18 Countdown Books
The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
Harriet The Spy
The Dark is Rising
Sputnik's Guide to the Earth
Tom's Midnight Garden
A Monster Calls
I am David
Hero on a Bicycle
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Weird Stone of Brisingamen
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Spring Term 2018
This term our topic is 'Monarchy'. We will be visiting Hampton Court Palace and exploring the history of our monarchs and investigating the institution and history of monarchy in our country and around the world.
Our class reader will be VIII by H.M.Castor - this is one of our 18 Countdown books so most children will be already familiar with it.
We will focus on poetry and play scripts this term. We will continue to explore Macbeth and also read extracts from a range of modern and historical plays. We have started to explore the poetry of some of our poet Laureates- including Tennyson . The children will continue with the 18 Countdown Challenge as well as reading a wide range of different texts including myths and legends this term.
We will continue with our exploration of reasoning questions with a focus on shape, algebra, percentages, ratio and proportion.
We are starting our science this term looking at fossils and evolution. We shall look at the findings of Charles Darwin. We will also explore why the offspring of living things are similar but not identical to their parents.
In French we continue to learn new vocabulary and use it in whole sentences. We will start the term looking at pets and other animals . We will also revise our question words.
Autumn Term 2017
Highlights of the term: -
- Harvest Festival, Story Telling Assembly, Decoration Day, Christmas Service...
Please note the following:-
- remember a fresh water bottle each day
- P.E kit to be in school at all times- our main lesson will still be on a Thursday
- a small pencil case is needed with a black handwriting pen/ gel pen, a glue stick , short ruler and maybe some coloured pencils, rubber, pencil sharpener, pencils etc. - not too much!!
- pupils are welcome to bring in a book from home
note that the additional outside door may be in use in fair weather
Maths :- We will start the term with place value and calculations. This will include numbers up to ten million, negative numbers and decimal numbers. Over the first few weeks the children will take the 2017 SATS papers in order to assess individual needs. I will share findings during the first Parents Evening. As a whole school we are moving to a 'Maths Mastery' approach to the teaching of Maths. This simply means that we are working towards a deeper understanding of math's concepts through the use of talk, construction, drawing and writing. The children so far are enjoying it !
English:- Our class reader this term will be 'Wonder' by R J Palacio. Children are encouraged to read daily both at home and in school. This year I have selected 18 special books for all the children to read during their time in Year 6. Spellings will happen in school and follow the curriculum guidelines- we are starting with a focus on the Year 5/6 spelling list , which each child has a copy of.
Science:- Our focus this term is Biology. This includes humans, plants and animals.
Summer term 2017
Highlights of the term:-
Year 5 Day , Poetry Recital, Hautbois Residential Visit, Sports Day and Key Stage 2 Summer Production. Also Year 6 Activity Week and Leavers Assembly.
This term we will focus on longer pieces of writing across a range of genres. We will continue to work on our year group spelling patterns and grammatical structures. We will focus on play scripts as we work towards our production.
This term we will work on mathematical investigations and problem solving.
Our topic this term is Light and it includes Science, Computing, History ,Geography, Art ,R.E. and DT subjects.
Spring Term 2017
Highlights of the term:-
Bikeability , Visit to The Globe Theatre, Year 5 Talks, Science Competition, Year 6 visit to Cambridge University Chemistry Department , World Book Day and History Off the Page.
We will focus on Greek Myths and write our own versions. We will write in a range of non-fiction forms linked to our topic including; biographies, recounts, diary entries and newspaper reports. Spelling , punctuation and grammar continues. Year 6 receive additional homework , due in on a Friday. Please ensure that your child continues to read daily at home and has a suitable book to read in school. This term year 5 will be planning and delivering a talk to another year group.
We continue to calculate in increasingly complex contexts and ensure that we have a secure written method for long multiplication and long division.
We will be learning to work out percentages and converting fractions to decimals and percentages. We will explore ratio and proportion word problems.
We continue to explore shape, time, angles , perimeter and area. We will work on non- verbal reasoning sequences.
Mental Maths continues on a Friday morning. Please have your book in school during the week if you need help with any particular questions.
This term we are exploring chemistry . We will investigate materials and their properties. We will examine changes in materials. We will also introduce the periodic table and begin to learn some of the key elements.
History and Geography
We will explore the country of Greece. We will investigate the world of Ancient Greece.
To explore the teaching of Buddhism.
To explore what Easter means to Christians.
To explore the history of computing.
To know how to keep safe on the internet
To use Scratch to explore simple programmes
Autumn Term 2016
Meet The Teacher - Thursday 8th September
Notes from the meeting: -
- Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily
- Please ensure that your child has a reading book in school daily - this may be a book from home or school
- Children may filter into the classroom from 9:50 and are registered at 9:00
- Full P.E kit needs to be in school each day- sorts, tee shirt, tracksuit and trainers.
- Pencil cases should be flat enough to fit into drawers or returned to school bags. All children need a black writing pen and a glue- stick. These need to be checked and replaced as needed. A few coloured pencil crayons, some fine liners and a short ruler are also useful. Please avoid anything sparkly or neon. A black and a purple fine liner are the most useful. Please name items and avoid lots of expensive stationary!
- Homework- Mental Maths is due in every Friday. Reading and spelling daily. Please ensure that Spelling Book is in school every day as we use it in class. Spelling Tests will be on a Thursday. Year 6 will get additional homework later in the year
- Please pop in to see me if you have any concerns or important information to pass on
Please pop in if you have any questions.