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John Hellins Primary School

Being the best we can be


Class 5

In Class 5, 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 'Hellins does Hogwarts' and we will be looking at all things Harry Potter, including lots of science, writing based on the books, a study of 'Hedwig' and owls, and an investigation into castles.  We will also be investigating how animals adapt to their environment, creating our own wands and broomsticks from the outdoor area, and holding our own tri-wizard tournament.  We will all be put in to a Hogwarts House, and we will complete several activities in these house - come on the Griffindor!

We teach literacy through our project where possible, with many opportunities for the children to write at length, developing their grammar, punctuation and spelling. There are occasions where we may have a book unit, focusing on a particular author.  This term we will be using several film clips for our writing, The legend of guardians of Ga'Hoole and the first Harry Potter film.  We will also use disgusting tasting sweets, spell writing and a newspaper in the style of Daily Prophet to enhance our writing lessons.

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 have Northants County Cricket coming in to work with us, and also playing tennis in our second session.  Upcoming competitions include: netball, kwik-cricket, rounders and archery.

In Class 5 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.




  1. C5 Spellings Guidance Booklet Summer 2018
  2. C5 Project Planning 1 Summer 2018
  3. C5 Project Planning 2 Summer 2018
  4. C5 Project Planning Diagram Summer 2018
  5. Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 Common Words