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Term 5

Dear Year 5&6,

Welcome back to Term 5! We hope that you are all well and despite it being a rather strange Easter holidays, we hope that you enjoyed being with your families, the glorious weather and if you’re anything like us, eating rather a lot of chocolate!

Learning does look rather different for all of us at the moment but we have lots of fun things planned for you to enjoy. From the mythical world of the Greeks and fascinating Science experiments on materials in the world around us through to thrilling Suspense writing and a very creative Art challenge, there is lots to keep you busy.

We have tried to be very clear in how we have labelled the Google Classroom folders and hope it is easy to follow. We will be expecting you to complete a Maths and English lesson each day (Mon-Thurs) and two Guided Reading tasks across the week. These are your key lessons. These will be accompanied by a minimum of three fun Topic lessons that you can choose over the week. Instructions for these lessons are on the Topic grid and please read these very carefully before starting any tasks. Don’t rush through all of the work in the first few days but spread it out and make sure you find time for exercise, time with family and things that you enjoy most.

We will be checking what you ‘Turn in’ each day and really look forward to seeing your work. Please remember, that in these very challenging times, the only thing we ask is for you to try your best and to get in touch if anything is worrying you or we can help in any way.

We miss you all dearly and cannot wait to be back together again.

Year 5&6 Team

Term 4

Welcome back to another new and busy term!

This term, we are continuing with our Rainforests topic. This topic will have a Geography focus and we will be learning about the Amazon rainforest including both human and physical elements of Geography. We will also begin to compare it with different parts of the world, including England.

In Science, we will be looking at ‘Animals and Humans’ and will focus on different parts of the body, including looking at our vital organs in detail.  Art will be developing water colour skills through painting and will be rainforest linked.

Other subjects this term include: Computing where we will look at blogs; PSHE which focuses on being healthy; and RE where we will be looking at ‘Salvation’.

In English, we are continuing to read Journey to the River Sea by Iva Ibbotson – an Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil. Much of our writing will be based upon this story but other topics will include a discussion text linked to our zoo trip last term.

Maths will be focusing on percentages, shape and statistics along with Make It Stick activities to ensure that children don’t forget the work we have done in previous terms. As always, please encourage your child to go on Mathletics as much as possible and access the termly Maths Packs available on the website.

Our PE day is changing this term and will now be on a Tuesday for Cabot, Brunel and Guppy, and a Friday for Muller and Campbell. As always, it will also be on Wednesday for all Y5/6 classes. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on these days and that it is clearly labelled with their name.

We hope your child has another fantastic term!

Term 3

Welcome back and happy new year! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and are feeling refreshed ready for the term ahead!

This term, we are starting a new, exciting topic called Rainforests. This topic will have a Geography focus and we will be learning about the Amazon rainforest including both human and physical elements of Geography. We have a school trip to Bristol Zoo to explore Rainforests on Friday 14th February – please see letter on website for more details.

In Science, we will be looking at ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and will focus on rainforest animals in particular. Art will link to this also, where we will be designing and making collages of rainforest animals.

Other subjects this term include: Computing where we are are being artists; PSHE which focuses on Dreams and Goals; and RE where we will be looking into ‘moral choices’.

In English, we will be reading Journey to the River Sea by Iva Ibbotson – an Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil. Our writing will be based upon this story, including both fiction and non-fiction text types.

Maths will be focusing on fractions and shape along with Make It Stick activities to ensure that children don’t forget the work we have done in previous terms. As always, please encourage your child to go on Mathletics as much as possible and access the termly Maths Packs available on the website.

Our PE day is changing this term and will now be on a Monday for Cabot, Brunel and Guppy, and a Tuesday for Muller and Campbell. It will also be on Wednesday for all Y5/6 classes. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on these days and that it is clearly labelled with their name.

We hope your child has another fantastic term!

Term 2

Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic half term and are now looking forward to the excitement that term 2 will bring!

We are continuing our World War 2 topic this term but will be focusing particularly on WW2 from 1941 – 1945. We will be learning in detail about key people such as Anne Frank and Alan Turing, as well as finding out about more  events including D-Day and VE Day.

Our topic finale is taking place on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd December and will be a VE Day-style celebration where we will be inviting parents, carers, grandparents etc in to have a look at all of the fantastic work that we have been doing over the last couple of terms. We promise an afternoon of entertainment from tear-jerking poems to uplifting WW2 singing so please put the date in the diary and we look forward to seeing you there!

In English, we will be writing WW2 poetry before moving on to a picture book called Rose Blanche about a young girl living in Germany during WW2.

Maths will be focusing on multiplication and division (two tricky concepts so please encourage your child to practice these methods as much as possible using resources such as Mathletics).

Other subjects this term include Science and DT where we are looking at electricity and circuits; Computing where we are are being architects; and PSHE and RE.

PE continues to be on a Wednesday and Friday so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on these days and that it is clearly labelled with their name.

We hope your child has another fantastic term!

Term 1

A big welcome to you all, especially to any new starters and those children and parents starting in Y5 this year. Y5/6 is a very exciting year group with many opportunities, lots of which are happening this term!

Our topic for terms 1 and 2 is World War II so will have a history focus, as well as dipping in to some areas of Geography too. Alongside this topic, we will be reading Goodnight Mr Tom in our English lessons and producing some pieces of writing based on this book. Science and DT will also be linked to the topic, with a focus on light and controlling devices.

Our trip for the term is to the Steam Musuem in Swindon where the children will be experiencing life as a child during WWII. Please see the letter on the school website for more details. We are always grateful for any parental expertise in any of our areas of learning, as well as volunteers to hear readers.

Please get in touch with your child’s class teacher should you feel able to offer any of your time.

In Maths this term, we will be looking at Place Value before moving onto calculation based work. Please encourage your child to go on Mathletics regularly at home and to practice their times tables as much as possible.

PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday this term. Please help your child to ensure that their PE kit is in school, follows the school policy and is labelled.

We hope your child has a fantastic first term – we are certainly looking forward to it!

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