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Holbeton Primary School

Holbeton Primary School

Holbeton Primary School

Bigbury Class (Years 5 & 6)

Welcome to Bigbury class' home page!

For the autumn term, our topic is 'Maafa'.

“Our cultural roots are the most ancient in the world. The spiritual concepts of our Ancestors gave birth to religious thought. African people believe in the oneness of the African family through sacred time, which unites the past, the present and the future. Our Ancestors live with us.” 
― Marimba Ani

In the Maafa project, we will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. We will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Year 5/6 will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. We will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. We will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. We will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. We will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Bigbury class will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.

Class information

Our teacher is Mr Armley-Jones. 

In Bigbury class, our learning is never tied to a particular environment. You’ll catch us taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings in forest school, writing instructional texts about our collages in the classroom, taking part in capture the flag at the field or learning how to code and design games in computing.

General Information


Spellings: We use Spelling Shed for our spelling practice at home. To access it, please click here. The expectation is that children will practise their spellings a minimum of 3 times per week.

Times Tables: For times tables practice, we use Times Table Rock Stars which is accessible by clicking this link. Like spellings, the expectation is that children will practise their times tables a minimum of 3 times per week.

Topic: We also provide a list of homework linked to the topic. This is accessible using the class's VLE - Showbie.

Uniform  - Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months and also please encourage your child to bring a named water bottle to school every day.


We are always looking for help in and around the classroom (PE, Art, reading, swimming) so please get in touch if you can lend a helping hand.

Please enjoy more of our photos by clicking here.