Fox Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6TH

01246 823324

Scarcliffe Primary School

Strive to Shine

Our class is made up of year 5 and 6 pupils, Mr Horton as Class Teacher and Mrs Wigley and Miss Mathison as Teaching Assistants.

This class page is designed to give readers a brief overview of what we are covering in class.  We share more detailed information about what we get up to using the Class Dojo app. Parents can request login details via their child's class teacher.  

Autumn 1 2020

 This term we will spend some time settling back in to life at school.  Our new whole school topic is based on the local area, so we are going to be learning about mining.  Many of the villages around our school were mining communities and many people in your families might have worked in those mines.  

We will be learning:

  • To use map work skills to identify where coal seams are, as well as using 6 figure grid references. 
  • About a timeline related to mining and coal use. 
  • About why coal was important. 
  • What life was like in mines. 
  • About the mining strikes and pit disasters.
  • To consider the future of coal and renewable energy sources. 
  • About the work of the Pitmen Painters. 

Below is a knowledge organiser showing the key knowledge you will know by the end of the topic. 


Our topic is... 

Hola Mexico 

 We will be:

  • Reading and recreating our own versions of the Mexican Cinderella story 'Adelita'. 
  • Learning about the human and physical Geography of Mexico and how this compares to our local area. 
  • Learning about the impact of the Spanish conquistadors who colonized Mexico. 
  • Discovering the cultural heritage of Mexico, with a focus on the Mayan civilisation. 
  • Having a  visit from Portals to the Past. 
  • Considering how important festivals and celebrations are around the world, with a particular focus on Cinco De Mayo and Dia De Muertos. 
  • Creating and researching Mexican inspired Ponchos.  
  • Investigating how materials change under different conditions in our science lessons. 


Our topic is... 

Crime and Punishment 

We will be:

  • Focusing our reading and writing around the book "Holes" by Louis Sachar. We will be creating persuasive adverts for Camp Green Lake as well as writing formal and informal letters in the style of Stanley Yelnats. 
  • Reading,. analysing and performing poems such as "The Highwayman". 
  • Answering the question "When was the worst time to commit a crime?" as we compare the changes in crime and punishment through time. 
  • Debating why people commit crimes as well as the purpose of rules and punishments. 
  • Visiting the National Justice Museum in Nottingham. 
  • Creating desert landscape artwork in the style of David Hockney using pastels and paints.  
  • Analysing the animal classification system created by the scientist Carl Linnaeus. 


Here is a knowledge organiser to use throughout your learning from this term. 



Before the holidays

Our topic was... 


We will be:

  • Investigating what London is like and making comparisons to Scarcliffe.
  • Finding out about things to see and do in London.
  • Looking at ways to travel around London.
  • Planning a journey from school to 2 different attractions in London and back to school.
  • Inventing and creating advertising/marketing for a new open top bus tour of London.


This term will also involve the final push before the SATs (tests) take place for Y6 children during the week beginning 13th May and the residential trip to London for some of the class.

Class 4's Amazing Work... Coming soon! 

Useful Websites:

Needed for a Science lesson this term.  - For recapping ALL of your spellings and SPaG terminology. - For the spelling quizzes set by Mr Horton. - For your homework and other learning opportunities. - For your times tables! - Sign in to complete homework and play against people around the world

Practice your S P A G!

General sentence structure:

Semi colons:

Punctuate the sentences with Comma Chameleon

Master your maths!

Hit the button x tables

Fraction  matcher (tablet friendly)

Decimal jeopardy (add, subtract and multiply decimals).

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