At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Rockliffe Manor we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Year 5

This term, Year 5 will be continuing to explore our global theme of sustainable development. We will use our new core text ‘Flush’ by Carl Hiaasen. This great book is about a young boy who is trying to prove crimes against the environment have been committed by a business man in his town. The children will be reflecting on how important water is in our lives, both locally and globally. We will be reflecting on our own use of water and access to clean water around the world. The half term will end with a project that will see the children raising money for a chosen water charity through a sponsored walk.  We will be using infographics to identify water scarcity around the world. In Science, we will be furthering our understanding of water byinvestigating PH and bacteria levels in bottled water. We will use our maths learning to display our investigation results in a graph.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children’s’ understanding of statistics. We will be extracting a variety of information from graphs and tables.  We will be exploring different ways that we can represent data such as line graphs, pie charts and bar charts. We will use this learning to investigate the impact of our sponsored walk.

Art: In our art lessons the children will be creating a piece of art inspired by Monet’s charing cross bridge painting.  We will be practising the style of impressionism and using oil pastels and paint to create a cityscape.  

RE: This half term, We will be learning about Christianity. The children will be learning about Christian places of worship and Christian religious festivals and celebrations.

PE will take place twice a week.

Our author focus for this half term is Eva Ibbotson.

We will do guided reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them. Each group will read once a week with Miss Lilley. We try to make sure it is on the same day each week but things can change, so it is important for children to have their book bags and reading record books at school every day.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 5.



This half term, Year Six will continue to focus on the theme of Peace & Conflict and how this can impact the lives of different people. They will explore the theme through a visual text, Dunkirk. This film explores the Dunkirk evacuation during WWII and will allow the children to explore the impact that conflict on a global scale has on different countries. Linked to this, the class will work together on a project, the outcome of which will be a campaign video to promote peace. We will learn about different ways to resolve conflicts and think about what peace means to us on a local and global scale. The children will learn about advertising and marketing in order to promote their chosen message of peace. This half term’s learning will allow the children to develop their historical enquiry skills and also to analyse propaganda and identify bias. The children, through their English lessons, will be writing newspaper articles on the events of WWII.

Maths: This half term the children will continue to work on number. We will look at the use of brackets in calculations, review strategies for different operations and work on applying our knowledge to different problems and investigations.

Science: This half term, the children will be learning about Light. We will investigate how light travels and how our eyes and brains work together in order for us to be able to see. 

Art: In our art lessons, the children will be creating Digital art based on their peace promotion work for their projects.

RE: This half term, the children will be learning about Peace and how it is represented in different religions. We will look at how religions use different stories to promote peace. We will also focus on our school value of respect and how we can show this in our everyday lives.

PE: This half term Year 6 will continue to go swimming on a Wednesday and have another indoor session on a Thursday.

Our author focus this half term is Anthony Horowitz.

We will do guided reading every day as a whole class. The children will be further developing the essential skills they need in order to decode, retrieve and infer from a range of different texts.  

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 6.