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Years 5 & 6 Tamar

Welcome to Tamar Class 2019-2020

Teaching Team

        Mrs M Moloney  (Class Teacher)

                      Mrs. K Sinclair (Teaching Assistant Mon - Fri am)

District Sports will teach P.E Wednesday pm 

Please contact us on the School office email -




If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to us at the classroom door in the morning or after school, otherwise please feel free to make an appointment to see me after school.

Mrs Moloney and Mrs Sinclair smiley




smileyLearning Star Award  mail

Ewan for never giving up in PE.



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Erin- Mai for helping others.






Days to remember

PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon

Home learning will be set on a Friday. Projects are due in on 2/12/2019

Reading records need to be in every day



Important dates:

  • Monday 23rd September Plymouth Raiders will be doing a workshop with Tamar class!






Tamar Class took part in the Mayflower 400 boat building

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Tamar Class took part in the Mayflower 400 boat building 3
Previous Years in Tamar Class

All Creatures Great and Small

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Useful links to support children with Maths and English

Loving Learning 2017-2018


This week the class have been discussing how to banish bullying.  They  discussed how it would make them feel if they were on the receiving end of bullying and what they can do to make sure bullying doesn't happen in the class or the school.  

They watched the short pixar film 'For the Birds' to highlight how cruel bullying can be and how just by watching and encouraging the bully to continue hurting someone else that you are a part of the bullying.

Please ask your child about what they have learnt and discussed.  


Despite the dismal weather, Tamar Class had a very informative experience on our trip to Dartmoor.  The children gained copious amounts of knowledge about the Bronze Age settlements and also about the formation of the tors on Dartmoor.  They will use this to form the basis for their learning over the next couple of months. 

We are now 2 weeks into our 6 week session with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.  The children have been learning about nutrition and this week enjoyed playing football in small teams.  It was great to see some impressive talent and teamwork amongst the class!

This week the class learnt about diet and why it is important to eat healthy foods and have a varied diet.  The children created their own advert to convince people to eat healthy foods using alliteration and came up with their own slogans for example "Perfect Pineapples: Just Eat It" - Rhys.  The children also took part in a dodgeball tournament playing in small teams against each other.

Learning in Tamar 2016-17

Literacy - Writing a balanced argument

Our latest topic has seen the children in Tamar class learning abut the upcoming General Election. We have researched democracy, carried out class debates and found out all about the roles and responsibilities of the politicians in Westminster.

We delved a little deeper into the main political parties and their 2017 manifestos before writing own balanced arguments on the main party policies.  



In literacy this week we have been writing emotive poems using a picture as a stimulus. To build our poems we created word banks filled with nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. 

Once we had crafted our poems we performed our poems outside in the sunshine! Please take a look at the learning wall, some shining examples of our work and some photos of our poetry performance.


Narrative Writing - The Easter Story


Tamar class have been working on sentence structure and creating a 'Rainbow' of sentences to help them write a descriptive version for part of the Easter Story. 

In class we worked together to draft a version of 'The Last Supper' before the children worked independently to write a version of 'The Crucifixion'. 

Here is our working wall and some of the children's work. 


Literacy - Writing a Creation Story




This unit has seen Tamar class planning and writing their very own versions of how the world was created. We had the opportunity to read many different creation stories from all over the world, discuss and analyse the writing devices used and revise and perfect our use of fronted adverbials, relative clauses and using figurative language to help paint a picture in our readers minds. 

Here is our learning journey and an example of a creation story ending as well as an example of our work having undertaken peer and self assessment of the narrative and unit as a whole. 





Creation Unit Learning Wall

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Writing Biographies

During literacy we have been writing a biography about Thomas Edison. Tamar have read lots of different biographies about famous scientists to identify the different features of a biographical text. The children then 'boxed up' key notes they had researched on Edison before using this information to create their final biography. All children were encouraged to use key grammar and punctuation skills learnt during the unit, such as: fronted adverbials; the passive verb form; semi colons and brackets to add extra information to their writing.

Please take a look at our learning wall and a couple of examples of the children's final outcomes.   

PSHE in Tamar

This week has seen visitors from the British Red Cross and Devon and Somerset Fire Service talking to the children in Year 5 and 6. All of Tamar enjoyed a safety talk from our local firefighters based in Camels Head station. Some even enjoyed trying on the safety equipment and clothing used by the fire service.

British Red Cross came in to lead a workshop for Year 6 on 'what it means to be a Refugee', they learnt how we can support children who may come to our school as a refugee and the children had a chance to discuss and understand the difficulties facing many children and adults who are forced to leave their home. A big THANK YOU to our visitors for their rich learning experiences offered to Tamar and a huge WELL DONE to all of the class for their brilliant behaviour and respect. Please take a look at some of the photos from the visits below. 

Firework Poems

Tamar have enjoyed a week of poetry to celebrate Bonfire Night. We read lots of 'Firework' poems to inspire us and identified  imagery-rich language and poetic devices to use within our own poems. Take a look at our 'Learning Wall' which maps our learning journey though this short unit of work.



In Maths this half term we have been focusing on Place Value and Additive Reasoning. The children have undertaken problem solving, completed Maths inquiries as well as actively demonstrating their reasoning and explaining their thinking to explicitly show how they are thinking mathematically. We have investigated the use of the 'Bar Model' to support our understanding of worded Maths problems to ensure we are undertaking the correct calculation. The following website will support the use and learning of the 'Bar Model'.  


Continuing with our Land Ahoy! topic we have been writing pirate narratives and the children have written an opening chapter to a pirate story. The learning steps for this unit supported the children to write using effective character and setting descriptions. 

The English learning wall displays the steps the children took towards their final outcome.




The children have been inventing their own Pirate poems in literacy, using descriptive devices and pirate specific vocabulary, the children have written some fantastic poetry describing the different things you would find on a pirate ship. Take a look at our class 'Piratosaurus'. 

The 'Piratosaurus' helped the children to use specific pirate vocabulary in their writing. We have looked at different descriptive devices such as powerful adjectives and adverbs, alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor and imagery to allow us as writers to paint pictures in our readers minds. Here are a couple of the poems we created...
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Take a look at our Pirate Adventure afternoon!


Last week we launched our topic 'Land Ahoy!' with a pirate adventure on and around the school field. The afternoon provided lots of opportunity for the class to work collaboratively, learn 'pirate' skills (shelter building, fire lighting and map reading) and gain further insight into the lives of pirates past. We had lots of fun learning specific vocabulary and of course talking and dressing like pirates. Here are just a few moments from our afternoon...

Feeling a little bemused by the language of the new spelling, punctuation and grammar curriculum?  This passport might help.
Spring 2 Curriculum Overview and Planning Grid