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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


Summer Term 1 2022


Our topics for the first half of the summer term are the early British Empire for history, astronomy in science and we shall be looking at New Zealand in geography. We will be reading Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce - a funny, engaging and warm space story that will have the children hooked and laughing along.



Our unit this half term is ‘Astronomy’. As part of this topic, the children will be able to describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system, along with the movement of the moon relative to the Earth.  They will have an understanding of our solar system and Galactic neighbourhood.  They will also be able to use the idea of Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



In the first half of the summer term, the children will be looking at types of writing to entertain. This half term we will look at science fiction writing. 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. The focus for our reading will be the book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Cosmic tells the side-splitting story of long-legged Liam and his quest to be the first child in space. It's one giant leap for all boy-kind in Frank Cottrell Boyce's out-of-this-world story.

Our reading continues to focus on the VIPERS skills. 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 summer term, both year 5 and 6 will be learning all about the properties of shapes, both 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional, and angles.  Following on from this, year 6 will be looking at statistics and year 5 will focus on position and direction.  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 summer will be the early British Empire 1497-1763.  The children will learn about the origins of the British Empire and its importance for global trade, defence and political power.  As part of this topic, they will learn about the East India Company and the 7 Years War.



Our focus for this half term is on New Zealand.  As part of this topic, the children will look at the physical geography of New Zealand, including climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.  In addition, they will learn about the human geography of New Zealand and the surrounding South Pacific islands, which will include the Maori population and their traditions of storytelling and songs. 


Art and D.T

Our focus for this half term is on printmaking.  We shall be looking at the three main techniques used in printmaking.  To compliment this, we shall look at the print work of famous artists: Andy Warhol, Hogarth, Rembrandt and the Japanese artist Hokusai.



This half term we are going learn all about Hinduism.  As part of this topic we shall be learning about Hindu beliefs about God.  The children will learn the importance of the Aum symbol and of Ganesh to Hindu worship.  They will be looking at different Hindu Gods and Godessess and the role they play. In addition, they will explore the importance of Shrines, Puja Plates and Temples in Hinduism.



In this unit, the children will be able to identify their early warning signs, confidently assess risk and the qualities that make a safe 'network' person.  They will learn to be able to judge whether a secret is safe or unsafe, being able to understand personal boundaries and to recognise behaviours that constitute abuse or neglect.



Our PE focuses this half term are on rounders and athletics. The children will be able to enjoy exercising outdoors, learning some of the skills appropriate for both individual and team sports.

In games with YDP and on a Monday, we will be doing all of our activities outdoors so please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather.



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