GREENIE’S GENIES!          

   It's The  Term!  

Welcome to Class 9 - The Genies!

This year promises to be a very exciting and memorable experience for all the members of class 9. The children will have lots more responsibility within class and around school.

      Alongside this, I will expect them to work extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum, so that they make the necessary progress to make the transition to high school an easier process.

      Our theme this half term is called Friend or Foe linking to our World War two topic, where the children will especially focus on how children were affected by the war.

In Literacy our class book will be 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo, which focuses on a boy’s experience of evacuation in Devon. Writing activities will link to this with diaries, historical stories, poetry and biographical writing all being experienced. We will also be referring to extracts from Anne Frank’s diary and looking at other primary source evidence using film and radio archives.

      Michael Morpurgo                    Anne Frank (1929-1945)

We will be focusing on achieving our SPAG targets and high emphasis will be placed on key grammar and punctuation targets with a weekly skills test based on this to show progress. Spellings will be focused on 3 x weekly in short 10 minute lessons with 5 spellings focused on each time based on a spelling focus. This will culminate in a weekly homework task and a weekly and half termly test to show progression.


                The children will have a wealth of reading activities with a focus on word knowledge building, inference and text retrieval. This will be done on a daily basis as a whole class guided read to ensure that progression in reading is achieved for all. 'Word of the Day' will be a daily occurrence to broaden their vocabulary knowledge for the rest of the curriculum.

Please ensure you hear your child read at home every night and sign their reading logs with your comments on their reading and understanding as they will be rewarded daily by dojos for their effort.

In History the children will investigate the causes of World War 2 and the impact on Britain and Europe. In particular we will focus on the effect on children and how their lives are changed by evacuation and persecution using Anne Frank as evidence. They will learn how to use primary and secondary source evidence and form interpretations based on this.


In ICT children will carry out research using the internet and will then use their understanding to produce fact sheets and power-points. They will use formatting skills such as cut, copy and paste, fonts, sizing of letters and borders to improve their work.


In Art the children will learn about colour mixing and the use of silhouettes. They will also look at how pop art is used by demonstrated by artists and learn to use the skills and techniques in their own pop art work.


In Science we will learn about how light appears to travel in straight lines, how light sources travel to our eyes and how the eye parts function, how shadows occur and how reflection and refraction occur. Work will be practical with investigational group work used to plan, carry out and evaluate fair tests.



Maths will involve the study of many objectives -


Addition and place value

Place value in 6-digit numbers (PV additions/subtractions).

Add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s, 1000s, 10,000s and 100,000s.

Place 6-digit numbers on a line and compare pairs of numbers, use < and >.            

Revise using column addition to add pairs of 5-digit numbers with 5-digit answers.

Use column addition to add pairs of 5-digit numbers with 6-digit answers.

Addition and number

Understand place value in numbers with three decimal places.

Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.

Place three place decimals on lines, round to the nearest 0.01, 0.1 or 1, Compare two numbers.

Add 2 or 3 amounts of money using column addition; Use using rounding to check answers..

Add 2 or 3 numbers with two decimal places in a measures context, e.g. metres; Use rounding to check answers.

Addition and subtraction

Add several prices, then use frog to find change from £20, £50 and £100. 

Use Frog to subtract amounts of money.

Revise using column subtraction (decomposition) to subtract pairs of 5-digit numbers.

Use column subtraction (decomposition) to subtract 3-digit numbers and 4-digit numbers from 5-digit numbers.

Choose whether to use counting up (Frog) or column subtraction (decomposition) to work out given calculations (5 digits).

Shape and Multiplication

Classify and sort quadrilaterals.

Name parts of circles (radius, diameter, circumference) and know diameter is twice radius.

Revise angles around a point on a line, find missing angles.

Know the totals of angles in triangles and quadrilaterals; Find missing angles.

Find that opposite angles are equal; Find angles in polygons.

Multiplication and Fractions

Find common multiples and factors.

Find numbers that have a pair of prime factors.

Find equivalent fractions; Simplify fractions using multiples and factors.

Compare and order fractions with unrelated denominators.

Find unit and non-unit fractions of amounts

Place value and Multiplication

Place 5-digit numbers on a line, round to nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Place 6-digit numbers on a line and round to nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 or 100,000.

Revise using short multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by single-digit numbers; Round to approximate answers.

Revise using short multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by single-digit numbers; use rounding to approximate answers.

Revise using short multiplication to multiply 4-digit amounts of money by single-digit numbers.

Fractions, Multiplication and division

Recognise fraction and decimal equivalents.

Use short division to divide 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 1-digt numbers and by 11 and 12with fraction parts of answers, e.g. 23¾.

Use short division to divide 3- digit and 4-digit numbers by 1-digt numbers and by 11 and 12, with fraction parts of answers, e.g. 23¾ as 23.75.

Solve division word problems (including answers with fractions); Round up or down after division.

Use short division to divide 3-digit by 1-digit numbers and by 11 and 12; Round up or down.

Place value and subtraction

Count on and back in steps of 0.001 and 0.01.

Add and subtract multiples of 0.1, 0.01 or 0.001.

Add/subtract multiples of 0.01 to/from numbers with two decimal places, crossing multiples of 0.1.

Subtract pairs of numbers with two decimal places using counting up (Frog).

Subtract numbers with one or two decimal places by counting up from the smaller to the larger number (Frog), e.g. 2.76 – 0.83 or 13.4 – 2.76.

Measures and data

Convert between grams and kilograms, millilitres and litres.

Convert between metres and kilometres; know approximate conversion between miles and km; draw line graph and read intermediate points.

Know regularly used imperials units and approximate metric equivalents.

Calculate time intervals using the 24-hour clock and add lengths of time.

Read timetables using the 24-hour clock; calculate time intervals (at least 3 hours).


Recognise nets for a cube.

Recognise and build pyramids and prisms, making nets.

Compare and order fractions with unrelated denominators; Use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.

Add fractions with unrelated denominators.

Subtract fractions with unrelated denominators.

Addition and subtraction/ Multiplication and division

Use grid multiplication to multiply 3-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.

Use long multiplication to multiply 3-digit numbers by numbers between 10 and 20.

Use long multiplication to multiply 3-digit numbers by numbers between 20 and 30.

Choose how to solve a mix of +, -, × and ÷ mental and written calculations.

Choose which operations(s) are necessary to solve single-step and multi-step word problems.

Daily mixed morning work will be done by the children during register time which will reinforce and enrich previous work done.

The children will focus on a weekly arithmetic task, which will take 30 minutes on the set methods of number work to enable the children to try and achieve the expected standard by the end of year 6. The class will also do weekly skill tests to test knowledge and understanding and to inform future learning targets.


The children will be given a weekly spelling homework sheet on words which they will have been focusing on all week. This will be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. A homework task (related to classwork) will be given on a Monday to be completed by the Monday of the following week (this may change sometimes according to the task) Please ensure that you sign your child’s homework book to say that the task has been completed. Reading should be done each night and dojo awards will be given for this on a daily basis.


Games and P.E.

                Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit for every lesson. P.E. will be on a Monday and games will be on a Thursday. Games will be rounders and netball, which will both be outdoors so a games kit will be needed for both.


Please feel free to come in at any time if you have any concerns regarding your child, my door is always open.

                                   Mrs S. Greenhalgh

Dates for your diary for the 1st half of the Autumn Term;-

Friday 16th October - School closes for the half-term holiday.

Monday 2nd November - School reopens for the 2nd half of the Autumn Term.



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