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Dunkirk Primary School

Dunkirk Primary School

Class and Curriculum Information

Welcome to Banyan Class

Please use entrance and exit Gate 3. Start time is 8:40. Finish time is 2:45

What are the expectations in Banyan class?



Great behaviour for learning will be rewarded with 'Track-it Light' points and Dunkirk PRIDE.

Reading should happen daily with reading records updated regularly.

Year 5/6 spellings (found in the back of reading diaries) should be learnt weekly - tested on Friday.

PE is on Friday afternoon - come to school in your PE kit.

Homework is posted on Class Dojo every Wednesday and Friday.

Get ahead of the crowd and COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY!


Have a look at Banyan's welcome message for new admissions to the class:





Click on the video below to find out more about life in Banyan class.




On this page is also:

* An overview of autumn term's learning in Banyan;

* A typical week in Banyan;

* A typical day in Banyan class.

Scroll down and have a look


If you want to find out more, contact me through Class Dojo.


Banyan class' summer curriculum overview:







Banyan class' autumn curriculum overview - English, maths, science and theme


English: The Golden Age of Islam

Maths: Power Maths Scheme Science: Theme:

Big Read: Fiction Warning Tales

Text: 1001 Arabian Nights with a focus on the Tale of Ala al-Din

Text: The Walk – A Warning Tale

Text: Report on The Golden Age of Islam


  • War Poetry (Remembrance Day)
  • The Christian Nativity

Reading focus:

Comprehension questions:

  • Find and copy (retrieval)
  • Interpreting vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Purpose and organisation

Writing tasks:

Narrative – warning story writing

  • Expanded noun phrases
  • Multi-clause sentences with relative clauses
  • Commas / brackets around relative clauses


Non-chronological report writing

  • Multi-clause sentences with relative clauses
  • Punctuation: commas / brackets / dashes

Newspaper report writing

  • Multi-clause sentences with relative clauses
  • Variety of punctuation: commas / brackets / dashes / semi-colon


Year 5/6 key words

Place value

  • Reading & writing numbers up to 10 million
  • Rounding
  • Ordering
  • Comparing
  • Negative numbers
  • Mental calculations with numbers up to 10 million
  • Written problems with numbers up to 10 million
  • Addition written methods
  • Subtraction written methods
  • Long division written methods (four digits divided by two digits)
  • Common factors, common multiples, prime numbers

Four Operations:

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division


  • Short and long written methods


  • Using representations and diagrams


  • Factors, multiples
  • Squares and cubes
  • Prime numbers



  • Equivalent fractions
  • Comparing and ordering fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Problem solving
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions


  • Thermal conductors
  • Insulators
  • Circuits
  • Switches



  • Galileo and Newton
  • To understand why scientists changed our understanding of forces
  • Gravity and its power
  • Up-thrust
























The Golden Age of Islam:

  • The role of Baghdad in the early Islamic empire
  • Differences between Islamic empire (Baghdad) and Europe in the Dark Ages (London)
  • The House of Wisdom
  • Islamic empire and medicine
  • The first four caliphs
  • Islamic art
  • The Islamic empire as a major world power




















Weekly Timetable in Banyan

This is what a typical week looks like in Banyan class


Daily Timetable

This is what a typical day looks like in Banyan class