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Foxes - Yr5/6

Welcome to Foxes Class

Welcome to Foxes class. This is the home of the year 5 and 6 children.

Our teacher is Miss Williams.

We are supported in class by Mr. Batty and Mrs. Cattell.

Miss Williams


Autumn Term 1 2022


Our topics for the first half of the autumn term are the Industrial Revolution for history, the circulatory system in science and we shall be looking at maps and spatial sense in geography. We will be  reading Cogheart by Peter Bunzl along with looking at The Arrival by Shaun Tan.



Our unit this half term is the human body. As part of this topic, the children will focus on the heart and the circulatory system. The learning will enable them to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will be able to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans, and they will be able to recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.



In the first half of the autumn term, the children will be looking at writing to entertain.  We shall be focusing on fantasy narrative writing before moving on to looking at historical narratives.  We shall also study the poemThe Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.  Additionally, we will continue to focus on all aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children will read daily as part of whole class and independent reading. Initially, the focus for our reading will be the book Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. This is the first book in the ‘Cogheart’ adventure series, where mayhem, murder and mystery meet in a gripping Victorian world of fantastical imagination.

Our reading will focus on the application of Reading Reconsidered and FASE reading. The children are always encouraged to apply their inference skills in order to 'read between the lines' and look for the underlying motivations and feelings behind character actions. As ever we thoroughly appreciate and encourage any discussion you can have with your children surrounding their reading. What are they  reading? Can they describe the characters? How do they think certain characters are feeling about a certain situation?

Please can we ask that you encourage your children to read a wide range of materials including both fiction and non fiction and a range of genres, especially within fiction such as historical novels, science fiction and adventure narrative.  



For the first half of the autumn term we shall be focusing, to begin with, on number place value before moving on to the four operations.  This will be the building blocks for the foundations of our future maths learning this year. 

I would be grateful if you could also encourage your children to continue to practice their times tables and related division facts up to the 12 times tables.



Our topic for the first half of the autumn term will be the Industrial Revolution. The children will learn that the Industrial Revolution brought the UK into an era of technology and productivity.  It created wealth for many but social problems and poverty for others.  As part of this topic, they will learn that industrialisation marked a shift from agriculture and rural societies, to urbanisation, machinery, factories and mass production.  They will learn how the iron and textile industries, along with the development of the steam engine, played central roles in the Industrial Revolution.



Our focus for this half term is on ‘spatial sense’. As part of this topic, the children will look at the division of maps and its significance, including lines of latitude and longitude, hemispheres, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. We shall also be looking at map projection and time zones.


Art and D.T

Our focus for this half term is on art in the Italian Renaissance.  We shall be looking at the revival of art that took place in Italy from about 1400 influenced by the rediscovery of classical art and culture reaching its peak from about 1500-1530. The artists we shall be studying are Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.



In this unit, children will be investigating the great significance of the ‘Eucharist’ to Christians.  They will look at the Biblical narrative in order to understand the meaning of thanksgiving and the meaning of being thankful. They will explore how a Christian’s belief in giving thanks to God may give more meaning to life, suggesting their own responses to this idea and what may be the challenges to this in a diverse world of people and beliefs.



In this unit, children will participate in developing ground rules for the class and exploring what they mean in practice.  They will also take part in activities to build positive relationships within many environments and to develop their skills of co-operation.  They will explore the range of new situations they or others may find themselves in, and the emotions they or others may experience.



Our PE focus this half term is on swimming. The children will be going swimming at Stanground every Tuesday afternoon, so will require their swimming kits along with a towel and swimming hats.  In games with YDP, the children will be doing all of their activities outdoors so please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather.



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