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YEARS 5 AND 6

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

English: Our core book is ‘Far from Home’ by Berlie Doherty.When Jim Jarvis is separated from his sisters, Lizzie and Emily, he thinks he will never see them again. In this book the author reveals what has happened to Jim’s orphaned sisters. In class, we will explore the life of these three children through the writing of flashbacks.

Maths: The children will continue to solve problems involving the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also be learning how to identify, measure and draw a range of different angles.

Science: In science the children will be comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, transparency, and conductivity (electrical and thermal). They will also give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.

Humanities: As our core text is set in Victorian London and it addresses the life of children during this period, we will be studying the changes to children’s rights and responsibilities through time. We will make comparisons between the educational and care system in Victorian times and now.

French: The children will continue to build their French vocabulary through application in different lessons. They will learn how to count in French and how to describe their favourite subject.

Art: Based on the art of William Morris the children will be creating their own printing tile.

PE lessons are twice a week.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Philip Pullman.

All children take part in a guided reading session daily. We shall also be continuing the Reading Challenge we began last year - hopefully the children have been busy reading during their spare time!

Each child has a reading grid in their contact books; please remember to make a note on that grid of what the children have read and initial it as those books will contribute to the children’s Reading Challenge totals. All children are welcome to exchange their books with one from the book corner when they have finished.

Any reading at home is great, it doesn’t need to be a long session – 10-15 minutes a day is fine, but once this is established as part of a child’s routine, it quickly becomes a very enjoyable part of the day for both child and parent.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

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

 

YEAR 6

The Year 6 children are getting set for the SATS in the week beginning May 14th, so for the next four weeks we shall be revising and recapping on their learning.

EnglishThe children will be studying a series of short stories and films from the Literacy Shed website where they will have the chance to develop their writer’s voice, the structure and organisation of their writing, and improve their grammar, vocabulary and punctuation.

Maths: In Maths we will be revisiting their learning of arithmetic and reasoning since September.

Science: We shall be continuing our work on the human circulatory system. 

Art: In Art we will be looking at the textile designer William Morris.

PE this term will move to a Friday afternoon as the children shall be taking part in gymnastics with Coach Stephanie. We will also be swimming every Wednesday morning.

Our author focus this half term is Elizabeth Laird.

All children take part in a guided reading session daily. We shall also be continuing the Reading Challenge we began last year - hopefully the children have been busy reading during their spare time!

Each child has a reading grid in their contact book; please remember to make a note on that grid of what the children have read and initial it, as this will contribute to their individual reading challenge total. All children are welcome to exchange their books with one from the book corner when they have finished.

Any reading at home is great, it doesn’t need to be a long session – 10-15 minutes a day is fine, but I know that once this is established as part of a child’s routine, it quickly becomes a very enjoyable part of the day for both child and parent.

In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic. If you would like to discuss how you can further help your child at home, please see Mr Poole.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

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