This term we will be learning…
Our class reader for this half term is ‘White Fang’. We will be exploring the powerful figurative language that Jack London uses in his writing to create mood and atmosphere. This will be used to develop the pupils’ use of mood and tension in their own fiction writing. The children will also be developing their creative skills by writing vivid descriptions, using techniques such as expanding on noun phrases, creating themes for cohesion and by being selective with their language choices. In addition to this, children will experiment with the use of dialogue and punctuation, including the use of a semi-colon, dash and colon, when writing their own chapter befitting to White Fang.
We will be continuing to learn a variety of spelling rules through exploration including more rules for adding suffixes and prefixes to words, rules for where to apply an apostrophe and a hyphen and which homophone should be used (e.g. witch/which).
To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing. To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.
During the children’s time in year 6, we aim to further develop and deepen fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, building on what the children have previously learnt. Through providing various opportunities, the pupils will be able to explore a variety of problems using their reasoning skills to help them confidently explain and solve different challenges. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a strong mathematical thinker.
This half term we will be covering a range of mathematical concepts. We will be focusing on our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages, and the relationship between them; area and perimeter and algebra. We will also be looking at a variety of statistics including interpreting data in line graphs, pie charts and timetables.
To support your child at home, please encourage your child to go on Times Tables Rockstar or practise their times tables alongside the division facts. We would also encourage your child to be using their revision books to consolidate and concepts we have been working on in class.
Science – Light
In Science, we will be looking at Light. The children will be exploring how light travels through the use of scientific equipment and resources. We will then investigate how objects are seen with our eyes whilst developing their understanding of the colour spectrum. Finally, the children will be expanding on their previous learning of shadows (in Year 3); looking at the size, shape and position.
Topic – Living on the Edge!
During this term, to build on the pupil’s learning from Spring 1, we will be exploring the famous volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. We will be using a variety of sources to apply both our geographical skills and historical skills to build our knowledge of this event before we then apply this to a recount.
Based upon the research we will carry out, we will be focusing on sculpting in Art and DT where we will be able to recreate a natural disaster using a variety of materials.
PE – Tennis
This half term the pupils will be practicing their hand-eye coordination skills by playing tennis. We will be learning a variety of skill to control the ball as well as developing tactics to use for competitive play.
RE – Resurrection
In R.E., we will be exploring the concept of ‘Resurrection’ in the context of Christianity and how this religious belief shapes the lives of these individuals and communities. Through exploring the Easter story, pupils will begin to understand what resurrection means to Christians and how it can be an important element in other areas.
In French, the children will build on their learning of how to read and pronounce French sounds accurately. Using the work we have done with phonics, we will be learning how to hold a conversation about things we do at the weekend. First, by learning how to tell the time in French, then by learning the names of common hobbies.
This half term, in Music, we will be exploring the topic ‘Roots’ which explores mini musical performance. Pupils will be singing a traditional Ghanaian song, devise rhythmical actions to music and developing a performance of a musical.
PSHE – Relationships
This half term in PSHE, we will be exploring prejudice and discrimination through discussion around different scenarios. The pupils will be identifying what classes as discrimination and the language around this as well as how to cope with discrimination and who to report it to. They will also to learning about how to identify different people’s emotions and how to deal with this.
This half term, the children will be learning about one of the earliest computing languages: binary! They will learn how a computer can read a series of 1s and 0s and turn them into a comprehensible language.
Dates for the Diary!!!
Trips, Workshops and Experiences
Wb. Monday 13th May 2019
Monday 17th – Friday 21st June 2019
Year 5/6 Sports Day
Secondary School Transition week
Leavers’ Performance to Parents
16th July (pm and after school)
Please look out for letters nearer the time to find out more information about these fantastic opportunities!
PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Please ensure that your child can either remove their earrings or provide tape to cover earrings to prevent any injuries occurring.
Please practise your new spellings ready to be tested in class. It is important that you understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence. As well as practising any new words, you must continue to practise your Year 5 spellings as well.