Mr Cruse

Class Teacher

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


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;


Place value

The 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)


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 begin by writing persuasive letters, before going onto writing 'losing tales' (a story where someone or something gets lost). We will also practise and improve our grammar and punctuation on a regular basis.

Other Information

  •  PE will take place each Tuesday and Wednesday.
  •  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 :-)
Knowledge Organisers
Please find Heron's topic and science knowledge organisers below to see what you child will be learning during the course of this half term.


Our topic for this term is 'Mabe vs Penryn'. During this topic, we will study our local area from a geographical point of view and improve our map reading skills whilst exploring.


We will continue to 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 a new addition, Spanish!


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, whilst improving their computing skills.

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 set every Friday and will be due in on or before the following Wednesday. Each week, your child will receive some spellings to learn, a piece of maths and a piece of English. Your child will be tested on their spellings every Wednesday. The first piece of homework will be set on Friday 17th September.

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 :-) The children will be given a reading book to take home by the end of the first week back.

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.