Year 5/6

Panda class, Dolphin class & Panther class Curriculum Letter

Spring Term 2018

We are Islanders.

English

Through “Boy” by Roald Dahl and “Coming to England” by Floella Benjamin, the children will be learning about autobiographies. The children will have the opportunity to write about an autobiographical account of past memory.

Another area we will be learning about is how to successfully write a balanced argument. The children will be researching information about tourism on St. Lucia and organising it into the positive and negative aspects before carrying out a class debate. They will then use this information to produce their final piece of writing.

Throughout the St. Lucia unit of work, we will be focusing on cultural stories.

Maths

The children will continue to learn maths through the mastery approach. We will begin the term with some lessons looking at multiplication and factor pairs (Y4) and fractions, decimals and percentages (Y5/6). We will continue to improve fluency, develop problem solving and reasoning within a range of contexts including measure.

Learning Journey Knowledge and Skills

Geography

Throughout this term the children will be using maps, atlases, books, photos and the internet to research the differences and similarities between the UK and the Caribbean – with specific reference to the island of St Lucia. Particular aspects that will be looked at include climate, land use, life style and trade.

Science

The children will be learning about materials and their properties and how materials can be changed, including investigations that involve heating and cooling and looking at reversible and irreversible changes. During health week, the children will be learning about digestion (Y4) and the circulatory system (Y5/6), through investigative work. The children will also be learning about light this term and year 4 will be conducting some investigations into sound.

Music

Once a week, Hampshire Music Service will be teaching the children how to play the keyboard. At the end of term the children will be performing what they have learnt in a mini concert.

Art

We will be focusing on teaching the children a range of drawing skills to enhance their knowledge.

This term our topic is Bread making and the children will be designing and making bread fit for Zeus! The children will sample different breads and evaluate their own designs.

Computing

The children will be exploring Databases. Using 2Investigate software, children will create their own databases.

PE

The children will be taking part in Tri-golf (outdoor) and Carnival Dance Sessions (indoor) which will be linked to our topic of St Lucia. In addition to these sessions, Year five will be attending swimming lessons at River Park Leisure Centre.

How you can help at home

Please continue to practise spellings regularly, even if your child no longer brings home a weekly spelling homework sheet. Using Spellodrome and Mathletics on a weekly basis will also support your child’s learning in these areas. Take time to enjoy books, by listening to your child to read to you and sharing stories together to build up the children’s repertoire.  The children are making good progress with their times tables, so please help them by practising.  We find that ‘little but often’ is usually the best approach.  Above all, take time to have a conversation with your child and discuss what they are learning about at school.

Useful information and dates

Thurs 18th Jan Year 5 swimming starts

Wed 31st Jan Year 6 trip to London (Houses of Parliament)

Tues 6th Feb 5pm Yr 6 curriculum meeting for parents

Preparing for SATs 5.30pm Yr 6 School Journey meeting for parents

w/b 5th Mar Arts Week

Mon 5th to Fri 9th Mar Yr 6 school journey to Osmington Bay

Tues 6th Mar World Book Day – dress up as a book character

Fri 9th Mar Yr 5 trip to Southampton Art Gallery

Tues 20th Mar Yr R to 6 Parent –Teacher meetings  3.30pm – 7.00pm

Thurs 22nd Mar Yr R to 6 Parent –Teacher meetings 3.30pm – 5pm

Thurs 29th Mar Yr 5/6 Listen to me concert – keyboards

 

Panda class, Dolphin class & Panther

class curriculum letter 

Autumn 1st half term 2017

We are a Democracy!

English

To begin our topic on The Ancient Greeks, the children will be reading and retelling a variety of different Greek myths and identifying their key features as they go.  The children will use this knowledge to create their own Greek narrative that they will retell others. Later on in the term, we will be exploring instructional and explanation texts linked to our topic and D and T. The children will also be looking at persuasive texts and will take part in a class debate between The Spartans and The Athenians. Spelling and Grammar will remain a high priority and we will be teaching this through SPAG (Spelling, punctuation, and Grammar) sessions each week., linked with our literacy topic where relevant. Our class book this term is ‘Percy Jackson and the lightning thief’ by Rick Riordan.

Maths

We will kick start the term with some lessons looking at place value, problem solving and number based investigations within our classes. Once the children are set, we will move on to more calculation based lessons where children will be working on different aspects of measure and improving their ability to problem solve and reason in a variety of aspects of the curriculum.

Learning Journey Knowledge and Skills

History

This exciting topic looks at the everyday life of The Ancient Greeks. We will be spending time learning about and the concepts of Democracy, justice and legacy. The children will be investigating this aspect of history through a range of books, artefacts, photos and written sources. Additionally, the children will be taking part in a creative history workshop on Thursday 14th September. This will take part in school and will be comprised of a number of engaging activities to enhance our teaching.

Science

The children will be learning to classify living things and will be taking a closer look at micro-organisms as a part of our bread making project.

Music

Once a week, Hampshire Music Service will be teaching the children how to play the Samba drums, At the end of term the children will be performing what they have learnt in a mini concert.

Art

The children will explore how to show movement in their work, creating sculptures of ‘People in Action’. They explore dynamic activities such as sport, as a starting point for making work in two dimensions. From their sketches and using Olympic sport as their inspiration, the children will make clay sculptures.

DT

This term our topic is Bread making and the children will be designing and making bread fit for Zeus! The children will sample different breads and evaluate their own designs.

Computing

The children will be taught all about E-safety; hopefully supported by a visit from our local PCSO. We will also be recapping our PowerPoint skills and learning to use other programmes to create simple animation, such as 2animate.

RE

In our Religious Education lessons, we will be learning all about the Eucharist. In the lead up to Christmas, we will be looking at the two birth narratives and comparing different versions of the birth of Jesus.

How you can help at home

Please continue to practise spellings regularly, even if your child no longer brings home a weekly spelling homework sheet. Using Spellodrome and Mathletics on a weekly basis will also support your child’s learning in these areas. Take time to enjoy books, by listening to your child to read to you and sharing stories together to build up the children’s repertoire.

The children are making good progress with their times tables, so please help them by practising.  We find that ‘little but often’ is usually the best approach.  Above all, take time to have a conversation with your child and discuss what they are learning about at school.

Useful information and dates

Creative History Workshop- 14th September

Please could you send your child in with an old shirt to be worn during our Art/ DT lessons! Many thanks

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