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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.

Miss Williams

 

Spring Term 1 2023

 

Our topics for the first half of the spring term are: the rise of Adolf Hitler for history, electricity in science and we shall be looking at North America in geography. We shall start reading Holes by Louis Sachar. The book centres on Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a correctional boot camp in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft. The plot explores the history of the area and how the actions of several characters in the past have affected Stanley's life in the present.

 

Home Learning

Homework will be given out on Fridays and checked the following Wednesday.  Homework this term will be either online through either Purple Mash, Maths.co.uk, SPAG.com or it will written into your child’s home learning book.

Each week there will also be an expectation for your child to be reading a minimum of four times per week.

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 narratives. 

 

Science

Our unit this half term is ‘electricity’. As part of this topic, the children will learn that electricity carries energy, which can be converted to heat and light energy in our homes, schools and places of work.  It is a form of energy, which is found naturally in nature. They will learn that electricity can come from mains and batteries, along with learning all about series and parallel electrical circuits; circuit breakers, such as switches and conductors and insulators.  

 

English

In the first half of the spring term, the children will be looking at writing historical narratives. We shall be focusing on World War II narratives such as Rose Blanche.  We shall also look at a variety of World War II poetry. 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. We shall be reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar – a hilarious and powerful story about crime, punishment and redemption.

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.  

 

Maths

For the first half of spring term Year 6 will start by completing their learning about fractions, before moving on to converting units of measure, ratio, algebra and decimals.  Year 5 will continue their learning all about fractions and then further secure their knowledge of multiplication and division. 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.

 

History

Our topic for the first half of the spring term is ‘The rise and fall of Hitler’. The children will learn all about the events that preceded the start of the Second World War.  Our study begins at the end of the First World War and the armistice agreement – the Treaty of Versailles and takes the children through the events that took place in Germany, such as the rise of the Nazi Party and the events of Kristallnacht. Finally leading to the invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II.

 

Geography

Our focus for this half term is on North America.  As part of this topic, the children will learn all about the countries and diverse environmental regions of North America. In addition, they will look at North American rivers and the affect the ever-increasing population has had on them. We shall also learn about some of the larger North American cities situated throughout the diverse biomes and then complete a comparative study with a city in North America and Peterborough.

 

Art

Our focus for this half term in art is on Victorian art and architecture. We shall be looking the Houses of Parliament as an excellent example of both classical and gothic themes of Victorian architecture. In addition, we shall also look at Victorian architecture more locally starting with our own classroom.  We shall learn about realism and the Pre-Raphaelite artists Millais, Holman-Hunt and Rossetti.

 

R.E.

In this unit, the children will be investigating how Buddha taught his followers to find enlightenment. As part of this topic, the children will have the opportunity to investigate the meaning of enlightenment and its importance to Buddhists. The children will learn about the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the importance of meditation and Buddhist symbols of enlightenment such as the Lotus Flower and the Bodhi Tree.

 

P.S.H.E

In this unit, children will be able to describe the key characteristics and forms of bullying. They will have the opportunity to discuss why someone might engage in bullying behaviour, including some specific types of prejudice driven bullying. In addition, they will learn strategies and be able to confidently demonstrate a variety of assertive techniques to intervene in a bullying situation and to defend a person who is being bullied.

 

P.E

PE this half term will continue to be on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Ferrara. On a Friday, in games with YDP, the children will be doing some of their activities outdoors so please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather.

 

Music

This half term we shall continue our topic ‘World Unite’ As part of this topic the children will learn to keep a steady beat to a complex piece of music, sing the song accompanied by a body beat pattern (highlighting the syncopation of the melody) and investigate ways to arrange body beat patterns in unison and together.

 

 

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