Westmere Primary School


Welcome to Portugal Class

Teachers: Mr Davies & Mrs Timmins

TA: Mrs Bailey

Welcome to Year 5 and 6!

Mr Davies teaches Portugal in the mornings and Mrs Timmins in the afternoon. Portugal class is very fortunate as we also have Mrs Bailey as our teaching assistant.

Every week, children are expected to complete a piece of Reading Homework, which can be selected from a variety options from the homework sheet. Homework is expected to be handed in on Thursday and is peer marked in the afternoon. Additionally, children are expected to complete self-led Maths homework improving skills such as mental multiplication (Times Tables Rockstars). At the beginning of each term, a topic-based homework project is set, which allows you to get creative at home with your child! If your child is struggling with their homework, we are available to support them: they just need to ask. Please also ensure your child reads at home, daily, as this is vital to them developing their comprehension of text, widening their vocabulary, and furthering their ability to write well.

Children in Portugal class have PE on a Monday and Friday. On PE days, please ensure children with long hair should have their hair tied up, and any watches or jewellery need to be removed.

Our topic this term is Revolution.

During this term, Portugal will use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself. Then, we’ll write non-chronological reports and biographies using a range of source materials. We’ll write on slates, learn the three ‘Rs’ and take part in cooking, sewing and woodwork lessons, just like a child in a Victorian school. We’ll make popular Victorian dishes and play with Victorian toys. ‘Drill’ activities will have us following instructions to march, stretch and jump in formation. We’ll learn about crime and punishment and find out what life was like in a Victorian slum. How things have changed! We’ll discover what happened during the Industrial Revolution and learn about significant inventions. Copying the style of famous Victorian paintings, we’ll experiment with block printing techniques.