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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Fuelling Young Minds for a Brighter Future!


Blue Whales

Welcome to Blue Whales!

We are the brilliant Year 5 and Year 6 class at Poolsbrook Primary. In our class we have Miss Dunkley (class teacher), Mrs O'Neill and Mrs Richardson (teaching assistants).


This year, Blue Whales will participate in swimming which will happen on a Wednesday so children will need their swim kits including goggles. 


Our Learning

This term’s history enquiry question is 'How have our lives been impacted by our ancestors?'. As part of this enquiry question we will learn: 

  1. The Vikings came from the modern Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and travelled using longships.
  2. The Vikings raided places such as monasteries and pillaged expensive items to trade.
  3. They invaded and settled in Scotland before heading south to places such as York. By AD 878 the Vikings had settled permanently in Britain
  4. When the Anglo-Saxons first settled in Britain, there were seven kingdoms, but by AD 878 there was just one kingdom left (Wessex) as the others had been overrun by the Vikings.
  5. King Alfred the Great was the best known Anglo-Saxon king and the first to defeat the Vikings in battle.
  6. AD 1042 – Edward the Confessor became King.
  7. AD 1066 – Harold II tried to stop Harald of Norway from invading England and killed him in the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
  8. The Duke of Normandy, thought he should be king so came to fight Harold in the Battle of Hastings (AD 1066). Harold was shot through the eye with an arrow and died in the battle.
  9. William of Normandy, who became known as William the Conqueror, became King, bringing the Viking and Anglo-Saxon age to an end in AD 1066.


In English we will be using our Talk for writing approach to learn about and write: a flashback story, chronological report, biography and a play script. We will continue to develop our love of reading by reading widely across the curriculum, getting the chance to experience a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction texts. Our class story for this term is '1000 year old boy' by Ross Welford.


In maths, we continue to learn about the relationship between fraction, decimals and percentages.

In science, we have begun learning about light and we will cover:

  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

In PSHE we will be learning about our emotions, emotional literacy and how to self-regulate. 

Important Information

We take fancy dress very seriously!