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 begin to explore our theme of Peace and Conflict. We will use our new core text ‘Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon. This book is about a young refugee who is living in an immigration detention centre in Australia. The children will be reflecting on the refugee crisis and exploring human rights. They will be writing a diary entry from the point of view of our main character. This term will end with a project that will see the children holding an exhibition with spoken word and performances. Proceeds generated from tickets and art sold will go towards a local Church that supports refugees living in Greenwich.

Science: We will be learning all about forces. We will think about forces acting on a balloon buggy and then following our own hypothesis, will design and build our own buggies.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children’s understanding of multiplication and division. We will be reflecting on the most efficient strategies and methods to use when solving multiplication and division questions. We will be linking our learning to real-life problems such as calculating area of a room, currencies and car insurance.

Art: In our art lessons, the children will be exploring upcycling of different products. We will then begin to design and produce our own mod rock ceramic products.

RE: This half term, we will be learning about Sikhism. We will be learning about important symbols and artefacts for Sikh’s and also learning about the 5 K’s.

PE will take place twice a week.

Our author focus for this half term is Philip Pullman.

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 term, Year Six will be focusing on the theme of sustainable development and how deforestation is having a huge impact on the number of Orangutans in the Borneo rainforest. We will explore the use of Palm Oil and how the way in which it is harvested is affecting the environment that the Orangutans live in. We will also be thinking about what we can do to help these amazing creatures. We will be using the text ‘Reflections of Eden’ by Birute M.F. Galdikas to read about her experience living with the Orangutans in the Borneo Rainforest. We will then use our knowledge and information gathered to write documentary voice overs and non-chronological reports on the Borneo Rainforest.

Maths:  This half term, the children will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also review coordinates and translations. Next, we will focus on geometry and the ability to measure and draw angles accurately using a protractor. As part of our revision we will continue to look at calculation strategies, problems and investigations.

Art: In our art lessons the children will be creating black and white landscapes using print and charcoal to depict the trees in the rainforest linked to our theme.

RE: This half term, the children will be continuing to think about Peace and how it is represented in different religions. We will look at how religions use different stories to promote peace.

Science: The children will continue to learn 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. 

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 Terry Pratchett.

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.