussion, role play and writing based on this book.

This term will be reading Journey to Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo.

We will also have weekly grammar sessions, learning and applying the rules of language. These skills will be tested termly and at home practice is encouraged.


Children are encouraged to read widely and regularly. We expect children to read their school book a minimum of 3 times per week. They are rewarded for each time they return their book and signed reading record. Regular reading is an invaluable way to enhance our learning and understanding and so it is extremely beneficial. 


Spellings rules are taught throughout the week. These are based on the Common exception word list for year 5 and 6.  New word lists are sent out on Monday and tested on Friday.  We will also be covering spelling rules based on the year 5 and 6 spelling curriculum. Children will be rewarded for accurate use of these spellings within their school work.


We follow the year 5 and 6 Maths curriculum with each child accessing the appropriate support, strategies and challenge according to their prior learning, attainment and year group.  We focus on one area of Maths each week and the aim is that all children have mastered this by the end of the week.  This will be through practise and consolidation activities including using pictures and resources such as place value counters. We will also complete daily 'Early Bird Maths' activities upon arrival into class. This is an invaluable time for pupils to receive extra support and enhance their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills so please ensure your child arrives punctually and ready to learn!

Each week the children will complete a times tables test.  It is expected that by the time the children are in year 5, that they all have rapid recall of ALL tables facts up to 12×12. Please encourage and support your child with accessing TT Rockstars to help them to practise their tables facts.




Forest School and PE timetable

Over the next term, Poplar class will work with Mr Allen for PE and Mrs Haddon for Forest School. The sessions will run on Wednesday for PE and Friday for Forest School on alternating weeks. Below, you will find the dates for each week, running up to October half term. Please make sure that a PE kit and Forest School kit is brought in for the respective days that your child has each session.

Wednesday 4th September - Forest School

Friday 13th September - PE

Wednesday 18th September - Forest School

Friday 27th September - PE

Wednesday 2nd October - Forest School

Friday 11th October – PE

Wednesday 16th October - Forest School


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If you have any questions or matters that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to make an appointment through Mrs Nicolls in the office or catch myself at the end of the day for minor things – My door is always open.

Miss Partington


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