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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 ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom' and we will be looking at this Michael Morpurgo book, which is about a young boy marooned on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean, who is befriended by a Japanese man that has been cast away for 50 years on the island.  This topic lends itself to lots of work on: the stars and planets, detailed map work and the physical geography of Japan, World War 2, and the culture and traditions of the area.  We will be creating lots of artwork which will be based on the wave art of Japan, and also looking at the art of origami and kirigami.  There will be a large focus on the outdoors, including shelter building, treasure hunts, mapmaking and fire building and safety.

We teach literacy through our project where possible, with there will be many opportunities for the children to write at length, developing their grammar, punctuation and spelling. We will be focusing on the author Michael Morpurgo, but we will also be looking at Japanese Traditional stories; such as Setsubun – The story of the Demons and the Farmer.  We will be having various visitors in over the term to give the children a greater insight into the topic, and we are also planning a trip as well.

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 playing cricket, tag rugby and football, as well as archery, curling and goalball.  Upcoming cluster sporting competitions include: football, curling and tag-rugby.

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 in September 2019!



  1. Anning Class Project Planning Diagram Autumn 2018
  2. C5 Spelling Guidance Booklet Autumn 2018
  3. C5 Project Planning Autumn 2018 1
  4. C5 Project Planning Autumn 2018 2
  5. Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 Common Words (1)