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Spring 1

 

Happy New Year to you all - I hope that you have had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break.

 

Our topic of this half term is Darwin's Delight we will be learning all about Darwin's voyage and his subsequent discoveries, the evolution of man and considering how climate change is affecting our environment.  Our class reading will be based on stories which are very different from each other to allow us to enjoy different forms of fiction; we will concentrating our reading studies on the daring and adventurous Darwin's Dragon, and our reading for pleasure book will be the winner of our class book world cup, Crater Lake. In addition to these books I have created a list of books that link perfectly to Darwin's Delight - see how many of them you can read. 

 

In English we will be undertaking a short unit on instructions, narrative writing based on description and discursive writing.

 

The main focus in Maths for Year 5  this half term will be advancing their skills in multiplication and division, calculating with fractions and understanding decimals. Year 6 will be learning about ratio, algebra and how to calculate with decimals. 

We will continue to think carefully about our use of the internet during Safer Internet Week.

 

We will be studying Evolution and Inheritance in Science.

 

Our Routes to Resilience words for this half term are Determined, Kind and Creative.

 

We will be focusing on our Christian Value of Loyalty.

 

PE lessons will usually take place on a Wednesday and a Friday, but this may change so please ensure that you have your full PE kit in school everyday. Our Wednesday session will be Forest School and on Friday we will be learning the skills and rules of Tag Rugby.

 

 

Books for Topic - Darwin's Delight

Knowledge Organisers

Autumn 2

 

This is a very fun-filled and busy term, in November we are heading to Willersley Castle for a five day residential, we will be calling on our Routes to Resilience qualities and our Christian Values to ensure that we challenge ourselves at the same time as supporting our friends to challenge themselves too.

 

Our topic of this half term is Time Traveller we will be learning all about changes through time both to ourselves and also the world around us throughout time, we will look at local history including the Danvers family and the discovery of Richard III. Our class reading will be based on stories which are very different from each other to allow us to enjoy different forms of fiction; we will concentrating our reading studies on Tom's Midnight Garden, and reading for pleasure Tyger. In addition to these books I have created a list of books that link perfectly to Time Traveller - see how many of them you can read. 

 

In English we will be looking at adventure stories and biographies. 

 

The main focus in Maths this half term will be using multiples, common multiples and factors to aid in the comparison of, manipulation of and calculations with fractions. Year 6 will then look at ratios and converting units of measure while year 5 have a deeper focus on multiplication and division.

 

Science will allow us to focus on our skills of working scientifically

 

Our Routes to Resilience words for this half term are Positive, Happy and Tolerant.

 

We will be focusing on our Christian Value of Consideration.

 

PE lessons will usually take place on a Tuesday and a Friday, but this may change so please ensure that you have your full PE kit in school everyday. We will be studying dance and hockey - the year 5/6 Foxes contest this term is hockey.

 

 

Books for Topic

Autumn 1

Welcome back after what we hope was a restful and fun-filled summer.

Our first topic of this school year will be A Child's War we will be learning all about World War 2 including the life of an evacuee, code breaking, the Blitz, the Holocaust, information about local soldiers and much more. Our class reading will be based on stories focusing on war time; we will concentrating our reading studies on Once, and reading for pleasure When the Sky Falls. In addition to these books I have created a list of books that link perfectly to A Child's War - see how many of them you can read. 

 

In English we will be looking at letter writing, speeches and diary writing. 

 

The main focus in Maths this half term will be place value followed by effectively and efficiently using the four calculations to solve problems.

 

Science will allow us to study materials, their properties and how they change. 

 

Our Routes to Resilience words for this half term are Confidence, Resilience and Curiosity.

 

We will be focusing on our Christian Value of Thankfulness.

 

PE lessons will usually take place on a Monday and a Friday, but this may change so please ensure that you have your full PE kit in school everyday.

 

We are really excited to launch our new Reading Scrapbook, the children will have the opportunity to create a page in the scrapbook about a book that they have read and enjoyed so that they can inspire others to read it.

 

 

 

Books for Topics

Internet Safety

 

As a school, we carry out lessons on internet safety. Because many children are currently spending more time online, we would like to signpost you to the following sites so you can talk together about staying safe online.

 

Top tips on how to stay safe online.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2020/safer-internet-day-2020-top-tips

 

Here is a series of 3 videos aimed at children aged 8-10 looking at staying safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/watch/

Thinkuknow 8-10s

Had fun playing Band Runner? Now watch Sam, Ellie and Alfie continue their adventures in the Play Like Share films. The films will help you learn more about staying safe online.

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