Year 5/6 2020 - 2021

Miss Dunn

After working in law for ten years I realised that my true passion was teaching, as I had been privileged enough to work as a volunteer teaching English as a second language to young children. Following the successful completion of a Masters in Inclusive Education I then completed my PGCE training at Hull University. My first year of teaching was in a Year 1 class in Hull. In September 2015 I was thrilled to be invited to join the wonderful team at Westminster Primary School. I led the EYFS team when I first joined and I am now deputy head teacher here and enjoying teaching our Year 5/6 class.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time walking, canoeing and gentle bike rides!

My door is always open to parents, so please do not hesitate to pop in.

Mrs Spain

I enjoy my role as a TA at Westminster; I have worked across KS2 and occasionally within KS1. Every day is different, new challenges are met by both children and adults. The residential trips are a great experience, and I have been privileged to attend with all year groups over the past few years. So many children (and adults!) have overcome their fears in so many different ways - I can now sail and support a group of children in a canoe with confidence, so that just shows what we can do if we try!
I am part of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association).
Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family and my three grandsons. Watching and hearing the new experiences they are having makes me a very proud Nan. I enjoy reading, visiting new places, and gardening and have even been known to try a bit of DIY. I also run a disco for people with learning, physical and emotional disabilities every week. I feel very honoured to see the enjoyment people have each week with their ever growing circle of friends.

If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact me - I'll be glad to help.

Miss Smethurst

My name is Miss Smethurst and I am a Teaching Assistant. I started working at Westminster Primary School in May 2016.  I thoroughly enjoy working here and the staff and children make every day enjoyable.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, spending quality time with family, socialising with friends, travelling and baking!

Welcome to the Year 5/6 Class Page  

Year 5/6 is such an exciting and incredibly busy year! There is a lot of responsibility and independence expected from the children, but this is great way to support the year 6 children with their transition up to high school and the year 5 children with their move to year 6. There are key roles to take on, such as being an Equality Officer, a Road Safety Officer, a School Councillor and for the year 6 children - Head of School.

There will be many opportunties for the children to develop their learning throughout the year; school trips, representing their school at events, swimming, working with the Boat Museum to name but a few. 


Spring Term 2021

During this current time, we have been asked to move to remote learning. All of the children's learning can be accessed using Google Classroom. There will be a range of daily live lessons which we encourage all children to attend. All of the work children are expected to complete is uploaded daily and all of the resources for each lesson are available on Google Classroom. Some lessons are run as small groups or 1:1 sessions.

A timetable is available on Google Classroom. 



This year we will be following the Pathways to Write scheme of work, developed by the Literacy Company. Pathways to Write  is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units,  provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge greater depth writers are included within each unit of work.

This term's English book will be Arthur and the Golden Rope 

Arthur and the Golden Rope, Corebooks

There will be live English lessons on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.



At Westminster we will now be following Power Maths - Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. ... Built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concept.  All maths lessons are based on the following areas: numbers and the number system, calculations, solving problems, measuring (including time), geometry (shape, space and measure), algebra, ration and proportion.

The children will be working in small groups this term with either Miss Dunn, Mrs Spain or Miss Smethurst. 

Each group is working on different areas of maths in order to address lost leanring and learn new mathmatical concepts.

Power Maths - the whole-class mastery approach that works for ...


Throughout the year, we will be looking to use all 5 ways of being a scientist: research, observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, grouping and classifying and fair and comparative testing. 

This term will be an opportunity for the children to learn all about light, many of the lesson will be very practical which will allow the children to learn through inquiry. WE have ensured that the childrne at home are able to carry out experiments using everyday household objects too

Have a look at our science topic knowledge organiser which will give you an idea what the children will be learning.

History and Geography:

Our topics this term is linked to China:The Shang Dynasty and the children will mainly be developing their historical knowledge through this subject. 

Have a look at our themes topic knowledge organiser which will give you an idea what the children will be learning.



Year 5 & 6 usually enjoy their French lessons in school; why not practise at home too?

Click here to play some French matching games!


Please use the Homework Menu and choose a task/activity each week to complete. These need to be handed in each Wednesday. One of the teaching staff will be available each Tuesday lunch time  should children need access to a computer or books to help complete the homework activity. 

Each half term, pupils will be set a 'Homework Project' to complete.  This is usually a piece of homework that children enjoy completing with support from helpful family members as it is a larger piece and may include model making as well as research and sharing of knowledge.


Reading books and records need to be in school every day. All children will be expected to be changing their book once/twice a week depending on the length of their book.

Pupils should be listened to by an adult at home at least 3 times a week and read daily.


PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Children are to attend school in their PE kit.This must be the correct school PE kit.

We will deleiver live PE lessons ona Monday


We will keep you posted!

SATs Test Paper

Home Learning 


Useful Websites for Home Learning 

All Subjects 

BBC Bitesize

Year 5 Oak National Academy

Year 6 Oak National Academy

Classroom Secrets have provided weekly plans for English and Maths which I have added to the File Manger Tab - however they have now included video links to help you use these with your child. Click on a week and the year group best suited to your child 

Home Learning Packs

Daily Time Table Ideas 

Classroom Secrets home learning timetable

Oak National Academy Year 5


Compare & Order Numbers


Mental Maths

Maths Learning Packs



WhiteRose Learning Pack

WhiteRose Learning Pack


Writing Activities

Writing Activities

Literacy Shed Activity Pack

Literacy Shed Activity Pack - Reading

Reading Activities



Storyhouse online sessions

Action Transport Theatre


Mr Carter Rocks History

North America

Native Americans

Colonial America

American Revolution


North America

North America



Properties of Change

Separating Mixtures




Laws of Motion

Laws of Motion Glossary

Scalars & Vectors


Mass & Weight

Speed & Velocity


Simple Machines


The World of David Walliams

Audible - stories to listen to       (this is free currently) 


Literacy Shed


Have a look at the poetry section on the school website



Online Safety


Music Games

Let's Sing


The Body Coach

10 Minute Wake-up and Shake-up


PE at Home


Anna Freud


Children's Guide to Covid 19

Calm Zone

Religious Education 


Art & Design 

Pablo Picasso



Virtual School Trips 

The British Museum

Longleat Safari park

English Heritage

Knowsley Safari

Chester Zoo

Liverpool Museums

The Albatross Web Page 

Albatross Camera

Awards Assembly

This will take place in our class, unfortunatley parents/carers are not able to attend until further notice. Each week, we select some children from each year group to receive an award in our class celebration assembly (Fridays). 

SATs Booster 


Useful/interesting Links:

Our Twitter account name:  @WestminsterCPS

Our pupils at Westminster have a real interest in the real world around them, which is great!  We often watch Newsround, but here's the link for anyone who's really keen, and would like to continue learning at home: 




Files to Download

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224