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Faith - Year 5/6

Miss Moore

Teacher

When I was a child, I loved to read. I can remember weekly trips to our local library and borrowing stacks of books to take home. One of the earliest authors I can remember enjoying is Enid Blyton. My grandad let me borrow his collection of Famous Five books and I loved the adventures the children would go on. I also really enjoyed Malory Towers books and I am sure I read the entire collection and even had them as audio books (which I can remember making my whole family listen to when we went on holiday in the car!). As well as Enid Blyton, I loved to read books about animals, in particular Animal Ark and Dolphin Diaries by Lucy Daniels. One final author that sticks in my mind is Michal Morpurgo. We spent lots holidays on the Isle of Scilly, and I think it is this reason that I really enjoyed his books set on the islands (in particular, The Wreck of Zanzibar and Why the Whales Came).

Mrs Warne

Support staff

I love to read! My favourite book of all time is The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I remember loving it when it was read to me and I have read it to my own children too.

Mr Rogers

Support staff

One of my favourite books since a young age has to be The Twits! Still funny to this day! Books written by Michael Morpurgo I have enjoyed as well, in particular Born to Run!

Summer 2
 
In maths, we will be exploring Properties of Shapes and Position and Direction. During this unit, children will be recapping angles, nets of shapes as well as drawing shapes accurately. In addition to this, children will be focusing on translation, symmetry and reflection across one or more quadrants. 
 
 
Furthermore, we will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback4's to encourage retention.
 

During our topic this half-term, we are going to be exploring America. We are focusing on The Americas as a case study, to increase our sense of place and our understanding of the geographical location of America, and the variation of both places and biomes which are found within America. We will begin by locating America and the states of America, before we focus in on the Geography or our local area, and how it compares to America, particularly in terms of the weather and climate. 

 

In our English this half term, we will be studying short stories from the book, 'Survivors' by David Long. Each week we will be focusing on a different story and we will have opportunities provided to produce a range of mini writing outcomes. As well as this, there will be a poetry focus for one lesson each week, where children will learn about different poetry styles such as: blackout poetry, Tanka poetry and list poetry. As our final outcome, we will be producing a survival guide for an adventurer, to practise and apply all of our learning through this year. 

 

In Whole Class Reading, we will continue to explore a range of texts and genres and we will continue to practise applying the key reading skills. in addition to this, we will be continuing to develop our love for reading.

 

In RE this half term, we will be thinking about the question ‘Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?’ This unit offers children the opportunity to draw together some previous learning about Christian, Hindu and non-religious beliefs. It explores religious and non-religious responses to life and considers why some people, particularly Cornwall, find that their faith can help them celebrate the good times in life but also to cope with the difficult times. The unit question may imply that faith does always help, but of course the answer can be, ‘It doesn’t help at all!’ Non-religious responses may be that religious faith only offers a fantasy rather than concrete help.

 

In RE this half term, we will be thinking about the question ‘Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?’ This unit offers children the opportunity to draw together some previous learning about Christian, Hindu and non-religious beliefs. It explores religious and non-religious responses to life and considers why some people, particularly Cornwall, find that their faith can help them celebrate the good times in life but also to cope with the difficult times. The unit question may imply that faith does always help, but of course the answer can be, ‘It doesn’t help at all!’ Non-religious responses may be that religious faith only offers a fantasy rather than concrete help.

 

 In Science, we will be looking at the Year 6 unit of Animals Including Humans. During this unit, the children will be identifying and naming the parts of the human circulatory system as well as describing the functions. In addition to this, children will be planning a scientific enquiry around how exercise impacts on the human body. Children will also be able to explain the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body, as well as describing how scientific evidence highlights the dangers of smoking. 

 

 Our PE for this half-term will be athletics. We will be focusing on developing sprinting techniques, hurdling with control and rhythm, demonstrate appropriate body positions for throwing greater distances and to improve distance from take off to landing in one jump.

 

 For our music lessons, we will be continuing our Ukulele course. The children have already learnt how to correctly position the ukulele for play, and how to play the ukulele correctly, sing a variety of simple songs and strum open string patterns rhythmically and in time.  During Summer 2, children will be practising changing between chords fluently as well as improvising different chord rhythms.

 

In our computing unit, children will be creating a game. They will be exploring the 2DIY 3D tool on Purple Mash, as well as exploring what makes a good computer game, before creating their own through planning, designing and creating a game environment and then going onto design and create the game quest, before finishing and sharing the game with others in the class.

 

Finally, in PSHCE, we will also be developing our understanding of our own thoughts and feelings, within the overarching concept of a person’s mental health. The children will be developing a secure understanding of the concept, as well as understanding why it is so important to protect their mental health, before developing some strategies to help with their managing of their emotions.

 

Summer 1

 

Welcome back everyone, we hope that you have had a lovely Easter break!

 

For our maths this half term we will be continuing on from our Spring 2 learning where we will be finding the perimeter and area of shapes. We will then be introducing children in Year 6 to the world of ratio where they will be using ratio language and the ratio symbol to investigate and calculate ratio before moving on to scale factors as well as solving a range of ratio and proportion problems within a range of contexts. Whilst the Year 6s are learning about this, Year 5 will be moving on to statistics where they will be learning about different ways of recording data.

We will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback4's to encourage retention. In addition to this and to help prepare our Year 6’s for their forthcoming SATs, we will be allocating an additional 15 minutes a day to arithmetic focusing on the four operations.

 

 We will be continuing with our Spring 2 topic 'Marvellous Mayans' for the first part of the Summer term. Children have already compared sources from two ancient civilisations to form hypotheses, have identified why the Maya were so significant, created a poster to show why they were able to be self-sufficient as well as identified important Mayan places. Children will be building on their current knowledge of the Mayans during this half-term. They will be discovering what life was like at the peak of the Mayan civilisation, finding out about Mayan gods, using sources to help them answer questions about the Mayan people and finally, comparing theories before developing their own opinions about the decline and demise of the Maya. 

 

For English this half term, we will be spending the first two weeks recapping some key grammar learning. Every lesson will provide children with an engaging stimulus (animal related) and will give them the opportunity to be reminded of the grammar rules before completing a range of whiteboard and writing challenges linked to the focus. In addition to this, we will be completing a sequence of learning around the Literacy Shed video stimulus ‘Oktapodi’. During this unit, children will be considering different character viewpoints through emotions and show don’t tell techniques before planning and writing their own narratives from their chosen perspectives. Furthermore, children will be exploring monologues and will have a go at writing an inner monologue with careful consideration to the effect it has on the reader.

 

For our Guided Reading this half-term, we will be having a real focus on the individual reading skills needed to answer test-style questions. We will also be spending some time exploring the book Pop! By Mitch Johnson.

 

 

For RE, we will be considering the question, ‘Why do Hindus try to be good?’ To allow us to answer this, we will begin by looking at the concept of, ‘Brahman’, the energy of the universe. When we have considered the importance of Brahman to Hindu believers, we will be determining how a person’s atman (their soul) is distracted by the trivial pleasures of our world today. For example, technology, games and material objects. Another key concept we will be studying is ‘Samsara’, which is the cycle of life, death and re-birth. Within this, we will be exploring how a person’s karma can determine their Samsara cycle. Most importantly, how a person’s karma determines the physical body in which they’re reborn. A case study we will be looking  at within this unit is Gandhi, exploring the importance of non-violence and harmlessness towards all living things, to preserve a living thing’s ‘spirit of Brahman’. Concluding this unit, the children will be tasked with generating a written response to answer the unit question, encouraged to use all their previous learning to inform their response.

 

In Science, we will be looking at the Year 5 unit of Animals Including Humans. Children will be able to describe the stages of human development including how babies grow and develop, the main changes that occur during puberty, as well as the changes that take place in old age. Children will also have the opportunity to work scientifically to report findings from enquiries, record complex data using graphs and models and identify relationships between variables.

 

Our PE for this half-term will be striking and fielding. During this unit, we will be focusing on effective batting, accurate underarm and overarm bowling and the importance of fielding within a competitive striking and fielding game.

 

For our music lessons, we will be completing our Ukulele course. This course of 8 lessons is built around eighteen songs that take beginners from playing open strings to songs that use three chords. Pupils will learn the chords C, F, G7 and G in order of difficulty, beginning with the easiest; the chord of C.

 

 During our computing unit, we will be moving onto the next Purple Mash unit, 'Coding'. During this unit, children will begin to simplify code, understand what simulation, decomposition and abstraction are in computer science before creating a playable game. 

 

Finally, in PSHCE, the Year 6s will be exploring what wellbeing and social media mean; thinking about actions we can take to look after our wellbeing both online and offline. Furthermore, we will begin to think about feelings and common anxieties children face when moving to secondary school whilst looking at ways to manage these feelings in order to positively manage the upcoming transition. The Year 5s will also be developing their understanding of their feelings, within the overarching concept of a person’s mental health. They will be developing a secure understanding of the concept, as well as understanding why it is so important to protect their mental health, before developing some strategies to help with their managing of their emotions.

 

Spring 2

Welcome back everyone, we hope that you have had a lovely half-term break and made lots of wonderful memories with your families. We are really looking forward to having you back and getting stuck into another fun-filled 6 weeks of learning! 

 

For our Maths this half-term, we will begin by completing our fractions, decimals and percentages unit of learning. After this, we are going to be moving onto measure, where we will be learning about metric and imperial measures as well as spending some time looking at time tables. This half term, Year 6 children will be spending some time learning about and having a go at using algebra whilst the Year 5 children consolidate their learning on fractions, decimals and percentages and carry out some investigation work. Finally, we will all end the Spring Term with a unit of work on area and perimeter of shapes. Alongside this, times tables will continue to be a focus, due to their pivotal importance and underpinning of all maths learning. 

 

Our topic for this half-term is titled 'Marvellous Mayans'. During this history topic, we will be comparing sources from two ancient civilisations to form hypotheses, identifying why the Maya were so significant as well as how they were able to be self-sufficient. Not only this, we are going to be identifying important Mayan places, discovering what life was like at the peak of the Mayan civilisation, finding out about Mayan gods, using sources to help us answer questions about the Mayan people and finally, comparing theories before developing our own opinions about the decline and demise of the Maya. 

 

Our English unit for this half-term is going to be based around a book study, 'Orphans of the Tide', which was written by Struan Murray. This will also be our class read for the half-term. During this writing unit, we will be writing a description of the whale on the roof from a chosen character's perspective, writing a diary entry from a chosen character, exploring some descriptive techniques which were used by the author before writing our own descriptions of a shipwreck and of an invention. Our final bit of writing from this will be to plan and write a flashback sequence. 

 

For our Guided Reading this half-term, it will be based on themed weeks. These will include units celebrating International Women’s Day and World Book Day and comparing texts linked to time-travel. There will also be a week focusing on flashbacks to support with a part of our writing unit. These daily sessions will continue to follow our Whole Class Reading structure with Friday sessions being independent comprehensions to allow pupils to practise skills being taught in a range of contexts. In addition to this, pupils will have 20 minutes of silent reading each day. During these sessions, adults will listen to pupils read aloud to promote fluency and to check comprehension. AR quizzes will be taken once a child has finished a book to also check for understanding and to ensure that your child is reading an appropriate book at the right level. The children will also have the opportunity to listen to their chosen class book, ' Orphans of the Tide' at the end of each day. 

 

For RE, we will be considering the question, 'Why do some people believe in God, and some people not?" During this unit, we will be defining the terms theist, atheist and agnostic, and we will give examples of statements that reflect these beliefs, we will be identifying and explaining what religious and non-religious people believe about God, we will be comparing and contrasting some of the different religious beliefs about God and what they believe their God to be like. We will also be giving examples of reasons for whether people do or do not believe in God, as well as reflecting on and articulating some ways in which believing in God is valuable in the lives of believers, as well as exploring ways that it can present challenges. 

 

Our PE for this half-term will be gymnastics. During this unit, we will be exploring a variety of balances both on the floor and on apparatus, including matching, mirroring and contrasting balances. In addition to this, we will be working collaboratively to link balances together in a short sequence and we will be practising meeting and parting using different gymnastic elements to create, perform and evaluate a final sequence. 

 

For our music lessons, we will be completing our next Charanga unit focused around one song: 'Dancing in the Street' by Martha and the Vandellas.  Pupils will be listening and appraising a range of Motown music, learning to sing the Motown classic as well as improvising using their voices and also glockenspiels. 

 

During our computing unit, we will be moving onto the next Purple Mash unit, 'Concept Maps'. During this unit, we will be understanding the need for visual representations when generating and discussing complex  ideas and will be able to create a range of concept maps to present ideas to an audience. 

 

Finally, in PSHE, we will be exploring ways to keep ourselves safe online, including being 'share aware' and the importance of being respectful online. 

 

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
 
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
 
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.