Years 5 and 6
This term our core text is ‘The Fire Children: A West African Folk Tale’ by Eric Maddern. We will be inspired by the content in the text to explore the west African culture and the differences and similarities between African and British cultures.
We will be writing different outcomes through our core text and complete a non-chronological report as well as our own traditional tale.
At Foxfield Primary School, learning is planned in a cross-curricular way ensuring that children can make connections between English and other areas of the curriculum. Lessons are designed to challenge all pupils throughout with many opportunities for teachers and students to assess the learning taking place. This is achieved through our 'Kagan' approach where children are purposefully not grouped by ability to reduce the achievement gap as well as ensuring all children are able to learn the skills of collaboration, sharing, resilience and conversation. Every lesson has multiple 'Kagan' activities incorporated which maximises the opportunities for discussion and peer assessment.
During the Summer term, Year 6's learning will be based around the core theme of, 'Can the world ever be rid of war?', through the scope of the Second World War. Wider discussions about greed, military tactics, alliances, self-defence will enable children to link their learning to current events too happening outside of the classroom such as the conflict in Syria as well as increasing tensions between various global powers. Through this topic, we will be writing flashbacks from the point of view of a soldier casting his mind back to a previous event. A flashback narrative provide the opportunity to show control of tenses for both time periods and balancing plot with dialogue. In addition, Year 6 will critique how characterisation can be achieved through describing a character's actions, thoughts and feelings. Finally, children will demonstrate they understand the importance of engaging the audience and recognising the purpose of writing. There will also be regular reading, spelling and grammar sessions in preparation for SATs and to boost these skills in writing too.
In Maths, we will spend the first half term solving problems involving ratio, time and algebra before reverting to daily arithmetic and reasoning practice before the SATs commencing Monday 14th May. These sessions will re-cap the four operations and key topics: angles, measurements, fractions, decimals, percentages, area and perimeter, volume and money. In the second half-term, we will be revisiting areas covered and focusing on problem solving in preparation for secondary school.
In Science, we will be exploring 'Habitats and Classification', the 'Circulatory System' and 'Electricity'. In all three topics, children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate these investigations. As children near the end of Year 6, there will also be opportunities for children to learn about changes they may recognise in themselves and others as they grow up. Children will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss these changes in their bodies to ensure they feel confident and comfortable in themselves as they move on to secondary school. In P.E, children will spend Summer term preparing themselves for Sports Day.
In the lead up to SATs, the afternoons will be spent focusing on answering reading questions around retrieval, inference and authorial intent. Similarly, we will invest time developing our knowledge of key grammatical terminology and rules through fast-paced activities aimed at ensuring maximum retention. In Summer 2, children will be preparing for their leaver's production and a whole variety of activities planned in recognition of their time at Foxfield Primary School. This will be an incredibly enjoyable and fun-filled way to end their final primary school year.
Every Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, there will be Maths support available to selected children. Over the course of the year, the majority of the year group will attend. It is highly recommended your child attends if selected.
Further information regarding key dates for the Year will be provided closer to the time. Please follow @foxfield on twitter to keep up to date with all the current news and events. Our twitter account gives you an insight into all the fantastic learning that happens at Foxfield, we tweet images of our work, quotes from children and short video clips.
In Year 5 and 6, pupils are able to change their reading book once a week. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.
If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school.
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If you have any questions about our years 5/6 phase or please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our phase leader Mr Bansal.