Mr Cruse

Class Teacher

Herons is home to Year 5 & 6 children. Our amazing teaching assistant is Mrs Cavill.


We will be continuing with the White Rose mastery approach when teaching maths, so the children have a broader understanding of mathematical concepts. The areas covered this term are;




Revisiting previous areas of maths is vital in ensuring that children don’t forget what they have learnt previously. The children will be given regular opportunity to revisit past learning, so if there are any areas that your child is finding challenging, they can be addressed as necessary. Times table facts will also be assessed regularly. Throughout the year, the children in Year 6 will be supported with the essential skills and knowledge to help them with their end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests.


Our English curriculum is closely linked to our topics this term. We will be starting my learning about traditional Mayan stories and will then later move onto creating our own non-chronological reports.

Children will have a weekly spelling test and practise grammar and punctuation on a regular basis.

Other Information

  •   PE will take place each Wednesday.
  •   Please refer to the school uniform policy that has been uploaded to the school story on class dojo by Mrs Jenkins, which outlines the school uniform and PE kit that the children need to wear.
  •   Please name your child’s clothes, bags etc
  •   The Heron’s school day begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.25pm (excluding Friday when school closes at 1.05pm).


Our topic for this term is 'Marvellous Maya'. We will cover a variety of subjects focusing on specific skills.  We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting and challenging. Subjects include History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and technology, PSHE, Computing, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and French.

Online safety is incredibly important in today’s world.  We teach a separate unit every half term so children are regularly taught how to stay safe online.

Expectations in Herons


Children are expected to be polite, respectful and hard working always. We pride ourselves on having high expectations in all areas of school life and encourage children to take pride in their work. Independence and organisation are important skills in Key Stage 2 and children are frequently encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. We create an environment where perseverance, determination and resilience are all highly valued. Being the older children in the school, the children in Herons are expected to be positive role models for children in lower year groups.


Homework will be sent home each Friday and will be due in on or before Wednesday the following week. Each week, your child will receive some spellings to learn, some maths (every week) and some English (fortnightly). Your child will be tested on their spellings every Thursday.

In addition to this, we would like your child to read at home regularly. We will continue with the Reading Karate bands in school, rewarding children for their regular practise. A chart of the children’s progress is displayed in the classroom to celebrate their successes.

Class Dojo

We will continue to use our Class Dojo system in school. Children will receive points for being a good role model, displaying good behaviour, completing exemplary pieces of work, putting in great effort amongst many other positive reasons. Parents will also be able to contact Mrs Jenkin or I directly, should they have any questions or comments. Please also look for news and updates on both the school story and the Heron’s class story.