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Years 5 & 6

Welcome to Years 5 & 6, our classes are Dolphins, Sharks and Stingrays.

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Happy New Year! We do hope you had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.

This half term, our curriculum focus areas are geography and design and technology.

Geography

In geography, the children will recap the continents and oceans of the world, as well as learning where the UK is in relation to the rest of the world. They will be comparing the physical features of the Lake District and Milton Keynes using ordinance survey maps, as well as comparing their land use.

Design Technology

In design and technology, the children will be learning about electrical systems. Throughout the unit, they will develop their understanding of how motors are used in electrical products and work towards designing and making their own product.

Science

Our science work will be developing the children’s understanding of night and day, as well as revisiting the planets that make up our solar system. We will also be investigating forces including friction, air resistance, water resistance and gravity.

English

In English, we will be writing setting descriptions based on our previous learning about World War 2. The children will continue to secure the basics of accurate sentence construction whilst developing their use of a full range of punctuation for Key Stage 2 and ambitious vocabulary.

This term, we will continue with PE twice weekly in school with the children learning rugby and further developing their gymnastics skills. Throughout the term, we will also be taking part in a range of computing, music, PSHE and French activities.

Core Texts

Holes by Louis Sachar – Stingrays

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Sharks and Dolphins

Reading at home

Please remember it is important to hear your child read at home or share stories with them. The homework policy is to read 5 times a week at home. Your child will bring home a coloured reading book but is also encouraged to read a book for their own enjoyment, for example an information book, a magazine or a poetry book.

Activities at home

  • Conduct your own research into the Space Race

  • Research how space travel has developed over time and create a scrap book to help inspire your own creation this half term

  • Take a trip to the Science Museum

  • Research who Katherine Johnson was and her impact on space travel

  • Design a new space suit for the astronauts, labelling what materials you are using and why. Can you find some materials around the house to create this with?
  • Make a model of the solar system and try to depict the relative size and distance of the planets using your maths skills

Homework

We will be continuing to set homework this half term in line with the homework policy:
•In Year 5 and 6, maths and English homework is set online every Thursday and is due in the following Tuesday
•Children are expected to read a minimum of five times per week and this is to be recorded in their planners (Year 6) or reading records (Year 5)
•Children should access TT RockStars for a minimum of 10 minutes daily. It is important that all children are able to recall their times table and division facts randomly and at speed
•Throughout the year, additional spelling, punctuation and grammar homework may also be set to support the learning taking place at school.
•Homework club is run every Thursday during lunch time if the children would prefer to complete this at school.

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Important information

This year, the children are expected to bring in a pencil case containing the necessary stationery. This should be able to fit into their tray and include the following items:
•Two black handwriting pens of your choice
•Two pencils
•A rubber
•A sharpener


Optional:
•A 30cm ruler
•A green editing biro
•A highlighter
•A glue stick
•Scissors

PE Days

PE lessons will continue twice weekly in school. For PE days, children should come to school wearing their PE kit. Please ensure appropriate footwear is worn on these days. The children will have PE on the following days, please note there have been some slight changes:

We will have PE on the following days:

  • Stingrays: Monday and Thursday
  • Sharks: Monday and Thursday
  • Dolphins: Wednesday and Tuesday

Our PE Kit

Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery should be worn – including earrings. Ears that have been recently pierced and cannot be removed will need to be covered.

The teachers in Key Stage 2 are:

The adults supporting in Key Stage 2 are: