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Years 5 & 6

Years 5 and 6 Curriculum Overview

We are very excited to welcome you back for another fantastic year with lots to look forward to. We begin the Autumn Term with our topic of Darwin’s Delights which will take us on an exciting expedition with Darwin and his crew aboard the HMS Beagle. Along the way we will visit the Galapagos Islands and learn all about the species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution. We will also be considering how religious leaders viewed Darwin’s work.

In our English lessons, we will be concentrating on mostly non-fiction writing with the purpose of informing the reader. We will focus on each stage on the writing process and allow the children to become fully immersed in the text type and the features required, building up to a piece of writing in that genre to demonstrate their understanding. During our guided reading lessons, we will be reading a range of texts to develop inference and deduction skills; explanation skills and improve fluency and expression. Cursive handwriting and beautiful presentation will still remain a priority and we will continue to practice this as well as learning our weekly spelling rules and associated words.

In maths, we will be starting with our unit on place value which will support the children with developing the sense of numbers up to and including millions numbers. We will be comparing and ordering these numbers; developing our rounding skills and learning more about negative numbers in context. Speedy recall of times table and division facts is important for all areas of maths and so these will be a priority for us.

In Science, we will be learning about life cycles and the classification of animals as well as building on our prior knowledge about plants and we will end this half term learning about electrical circuits.

Our art focus for this half term is to develop our sketching skills in order to be able to show movement in our drawings. We will also be developing collaging and printing skills.

In PE the children will be working on improving their fitness and developing their knowledge in multi-skills. For PE days, please can children come to school wearing their PE kit and ensure that a jumper and tracksuit bottoms are worn on colder days as the children will have a session outside. Please also ensure appropriate footwear is worn on these days.

PE Days

Stingrays – Tuesday and Friday

Dolphins – Tuesday and Friday

Sharks – Wednesday and Friday

Polite reminder:

  • Due to current circumstances, please only bring essential items to school on a daily basis: Reading book, spelling book, reading diary, lunch box (if not having hot school meals). Pencil cases are provided in school and currently cannot be brought in from home.
  • Please provide your child with a refillable water bottle that is taken home daily for washing before returning to school the next day.
  • Please ensure sun protection is applied before coming to school.

Adults working in our team are:

Mrs Briers – Stingray’s class, Miss Stankowski – Shark’s class and Miss Parker-Routh – Dolphin’s class

Supporting the children with their learning will be: Mrs Brown, Mrs Briggs, Mrs Wickham, Mr Marshall, Mrs Fox, Mrs Smith and Mr Reynolds.

Thank you for your continued support, please contact us if you have any queries..

Here are some things you might want to do at home:

  • You could undertake some independent research to learn more about Charles Darwin and his work on the Natural History Museum website.
  • Visit the Great Plant Hunt website and be a plant detective – just like Charles Darwin!
  • What can you discover about Lonesome George, the last giant Pinta Island tortoise?
  • Watch David Attenborough’s series “Galapagos”. It is a great source of information and includes fantastic footage of the islands’ animals.

Supporting Your Child at Home