Years 5 and 6

Year 5 and 6

At Foxfield Primary School, learning is planned in a cross-curricular way ensuring that children are prepared for the future and can make connections between global and local issues and their curriculum. Lessons are designed to challenge all pupils with many opportunities for teachers and students to collaborate and deepen understanding. This is achieved through our 'Kagan' approach where children are encourage to share their thinking and challenge and built on their ideas.


Year 5

In Year 5, children will be learning about sustainable development with a focus on water rights and water shortages, and how climate change compounds the issue. They will initially research and explore the concept of water sustainability and how water is distributed globally. They will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and attitudes towards consumer choices in order to make a change in their school and on a wider global scale, by supporting a grassroots community project that funds water wells to remote regions of a country. The year group will also be supporting the charity WaterAid through a sponsored walk along the Thames.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will also have the opportunity to visit Deptford Creek to explore local sources of water and the British Museum to learn about life in Roman Britain. Later on during the term, they will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Opera House.
In English, the children will read ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. ‘Floodland’ is a fictional story imagining an England covered by water. The children will have the opportunity to watch a documentary about flooding/tsunamis and impact these have on people’s lives. To prepare for writing their alternate ending, children will focus on the author’s language choices and how both character and setting have been described.
The focus in Maths this term is place value and number. Children will be reading, writing and working with numbers to 1 million before improving their accuracy in addition and subtraction. They will then be exploring statistics and linking these to their geography and Science learning.
Children will be linking their Geography learning to Science this half term. They will be examining how water can be filtered in different ways and using litmus papers to investigate different water pH levels. They will also research the impacts of water-related diseases and how water can be filtered.
In RE, children will explore Buddhism and the beliefs, practices and worship of Buddhists.


Year 6

In this term, children will look into the plight of the Bornean rainforest and the palm oil crisis. The children will explore the impact of the consumer demand for palm oil, research and explore the conservation initiatives that are already in place. They will be able to reflect upon their own lifestyle choices to reduce their “palm oil footprint” and develop their skills and knowledge to make a meaningful change in their school and wider community.

The final outcome will be designing an app to monitor the existence palm oil in food and cooking a palm oil free meal.

The children will have the opportunity to listen to speakers from Greenpeace and The Orangutan Trust. Roots to Food will also be delivering a cooking session; this will be a fantastic chance to learn about how to prepare and cook a meal from scratch.
In English, the children will be using both visual and reading texts to inspire their writing on the Bornean rainforest. They will be watching the documentary ‘Red Ape’ which highlights the ongoing deforestation in Indonesia and endangerment of the orangutan population. The classes will be researching about the geography and biodiversity of the forest and analysing model texts before writing a voiceover in the style of David Attenborough. Finally, they will produce an informative non-chronological report on Borneo and its animals.
In Maths, they focus will be place value and number. Children will learn how to read, write and use numbers to 10 million before practising key arithmetic skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In Science, the children will learn about living things and their habitats. They will learn to describe how living things are classified according to their observable characteristics and begin to group different species in an ecosystem. Finally, the children will create a classification key to group animals and will use their keys during a trip to the Woodlands Trust in Shooters Hill.
The focus in RE this term will be Judaism. Children learn about the central Jewish teachings and beliefs before comparing and contrasting different religious beliefs and practices.