Welcome to Chestnut Class – Years 5 and 6

Class Teacher: Mr Robert Clark (email: rclark@bethersden.kent.sch.uk)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Alison Smith (Year 6)

New Class arrangements in Term 6

We are reorganising classes and changing classrooms!  Year 6 will move full time to their ‘Conker’ classroom, under the direction of Miss Burnett, and will launch themselves into preparations for their end of school production.

All Year 5 pupils (currently split across Chestnut and Oak) will combine and relocate to the main building with Mr Clark.  This will allow them to ready themselves for their final year in Bethersden and for their transition to secondary school in 2018.  There will be high expectations of them as Year 6 pupils as they will occupy leadership roles, such as house captains, ‘buddies’ and Head Boy/Girl.

Summer Topic – Comparing People and Places

We are continuing our ‘Comparing people and places’ topic into Term 6, but have changed our plans slightly and will be looking at Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. We are now working with one of our former members of staff, Mr Emery, to strike up a pen-pal project with the children at the PED Academy, where he now teaches.  For more information on the PED Academy follow http://pedacademy.cz/en/about-pedacademy


In Term 6 we will be preparing for our Sports Day by studying Athletics.

 Please note that PE this term is on a Tuesday afternoon.


Accurate spelling is core to the new curriculum.  The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.  The word list of Years 5 and 6 can be accessed via the link in ‘Useful Documents’, below.  It would really help children if parents/carers could practise these spellings with them.

Times Tables

Children in Years 5 and 6 should be proficient in all their tables up to the 12 times table.  Times Tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps forms the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with number. Once children have learnt their times tables by heart, they are then able to work far more confidently – and efficiently – through a wide range of more advanced calculations.   There is a multitude of web-based programs to help with this learning at home, most of which are free.

Top Marks interactive times tables games.


Computing (previously known as ‘ICT’) has deep links with maths, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.  At Bethersden, we have a range of resources (including laptops and tablets) to help us achieve the computing programme, and I am using a number of educational packages to assist pupil learning across the whole curriculum.  Some of these programmes allow assignments to be set, both as in-school and home learning activities.  All children in Chestnut class have been given log-in details for use at school as part of their lessons and at home, if they wish.

We have purchased a number of BBC micro:bit computer starter kits for use in Computer Club.  The micro:bit is an educational and creative tool to inspire a new generation of young people. It can be used across the curriculum, not just in STEM subjects. It can help give young people the knowledge and skills to move from being consumers of digital information, to being designers and creators of new tools to enhance learning, to solve problems or just to have fun, enabling them to make the most of 21st Century life and the economy.  If successful, we will be purchasing more of these and introduce them into the class computing lessons.


Home Learning

We will be setting homework each week and I hope you will support the children with this.  I like to keep it simple and link it to the following week’s activities.  Apart from the spellings and times tables, which are compulsory, the work is voluntary.  I would also ask you to encourage your children to read to you at home daily and for you to sign their reading logs.  It doesn’t have to be a book – it can be a magazine article  or an item on the internet, providing it is appropriately challenging,

Homework sheets – now in PDF format – can be viewed on smartphones/tablets

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Useful Documents
English Spelling words – Years 5 and 6

Useful Links

DB Primary Bethersden link

BBC Newsround
Education City Your child will need his/her log-in details to access this.
SPaG Online Your child will need his/her log-in details to access this.
Principia Space Mission
Kingswood activity centre, Ashford. Details of location and activities.

Chestnut Class Activities

Year 5 ‘Off-Plan week’ – Team building and making bottle-rockets.


Year 6 activity week – at Mr Clark’s gym (Park Club, Ashford).


Easter Passion Play and World Book Day.

Beach debris artwork and ‘market testing’ buzz-wire games.


Constructing model Anglo-Saxon houses.

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Maths investigations – part of Maths Week, 26-30th September.

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p1060211  Celebrating our work in the weekly Achievers Assembly

Science experiment – Forces

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(Below) Harvest Festival at St Margaret’s Church       Joshua (Year 6) receives his Kent cricket trophy

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