Year 5

Year 5’s learning this half term: This term, Year 5 will be focusing on sustainable communities. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘A Long Walk to Water’, the real life hardships of two children Slava and Nya living in Sudan. The story explores the true story of Salva Dut whose story is based in 1985, a part of the Dinka tribe and a Sudanese Lost Boy, and the fictional story of Nya whose story is based in 2008, a young village girl who was a part of the Nuer tribe. Park used this book as a platform to support Dut's program, Water for South Sudan. We will be using the experiences and hardships of these characters to help form diary entries, emotion graphs and lastly, create an historical biography based on Slava Dut. We will be looking at using ambitious vocabulary choices whilst also using factual terminology to extend our writing.

History: Through our Curriculum learning we will be exploring the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings and the impact they had on Britain. They will explore the history of the invasion into Britain and identify key dates and events to help them form a debate in relation to the big statement ‘Britain prospered as a result of the Viking invasion’

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 developing their understanding of place value of numbers to a million as well as adding and subtracting 4 or more-digit numbers in a variety of ways and using Roman numerals within problem solving questions

PE: In PE this half term, the children will have gymnastics and focus on multi-sports activities exploring strategies and developing their teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Music: This term we will explore Rock music and focus on improvising within a group using melodic and rhythmic phrases and using basic structural forms such as rounds and variations. As well as this, they will continue to have a weekly singing assembly exploring different genres and learning new songs.

Computing: We will continue our learning on Purple Mash.

Art: The children will be creating art inspired by our English book, ‘A Long Walk to Water’. They will look at the techniques of the artist Megumi and create bright vibrant sunsets with shadows using a range of mediums to imitate our core text’s book cover.

RE: This half term, we will be focusing on how the world began. We will focus on the beliefs of different religions and explore the meaning of creation. As well as linking the beliefs of different faith, the children will have the opportunity to express their own beliefs and compare the similarities and differences shared.  

French: This term we will be learning how to use noun phrases in French to help describe ourselves. This will include learning to describe our appearance, nationality, personality and telling others about our family members.

RsE: This half term, Year 5 will be looking at families, belonging and the community. 


Year 6

Year 6’s learning this half term: This term, Year 6 will be focusing on the theme of Human Rights and what the impact of strip-mining has on the number of exploited workers who are mining precious metals in Western Africa.

In English this half term, Year 6 will be using ‘Gorilla Dawn’ by Jill Lewis as their core text. They will explore the text and think carefully about the characters and their internal thoughts. The children will build on their knowledge of descriptive language and extend this through adverbials and figurative language. They will then use a variety of skills to produce an internal monologue in the role of Imara. This will include skills such as hyperbole, ellipsis, varied sentence structures and emotive language.

Curriculum: This half term, Year 6’s curriculum learning will have a focus on Geography. They will learn about the human and physical geographical features of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will explore the different impacts of these features on the future to deepen their knowledge. The children will then learn about the mining of coltan for electronic devices and research the impact that this has on people and animals in the country. They will then present their findings and promote the recycling of mobile phones to other year groups.

Science: During the Autumn Term Year 6 will focus on Living Things and Evolution. We will start by learning how to classify different living things and discuss different types of plants and animals that live on Earth. During the second half of the term we will discuss the theory of evolution and how plants and animals adapt and evolve to suit their different environments. We will also learn about the life of Charles Darwin and how his theory impacted societies thoughts about plants and animals.

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of the place value of numbers to a million and beyond. We will review how to compare and order numbers and round to different number places. Through arithmetic we will revise the four operations and practice a range of calculations. The children will be given a range of fluency and reasoning activities throughout the term.

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

Computing: They will be recapping on all areas of online safety both at home and at school. As well as  

Art: In art this half term, the children will be focussing on the artist Kim Guthrie, exploring the choices of colour and texture in order to create an outcome. They will incorporate a variety of artistic skills such as sketching, shading, use of colour and using different materials.

French: Year 6 will start the term by reviewing basic phrases and conversational French. We will then go on to being able to talk about our weekend and things that the children enjoy doing.