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 1&2  2022  Silver Birch Class Information

 To those families new to Silver Birch Class – welcome, and to those already entrenched – great to have you along for the journey again. It will be great to see you at our parent information briefing on Wednesday 14th at 8:40am in Silver Birch Classroom, children will hang up their bags and go straight to the hall for a worship. This should take about 20 minutes and a copy of the PPT will be available on the class information page on the school website for those who cannot make the start-of-year briefing.  Our first parent meetings will take place during the week of 26th September, do look out for a signup sheet on the external door,  and our class residential is from 20th – 21st of October in Swindon, with parents transport children to and from the centre.

Learning Projects

Term 1 Demanding Dilemmas: Do We Deserve A Second Chance? (English, PSHE and citizenship), and attracts visitors such as; local Police Constable and Oxfordshire magistrates). How Do Our Bodies Work? (science), where we look forward to a visit from Dr Tunstill, to support our learning about the heart and circulatory system. Do look out for these visit dates on our class blog on our school website.  Term 2 The Journey Beyond (science, English), which includes a visit from Sue Palmer, a well-respected education writer and children’s novelists. A letter will follow.  What’s inside our Earth? (geography) and Can we live on Mars in the future? (science, PSHE). We will be considering a class trip to the Winchester Science Museum, but this is unlikely to happen with locating a school coach to transport us there and back.

Some useful websites for further learning at home during Term 1 are:  (crime and punishment video) (crime and punishment video) (circulatory system video)

Some useful websites for further learning at home during Term 2 are:

htps://  (Earth and Space)

Please find attached the curriculum overview parent letter.

Curriculum Letters

 Silver Birch Curr Letter T1 2022.docxDownload
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Parent Information

 Silver Birch parent info Term 1 2022.pptDownload
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 PGL Liddington Arrangements for collection.docxDownload
 PGL Liddington October 22.pptxDownload
 Record of medicine administered.pdfDownload
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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


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.