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 continuing to explore of Social Justice and Equity through their new core text, ‘The House with Chicken Legs’ which explores the journey of Marinka, who’s house never stays in one place, her house moves without warning and she never feels at home. They will be using this story to explore Russian culture to generate ideas for their own Lonely Planet guide. This story will inspire us further to take part in our project, where we will be hosting our own soup kitchen in a community centre to raise awareness and support for homeless people in South East London.

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children’s’ understanding of angles. They will be using protractors to accurately measure and finding missing angles around a point. They will then be developing their understanding of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, identifying different properties of shape through a range of concrete activities.

Science: In Science this half term, the children will develop their understanding of Earth and Space. They will learn that names of the planets and how they orbit around the sun. They will then investigate night and day in different parts of the world based on the earth’s axis.  

Art: Art will take place during Arts Fortnight, the children will be doing observational drawings of tower blocks and shade using charcoal, linking to our theme of Social Justice and Equity. They will also be working collaboratively to create a cardboard collage and use printing to mimic windows of a tower bock.

RE: Children will be exploring their own beliefs, reflecting on what makes them unique and how she shows their beliefs in everyday life.

SRE: The children will be exploring about hormones and puberty. They will be able to identify changes during puberty and how it might affect them.

PE: This half term, they will be practising activities in preparation for Sports Day such as the sack race, relay race and egg and spoon.

Our author focus for this half term is Morris Gleitzman.

We will take part in guided reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them. Each group will read once a week with Miss Lilley. We try to make sure it is on the same day each week but things can change, so it is important for children to have their book bags and reading record books at school every day.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 5.



This term, Year Six will be focusing on the theme of Social Injustice. We will be focusing our learning around the text ‘Stella By Starlight’ which is set in North Carolina during the 1930s. Alongside this, we will be looking at the Civil Rights Movement and ideas behind racism and discrimination. We will be exploring how this movement effected the lives of normal people through our work around our production ‘Hairspray’. This musical is set in 1960s Baltimore and explores the theme of racial equality in a way that the children can connect with and understand. They will be learning their lines and lyrics for the show but we will also be talking about the themes and issues that arise for different characters in the show.

Maths:  This half term we will be focusing on Maths investigations. We will be looking at how we can apply our maths knowledge to different real life situations and how different areas of maths can work together.

Art: In our art lessons the children will be creating text and image pictures based on the work of Sam Cannon. We will be creating two contrasting canvases and using wax crayons and watercolours to create the text and background.This will be linked to our core text and curriculum work.

PE:  This half term Year 6 will continue to go swimming on a Wednesday and have gymnastics on Friday afternoon. We will also be having some cricket coaching from the 19th-21st June. Year 6 also have Bikeability on the week beginning 1st July.

SRE: This term Year 6 will be visited by the school nurse to start their learning about sex and relationships. They will be talking about the changes that will happen to their body during puberty. The boys and girls will have separate sessions to discuss various issues. As well as this, we will be discussing reproduction including basic facts about conception and pregnancy.

Our author focus this half term is Pete Johnson.

We will take part in guided reading every day as a whole class. The children will be further developing the essential skills they need in order to decode, retrieve and infer from a range of different texts.  

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 6.