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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

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 for parents and carers with spoken word and performances. Proceeds generated fromtickets and art sold will go towards local Church that supports refugees living in Greenwich.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning, we will be learning about the plight of the Rohingya minority living in Myanmar and the journey some of the refugees have experienced in Australia. They will analyse infographics and real life accounts in order to understand the impacts of prejudice and discrimination they face. The children will research and discuss a variety of viewpoints of the current situation which perpetuate inequality and injustice.

Science: This half term in Science, we will be looking at properties of materials. The children will investigate the different properties of a range of materials and will test their effectiveness to help create their own refugee survival kit.

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 an area of a room, currencies and car insurance.

PE: In PE this half term, the children will be attending swimming lessons and also have an additional P.E lesson in school.

RsE: This half term, Year 5 will be looking at gender stereotypes, body parts and puberty.

Music: This term we will be focussing on improvising within a group using melodic and rhythmic phrases and using basic structural forms such as rounds and variations.

IT: We will continue our learning about coding to create our own game.

Art: In our Art lessons the children will be exploring coffee art, inspired by the artist Alwya Fadhel. We will use coffee to think about different shades and use this to create a collage of a landscape. 

RE: This half term, we will be learning about Islam. We will identify the 5 pillars and their significance to the faith and learn about the important of prayer, charity and fasting. 

French: This term we will be learning how to identify what they we and dislike about school and use short phrases to give a personal response and/or an opinion.

We will complete whole class reading every day. The children will work as a whole class, reading a range of texts that will help extend their literary understanding.

The children will change their home reading books on a given day, this day will be written in their contact book. Children will choose a book of free choice to enjoy at home.

Please try to read with your child every day at home for ten minutes. Please feel free to give feedback about how they got on, or the difficulty level of the reading book. We appreciate all parental feedback.

Please click here to view the Year 5 Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Year 5 Termly Overview for Spring

Please click here to view the Year 5 Termly Overview for Summer

 

YEAR 6

This term, Year 6 will focus on the topic of Peace & Conflict. We will be exploring this topic in a variety of different ways, one of which will be to identify and investigate the idea of internal conflict and think about different ways in which to deal with emotions. We will use the text ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness as a stimulus for our writing. We will also use the film version to explore characterisation and expression of emotion.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will have a History focus learning about World War II. We will kick start our learning through our trip to the Imperial War Museum on Friday 10th January and this will allow us to view sources first hand and explore what life was like during World War II. We will also spend time looking at the events on the lead up to the war and the situation in Germany that led to Hitler’s rise to power. Year 6 will also explore the different countries involved in the war on both sides and the outcomes that occurred after the conflict. From a geographical perspective, we will be exploring what the world might have looked like had Hitler won the war.

Science: We will start off this term by continuing to learn about the work of Charles Darwin and his theory of Evolution. We will study the evolution of horses and think about how their environmental changes led to adaptations in the species. We will then move onto the topic of Light and discover how the human eye works and how light travels.   

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their calculation skills. We will focus on the four operations as well as calculation rules such as BIDMAS. We will look at how to find percentages of number and investigate the properties of shape, including 3D shapes and nets.

Music: This half term we will be focusing on our composing skills using the computing programme Garage Band to create our own pieces of music.  

PE: In PE this half term the children will continue their swimming lessons on a Wednesday morning. They will also be learning how to play Hockey in their outdoor sessions.

Computing: This will be linked to our music work creating our own pieces of music using the programme Garage Band,  

Art: The children will be creating art linked to our core text ‘A Monster Calls’ based around the illustrations of Jim Kay.

French: This term the children will be learning how to talk about daily routines. They will also continue to work through levels on Duolingo.  

RE: Year 6 with be learning about dealing with grief and the end of life journeys in different religions.  

We will complete whole class reading every day. The children will work on a range of reading skills and strategies including deduction and inference.

The children will change their home reading books when they have finished. They can choose a book from home to read or take a book from the book corner. It is important that the children try to choose books that stretch them and help to improve their vocabulary.

Please try to read with your child every day at home for ten minutes. Please feel free to give feedback about how they got on, or the difficulty level of the reading book. We appreciate all parental feedback.

Please click here to view the Year 6 Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Year 6 Termly Overview for Spring and Summer 1

Please click here to view the Year 6 Termly Overview for Summer 2