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John Hellins Primary School

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Anning Class

In Anning Class, we fully embrace the new Primary Strategy and through it we teach a wide, interesting and challenging curriculum.  Our projects are influenced by the children's interests, and highly skilled teaching ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives across the year and over time.  Our projects run for the entire term and involve exciting opportunities including trips, visitors, engineering days, 'Wow Days' and dress-up days.

Our current project is ‘Anning in Wonderland’ which is an investigation into the life and times of Lewis Carroll and his books, including Alice in Wonderland.  We will be looking at his life, and the major events that happened during his life time, a study of an ancient civilisation, and looking at the magnificent game of chess.  This topic lends itself to lots of science work, from looking at the forces that act upon us, the different changes that the children will experience over the next few years, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the construction of electrical circuits. We will be creating lots of artwork, which will be based on the surrealists (Dali and Picasso), Bridget Riley and Aboriginal art. 

We teach literacy through our project where possible, there will be many opportunities for the children to write at length, developing their grammar, punctuation and spelling. We will be writing character profiles of the main characters, adventure stories about entering a hole, and nonsense poems such as The Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the carpenter. 

This term we have our Summer Fete and Maypole dancing, Residential, sports day, SATs party, and Tesco Food Workshops.  We will also have numerous visits from representatives from the children’s secondary schools and several transition days to help the children gain a greater insight into their life from September, and we are also planning a trip for later in the year.

Mathematics where possible is linked to our project and covers the curriculum for years 5 and 6. We teach maths in practical and exciting ways to deepen the children's understanding, ensuring that the children master the skills with fluency, being able to use reason and apply their skills.
This term in PE we will be cricket and athletics.  Upcoming cluster sporting competitions include: cricket, rounders and hockey.

In Anning Class we always ensure that the children have an amazing and fun time before the Year 6 children head off to start their next adventure in secondary school starting in September 2019!


  1. Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 Common Words (1)
  2. Anning Class Project Planning Spring 2019 1
  3. Anning Class Project Planning Spring 2019 2
  4. Spelling Guidance Document Booklet 2019
  5. Anning Class Spelling Guidance Booklet Spring 2019
  6. Reading Guidance Booklet Sept 2018
  7. Reading Guidance Booklet Sept 2018
  8. Anning Class Project Planning Diagram Spring 2019