Year 5 & 6
2017 SATs meeting for parents - click here for the presentation
2016 September Year 5 and 6 Parent Meeting - click here for the presentation
2016-2017 Curriculum Overview - click here
KS2 National Curriculum - click here for further information
2016 Autumn Term - Ancient Greece
In Year 5 and 6 this half term, our topic will take us to
Ancient Greece, where we will study life in ancient times, learn about the
Greek city states and explore their lasting impact on our life and society
In Maths we will be starting off by looking at shapes and the vocabulary that goes with these, before moving onto place value in large numbers. We will then look at addition and subtraction methods, before moving onto multiplication and division.
For our English we will start by looking at Greek myths, exploring the themes of pride and heroism, before writing our own tales. We will move onto look at non-fiction texts about Ancient Greece, before joining with the rest of the school to look at the far more modern myths that are The Chronicles of Narnia.
2017 Spring Term - Evolution and Inheritance
Our topic for the first part of Spring Term was ‘Evolution
and Inheritance’. Across our English lessons we undertook a depth study of the
novel ‘The Eye of the Wolf’. The book tells the story of a boy and a wolf, who
both go on exceptional journeys, through vastly different landscapes, before a
chance encounter brings them together. The children very much enjoyed the tale,
with its extensive use of figurative language and ideas.
This in turn fed into our writing, with the children working
on their own descriptive narratives, which took some of the peripheral
characters of the story and explored what they were doing.
We further explored the animal kingdom, through our
exploration of the theory of evolution and inheritance. We looked at the
origins of the theory and explored in depth how this works. To support our
learning we visited Marwell Zoological Park’s Education Centre, where we were
able to explore the topic through real world artefacts and exploration.
Linking to this we also explored the art of Charles Darwin,
whose pencil sketches were an integral part of his scientific studies. We took
on the challenge of developing our own sketching techniques to draw detailed
images of animals.
In the second half of Spring term we moved onto the topic of
Light. Through real world observations we explored what light is and how it
allows us to see. We looked at how light travels and reflects, illuminating the
world around us.
Through the topic we also spent time reading and writing our
own poetry that explores the concept of light.
2017 Summer Term 1 - Rainforests
Our Summer term topics started with ‘The Rainforest’. We
initially started looking at the locations of rainforests across the world,
using this as a chance to look in depth at the globe. The children learnt how
to identify the different hemispheres and where the Tropics of Cancer and
Capricorn lie. The children also learnt how to use longitude and latitude to
locate places on Earth.
This knowledge was then combined with knowledge of the types
of climates around the world to identify the locations of rainforests. From
this we looked at the rainforests themselves and how they sustain life and why
they are the most important environments on Earth.
Closer to home, the children explored how they could
potentially impact their own environment, designing posters to encourage others
to do their bit.
2017 Summer 2 - Earth and Space
In the final term of the year we have been exploring Earth
and Space. This has led us to look in depth at our solar system and its scale.
The children have then been looking at some of the planets in more detail.
In particular we have been focused on Mars. We have looked
at what a colony on Mars may look like and the children have written persuasive
texts to persuade people to become Mars colonists. This has then led into
writing Choose Your Own Adventure stories, set after a disaster at the colony.
Our annual visit to Marwell Residential Centre is also
upcoming and we look forward to the adventure to come.