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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 water sustainability. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘Floodland’, about the potential hardships that could happen as a result of a mass flooding. Floodland is a children’s fantasy novel that is set in the near future where most of the United Kingdom is covered by water. This award-winning novel follows the life of a ten-year-old girl named Zoe who sets on a perilous journey to find her parents. The children will be looking closely at the book’s illustrations and the descriptive language used to depict a dystopian city. From this, the children will be creating their own character descriptions and settings and also creating their own alternate ending to the book. We will be looking at using ambitious vocabulary choices to extend our writing.

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will be thinking about the different ways we can ensure water sustainability in our community. To do this, we will be exploring the Romans and the impact their systems of aqueducts and improved waterways had on Britain. They will also investigate the issues of accessing safe water in the developing world and critically think why it should be a priority in the international agendas.

Science: Together with this, the half term’s Science will focus on the impacts of water-related diseases. They will explore a range a different water environments and identify the possible water borne diseases that could be found in them. They will then investigate the different methods and equipment used to test the cleanliness of water and understanding the pH scale and how it is used.

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 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.

Computing:  We will be learning about blogs and the steps it takes to create a successful blog. We will learn how to use embedded codes within a blog post as well as understanding how to ‘live blog’.

Art: The children will be creating art linked to our English book, Floodland. They will look at the techniques of the artist Marcus Sedgewick, who illustrated the book, and create minimalist, monochrome and watercolour art work that is similar to that in the book.

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 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 do 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 be focusing 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. We will be using the text ‘Reflections of Eden’ by Birute M.F. Galdikas to read about her experience living with the orangutans in the Borneo Rainforest. We will then use our knowledge and information gathered to write documentary voice overs and non-chronological reports on the Borneo Rainforest.  

Curriculum: Through our Curriculum learning we will 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 children will use their geographical skills to discover where Borneo is and why it has the perfect environment for producing Palm Oil. We will also look at the physical and human geographical aspects of how Palm Oil production affects Indonesia. 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.

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 Tag Rugby 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 theme of sustainable development. They will be painting a colourful rainforest scene including animals and plants.

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.

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

We will do 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 3 Termly Overview for Spring and Summer 1

Please click here to view the Year 3 Termly Overview for Summer 2