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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 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.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will be exploring different communities across the world and how they promote sustainable living within their community. To do this, we will be exploring the village of Awra Amba, a small village in Ethiopia, Africa. We will be using Lyfta, a new immersive service which will allow the children to have access to interactive story-worlds and lessons whilst also fostering values and skills such as empathy, self-direction and critical thinking. 

Science: This half term in Science, we will be looking at Forces. The children will investigate the different forces used to move objects and create their own experiments based around their learning, considering the variables and ensuring a fair test. 

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding on prime, cubed and square numbers whilst also using line graphs in statistics to help handle data in preparation for their projects.

PE: In PE this half term, the children will be attending swimming lessons and also taking part in Gymnastics.

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

Music: This term we will be focussing on describing, comparing and evaluating music using music vocabulary

ITWe will continue our learning about blogs and the steps it takes to create a successful blog. 

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 Michel Rauscher, and create bright vibrant sunsets using a range of mediums to imitate our core text book cover.

RE: We will be looking at Buddhism and exploring the principles and teachings this religion abides by. We will look at how people who follow this faith, express their beliefs and comparing their values to our own values at Rockliffe Manor.  

French: This term we will be learning how to identify what they like 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 continue to focus on the theme of sustainable development and how deforestation is having a huge impact on the number of orangutans in the Borneo rainforest. We will also be thinking about what we can do to help these amazing creatures. As well as this, we will be focusing on the plight of the Congolese Gorillas through the book ‘Gorilla Dawn’ by Gill Lewis. We will be exploring the unique culture of tribes living in the Congo jungle. 

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will continue to explore the use of palm oil and how the way in which it is harvested is affecting the environment that the orangutans live in. The outcome for this topic will be to develop an app which allows people to search for alternative products that use sustainable palm oil or do not contain palm oil at all. This half term we will be focusing on the Computing aspects of this topic and learning how to code the app that they will be creating. We will also think about how to pitch and market our app. We will be pitching our app to you on Tuesday 3rdDecember. 

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 calculation skills. We will focus on the four operations as well as calculation rules such as BIDMAS. We will then move onto working with fractions and developing our understanding of fractional parts and calculating with fractions.  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. 

Music: This half term we will be focusing on our listening skills, investigating a range 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 Football in their outdoor sessions. 

Computing: This will be linked to our Curriculum work this term and the children will be planning and developing their own app linked to the use of palm oil. 

Art: The children will be creating art linked to our core text ‘Gorilla Dawn’. We will be creating our own Congolese masks. 

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

SRE: Year 6 with be learning about Puberty and how their bodies will change. 

RE: This half term in RE we will be learning about the core beliefs of Judaism. 

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