Welcome to Y5/6AC

I am really looking forward to seeing you all soon and hope you are ready for the jam-packed year ahead! I can’t wait for all of the amazing memories that we are going to make and all of the new things that we will learn and discover together in our Y5/6 team. It’s  going to be an exciting year!

Meet your teacher
Miss Cochrane

Hi, I’m Miss Cochrane and I’m going to be your teacher next year.

I know I’ve met you all (and even taught some of you) before, but I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all even more this year. Here’s a few facts I’d like to share with you about myself so you know a little bit more about me ready for September.

I grew up in a village in the north east called Marske by the Sea, but I’ve now lived in Sheffield for the past 7 years after I came here for university and never left! In my spare time, I love going to the Peak District to explore on walks, and I have recently taken up running- I might need some motivation from all of you to keep it up when winter arrives though. I’m a big reader, anything from adventure, to crime to romance- and I spent a lot of my time in lock down reading books on my Kindle. I also love visiting new places; last year I travelled to Canada where I saw bears in the wild and I rode a camel in Morocco! I am the Maths leader at school and it’s got to be one of my favourite subjects to teach- I especially love tackling really tricky problems that get your brain thinking. I also love the history topics we learn about in UKS2, as I always find myself learning new things alongside all of you! This is my second year teaching Y5/6 and, I must admit, it really is one of the best year groups to be part of!

I’m really excited for our year ahead together and all the fantastic topics, books and experiences we will share. See you soon!

This year’s main topics:

We have an exciting first term planned with plenty of new learning experiences, which will begin with our topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. A geography focus will help us to find out all about the polar regions and their physical features, including glaciers and natural resources.

As well as this, we will delve into the life of a key figure, Ernest Shackleton, learning all about the scientific discoveries made on the extreme polar expeditions that he lead. The work of Nerys Levy will be the inspiration for our art unit this term, as we develop skills in colour mixing and using tones, tints and shades.

In our English lessons, we will explore themes such as courage, bullying, family and friendship through our novel study book, ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio, which will guide us through the life of August Pullman, a ten-year-old boy born with a rare medical condition. The book will provide us with the opportunity to have quality discussions and debates about our own life philosophies, morals and principles that will feed into our many writing opportunities, developing our use of style, viewpoint, language and punctuation.

Class Information

Our classroom will be located in the new building (in my current classroom), alongside the Year 6 class next door. There’ll be more information about our PE days, homework and school visits in September.

Meet Class Y5/6AC Staff
Mrs Angel (Teaching Assistant)

Hi everyone.
If you don’t already know, I’m Mrs Angel and I will be working across years 5 and 6. Just so you know a little bit about me: I have 3 energetic boys that have managed to keep me on my toes for 17 years now in total- one of whom (Noah) is still in year 4 now here at Aston Hall. As well as Noah, I have Zak – who is 15 – and Rhys – who is 17-years-old. Finally, I’m also married to a builder – Jason – which sometimes has its perks because I get things done cheaper, but often leaves me with unfinished work for longer periods of time- which isn’t so good! I don’t often have a great deal of spare time as I like to keep a tidy, clean ship at home, but when I do… I love a spa day, a meal out or shopping trip out with friends or family.

For many years now, I have been working in upper key stage 2 to support not only you, but your wonderful teachers too – they work tremendously hard all year to ensure you reach your full potential! Therefore, my role will be to assist them with that, and in turn, get the pleasure of working alongside you all, either in class or in small groups out of class.

In schooI, I particularly love maths, so any maths worries or misunderstandings then bring them my way. I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting you all in September, getting to know more about those I don’t already know well, and working with you all too. Catch you all soon. – Mrs Angel.

Mrs Martin here. I think most of you already know me from our time spent working together last year alongside Mrs Thompson and I feel I have got to know most of you quite well. However, I thought it would be nice for you to get to know me a little bit. I have 2 children, a boy (Cole) who is now 21-years-old and works with my husband as a builder. Also, I have a daughter(Chelsie) who is 17-years-old and she is currently in year 12 at Aston Academy studying history, psychology and business studies. Both my children attended Aston Hall and were taught at some point by Mrs O’Daly, Mrs Angel and Mrs LB. How lucky were they!

In my spare time, I love to go for walks in the countryside with my husband as we both love to watch the wildlife. Currently, in my garden I am feeding 2 hedgehogs, lots of beautiful birds, 2 mice and 8 squirrels – 4 of which are babies. I’m a bit like Doctor Dolittle! Also, I like to keep fit by trying to squeeze a couple of runs into my busy family life. One of my favourite hobbies is art – if I want to relax I pull out my sketch pad and draw anything, mostly Disney characters, which I like to add to my daily journal. Another one of my hobbies is baking; I especially love baking cakes and over the past years have made wedding cakes for Mrs Rotherforth and Mrs Alderslade. I also baked cupcakes for Mrs LB’s 30th birthday celebration, which were topped with bright red guitars – rock chick!

I have been at Aston Hall for over 10 years now and I have worked across all key stages with year 5 and 6 being my favourite. I am looking forward to working with you all again and helping you all achieve your full potential in year 5/6. I can’t wait to help you create some fantastic memories this year.

Love you all.
Mrs Martin.

Mrs Martin (Teaching Assistant)