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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

In English, our core text is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. We will be learning to infer meaning from a text and evaluating the choices the author has made. We will be reading and critiquing a variety of poetry and generating descriptive vocabulary before writing our own free verse poems. Later on in the term, we will be using the core text as an inspiration for writing our narratives. We will be exploring how to create atmospheric writing and analyse an author’s language choices.

Curriculum: During Autumn 1, we will be following a recovery curriculum where we will initially prioritise re-establishing routines, expectations and the core values we uphold for our communities. We will hold true to our belief in excellence for all pupils and will maintain a focus on delivering high- quality learning outcomes. We will explore themes which help us explain the past 6 months. During the term, all learning will be celebrated through ‘A Museum of Hope Exhibition’, a physical exhibition for children to explore learning across the school.

Science: As part of our Science learning journey, we will be learning about Forces. What are forces? How were they discovered? Why do we need forces? Where do we see the use of forces in action? How do forces contribute to the functioning of our everyday lives? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding of how forces work around us. We will also learn about key scientists such as Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei and their theories of gravity.

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 we will involve developing their dance sessions related to their final project. The children will be creating a series of modern dance routines that reflect the theme of hope. In order to support children back into "normal" school life after months of partial school closures, we will also be undertaking additional well-being sessions. These will include sessions on feelings, relationships, mindfulness and bereavement.

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

Art: In Art, we will learn explore the impact of colour in order to create split art outcomes juxtaposing despair and hope, using the style of the author Charlie Mackesy as well as Claude Monet. The children will be incorporating a variety of mediums, materials and tools to create a series of landscapes which will be showcased during our final exhibition.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to host local artists host who will be delivering a printing workshop; this will be a fantastic chance for the children to acquire important art skills.

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.

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.

 

YEAR 6

This term, Year 6 will be focusing on the theme of kindness and hope. We will be focusing our learning using the text ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. This text is a series of images which tell the story of a little boy’s journey and depicts his thoughts and emotions while he travels. It is an opportunity for the children to reflect on their own thoughts and feelings at this unique time and reflect on how we can encourage others to be hopeful. The children will have the opportunity to write a letter and a narrative.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will explore the idea of hope and creating a Museum of Hope exhibition. The children will be creating an interpretive dance and combining this with writing, photography and sculpture to create their display. The children will be comparing the states of hope and despair and using this for inspiration for their work. They will be focusing on the skills of empathy and self-awareness, while thinking about their identity and self-esteem.

Science: During the Autumn Term Year 6 will focus on Living Things and Classification. We will start by learning how to classify different living things and discuss different types of plants and animals that live on Earth. We will then learn about bacteria and carry out an experiment to discover which conditions are beneficial for bacteria growth. We will continue to learn how to carry out a fair test and how to control different variables.

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 be focusing on interpretive dance during their indoor session and tag rugby during their outdoor sessions.

Computing: The children will begin to explore coding and learning how to de-bug programs using our new Purple Mash software.

Art: The children will be creating art linked to our theme of Hope, they will create individual pictures based on the opposing ideas of despair and hope using the image of a tree and will be working collaboratively to create a sculpture based on Andy Scott’s ‘Beacon of Hope’.

Wellbeing: The children will also be practicing wellbeing each day. This will allow them time to reflect on different emotions; will incorporate mindfulness and think about different relationships in their lives.

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.