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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 ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen. The children will be immersed in the story through fictional events which will invite them to use their skills as learners as well as their own experiences in order to explain why certain things happen. As an outcome the children will write a sci-fi story based on ‘the hole’.

Maths: The children will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, coordinates, angles and measures. They will also be able to solve problems which require working with numbers with up to three decimal places. During this half term, the children will also become young entrepreneurs; they will use their skills and knowledge of finances to create their own business and will have the opportunity to sell their products in a School Open Market.

Science: The children will carry on working on developing their scientific enquiry skills, through investigating phenomena related to the core text. They will be able to pose questions, carry out experiments and draw conclusions from their findings.

Humanities: As our text is set in a tower block, the children will be investigating the physical environment of their local community and how that affects their life.

French: The children will learn the names of places in a town; they will ask the way and give directions as well as say where they are going.

Art: Inspired by the book, we will be creating some urban art (graffiti), as a way of delivering a message. We will be analysing some of Banksy’s work and discussing how the colours and pictures tell a story.

PE lessons are twice a week.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Diana Wynne Jones.

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

English: The children will be studying Wonder, by RJ Palacio. The story is about August or "Auggie" Pullman, a ten-year-old boy living in New York City. He was born with a facial deformity that has made it difficult for him to make friends.

Maths: After we return from Swanage, we shall be straight into Enterprise Week. Each class will be given some money and will have the chance to design / create an idea for a minimal cost. They will have to pitch their ideas and there will be an event to see which idea makes the most profit.

Art: We shall be designing and creating a memento for our Year 6’s to take home to keep. We will also be working on props and decorations for our leavers’ production.

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

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.