Mr Cruse

Class Teacher

Herons is home to Year 5 & 6 children. Our amazing teaching assistants are Mrs Cavill and Mrs Chapman.


Our topic for this term is 'The Vikings'. For part of this, we will be going to the National Maritime Museum and taking part in two Viking workshops. Please find the topic knowledge organiser at the bottom of this page for more information about the content of this exciting topic.


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 half term are;


Converting Measurements

Area and volume


 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. 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 writing warning stories and speeches. We will also practise and improve our grammar and punctuation on a regular basis.


To begin with, we will be focusing on e-safety discussing how to stay safe when using technology. For the reminder of the term, we will be learning how to handle data on Microsoft Excel and how to use formulae to make calculations.



This half term's science unit is 'Changes and properties of materials'. We will cover a range of practical experiments linked to materials and properties, focusing on evidence based investigations which challenge our scientific thinking. Science Week will also take place this term. During this week, we will visit the university and go pond dipping, taking part in workshops led by Generation Wild and the City Wave Project, and exciting going inside the planetarium!


Design and Technology

In design and technology, we will be designing, constructing and evaluating our own model replcia viking longships.


Physical Education

PE this half term will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Tuesday, the children will be taught by a member of staff from Penryn College, focusing on their teamwork and tactical awareness in game situations. On Wednesdays, the children will take part in 'street dance & zumba', led by an external provider.



We follow the Jigsaw scheme at Mabe. This term, we will be considering and discussing the topic 'Healthy Me'. 



Our focus question in RE is 'Why is the Torah so important to Jewish People?'


Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish

In Spanish this term, we will be learning the vocabulary needed to talk about our family.


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. Some children in Year 6 who consistently show the positive qualities of an excellent role model, will be awarded with a prefect badge and be given the privilege of additional responsibilities around school.


Homework will set every Friday and will be due in on or before the following Wednesday. Each week, your child will receive some spellings to learn (and practise on Spelling Shed), a piece of maths and a piece of English. Your child will be tested on their spellings every Wednesday. 

In addition to this, we would like your child to read at home regularly and practise their times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars. We will continue to monitor reading records and will award dojos to the children who read regularly :-)

Class Dojo

We will continue to use our Class Dojo system in school, where the children can earn points for a variety of positive things. For every 25 dojo points that your child earns, they will receive a prize from the class prize box :-) 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.


Other Information

  •  Please refer to the school uniform policy which outlines the school uniform and PE kit that the children need to wear.
  • Please name your child’s clothes, bags etc
  • Each morning, the children are welcome to come into the classroom any time between 8.45am and 9am. Registration will take place at 9am.
  • The school day ends at 3.15pm
  • As part of my wider responsibility as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Safeguarding Team at Mabe, I will often be out of the classroom for part of the day on Wednesdays. Mrs  Kent will teach the children during this time. Mrs Malone will teach the Herons on Friday afternoons, to cover my planning and preparation time.
  • Your child is welcome to bring a healthy snack and a water bottle into school each day. 
  • Pencil cases are optional :-)