Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Respect, integrity, courage, compassion and hope

Welcome to Silver Birch Class - Year 5 & 6

Mrs Mottram (class teacher) works Monday to Friday; Mrs Walker works Monday to Wednesday morning and Mrs Chapman supports a learner. 

Term 3&4  Silver Birch Class Information

In Term 3 our learning overview is Alpha and Omega, based on Inheritance, Adaptation and Evolution in Science. Our main class text is Skellig by David Almond. In maths we will be focusing on Area, Perimeter, Volume and then Fractions.  We will have a trip to the Oxford Fire Station to complete our Junior Citizenship award and also hope to visit the Natural History Museum in Oxford if possible, to learning about Adapt and Survive - as part of our science unit. We will also have 6 African drumming lessons with Mrs Davies. Year 6 pupils may begin accessing the January onwards SATs preparation materials on the class website (see below). There will also be a parent meeting opportunity in week 6. 

Our Term 4 learning overview is Myths and Legends, based on Ancient Greece in History. Our English texts will vary and mainly be based on non-fiction text extracts. Our maths will focus on Algebra and Geometry. We will hold a dress-up day (Greek costumes please), with some food preparation. You will be invited in to see what we have been learning about and to task our Greek food. There will be a Year 6 SATs parents meeting - please do look out for this. SATs revision learning will begin over the Easter holiday break.  Year 6 pupils may begin accessing the April onwards SATs preparation materials on the class website (see below).

Important dates for Term 4 2023:

  • Sponsored read over half term (two weeks) due 24.2.23.
  • Weight & Measures Y6 only 24.2.23. during school day
  • Boys Who Read 20-24th
  • Visiting story teller 24.2.23.
  • Whole-school trip to Beale Park Tuesday 28.2.23. packed lunch, water bottle, comfortable shoes, school uniform and coat.
  • World Book Day Thursday 2.3.23. costume & a book to recommend to others in our class
  • Families to see writing display in hall Friday 3.3.23 3:20pm
  • £2 contribution towards our Greek food preparation please.
  • STEM gliders with the RAF in school all day 7th March 2023
  • Year 6 parent and pupil SATs info meeting 7.3.23. parents and pupil 3pm in SB classroom
  • Greek day – dress up and food – parents in 3pm 21.3.23. £2 contribution towards food please
  • Church Easter Service – families welcome – 29.3.23. 2pm. Can leave with a parent afterwards.
  • Break-up day Friday 31st at 1pm.
  • Y6s SATs revision home learning 10-4-10 GPS, Reading & maths daily for 10 sessions (Monday to Friday for two weeks).

Please find attached the curriculum overview parent letter.

Curriculum Letters

 Silver Birch Curr Letter T1 2022.docxDownload
Showing 1-1 of 1
 Spring terms 2023 SB Class Curriculum Newsletter.pdfDownload
Showing 1-1 of 1

Enter text...

Parent Information

 Silver Birch parent info Term 1 2022.pptDownload
Showing 1-1 of 1

Thank you for supporting your child with homework. If you would like some tips on how to do that, you may find this website useful

 Key Stage 2 SATs parent PPT 7.3.23..pdfDownload
Showing 1-1 of 1


Each Monday, children write the week's homework in their homework diary. Can a parent please read and sign it at the start of each week.  Monday: read a chapter (Purple Mash online), complete the SPaG questions (sheet provided) and complete the multi-choice quiz;  Tuesday: read the chapter again and complete the opened ended comprehension and sequencing questions (sheet provided);  Wednesday: complete the writing task (sheet provided) and revise spellings, read your book if time; Thursday: complete the maths task (sheet provided) and read your book; and Friday: revise spelling, read your book and practise your mental maths skills. There may be additional French or RE from time-to-time. Children should set aside at least 30 minutes per day to complete their home learning.

Home learning


  1. Set aside a regular time and a quiet place to do homework.
  2. Ensure access to online resources Serial Purple Mash or Conquer Maths, as required.
  3. Ensure children understand the task before encouraging them to complete it independently and have the adequate resources e.g. paper, pencil, pen, writing target, reading record.
  4. Check completed work with your child, offering support and giving praise for effort in Growth Mindset (independence, resilience, learning from mistakes and thinking around a problem).
  5. Ensure your child completes and returns the homework on time.


Children should read every day, and it is still important, even if they are able to read by themselves, that they still read to an adult, or are read to by an adult. We would appreciate you having 'book talk' discussions with your child in order to develop their enjoyment of reading and their comprehension and word skills. You may find these links useful in guiding you on reading for pleasure and supporting your child at home: or .

Above are some question stems to assist you with this (Vipers KS2). If you are looking for suitable books then this website may be helpful:

Subscribed Resources

Please don't forget to use Conquer Maths, as often as possible with your personal login in. Purple Mash logins are for home learning tasks.