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 spring 2 remote learning content
Our curriculum learning will continue to explore the importance of equality. We will spend time looking at the civil rights movement and its significance to today’s issues around racial inequality, highlighting the relationships between the civil rights movement and human rights. We will apply this learning to analyse a social movement, Black Lives Matter (BLM), in order to try and understand the significance of it and also go back to our previous learning on the Rohingya refugees and compare this crisis with the Syrian refugee crisis, drawing conclusions about the impact both have on the world globally. This will lead to a virtual exhibition for parents, where children will showcase their speeches via zoom or google classroom.
Some useful websites to get your research started are https://www.unicef.org/appeals/syrian-refugees
Our English learning, will continue to be based around the core text, The Bone Sparrow. The book explores the themes of friendship and family, grief and loss, hope, fear and freedom as we follow the life of a young Rohingya refugee boy named Subhi who lives in a detention centre in Australia.
You can listen to it here https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/audiobook/bone-sparrow/278624 (Free with a 30 Day Trial)
Our writing outcomes will include a free verse poem where the children will apply their knowledge of figurative language to create a powerful image for the audience. They will also produce a newspaper report as their final outcome, where they will become reporters, reporting on a hunger strike that takes place within the core text. Year 5 will learn the features included in a newspaper report and learn to effectively use reported speech, understanding the difference between active and passive voice.
In maths, we will begin our learning by looking at division. The children will learn a range of methods such as short and long division to help them solve a range of division problems. At the end of this maths learning, children in Year 5 will be able to multiple and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 and solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates.
Some useful websites are
Short division https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS-YRqkMxdg
Long division https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdU_rf7eMTI
We will then move onto looking at units of measurement where we will practice converting cm to m, m to km and to convert metric units of measure for mass and capacity. The children will apply their previous knowledge of perimeter and area to help calculate the area and perimeter of quadrilaterals, rectilinear and compound shapes. They will continue this topic into Summer.
Some useful websites are:
Area and Perimeter https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrv6jsg
Our science topic, will be looking at the stages in a human life cycle. We will be describing and comparing the different life stages from childhood to adulthood and then using this information to investigate inherited features answering the big question ‘Why are physical characteristics passed down to us from our parents? Who has stronger genes, mothers or fathers?’
If you would like to learn more you can visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgssgk7/articles/z2msv4j
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 spring 2 remote learning content
Our curriculum learning will continue to be focused on the hidden figures of World War 2. We will continue to look at the stories of the less commonly known individuals and groups that were involved in the war and how their contributions affected the outcome. During Spring 2, we will focus specifically on how Jewish and Black people were treated in Nazi Germany. The children will then plan and create a documentary-style presentation about the hidden figures of WW2.
Some useful websites to get your research started are:
Our English learning, will be based around the core text, Once by Morris Gleitzman. Once is the story of a young Jewish boy who is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis in the occupied Poland of the Second World War.
You can read/listen to it here https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/OnceAudiobook/B004EVZP1A?source_code=M2M30DFT1BkSH11221601A7&&ipRedirectOverride=true&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgomBBhDXARIsAFNyUqM5X22C8e7dTIWota3IzddgwaolPCqJYuRfb8EAPgZmGvVraCdIjZ0aArT_EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Our writing outcomes will include poetry (also using Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ as a stimulus), a biography and a narrative.
In maths, we will be learning to convert measures, both metric and imperial, read and interpret different types of graph (including pie charts), plot coordinates and transformation of shapes.
Some useful websites are:
Our science topic, will be Electricity.
If you would like to learn more you can visit
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. We appreciate all parental feedback.