Years 5 and 6

Year 5:

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 Autumn term, the learning in year 5 will be based around the core theme of ‘Environmental Responsibility', through the scope of water sanitation and pollution. In the first half term, we focused on the decline of honeybees locally and globally and thought about how we as a school community could do more to take a proactive action. Wider discussions around sustainability, the use of pesticides, the concept of organic farming and urban beekeeping took place. In Autumn 2 the children in year 5 will be exploring the global issue of water sanitation and how countries around the world are working towards the sustainable development goal number 6: Clean water and sanitation.

Through this topic, we will be writing sponsorship forms and a partnership wide newsletter reporting our learning journey to our partnership schools and offering solutions to how we can help towards the goal. We will be working towards creating a team of water warriors across the school to have a local impact and raising money towards building a water well in a less developed country. The children will be able to see themselves as global citizens and how they can be agents of change in a world where we are all so interconnected. 

In Maths, we will spend autumn 2 solving problems involving the four operations (written methods and mental methods) before moving onto statistics and capacity. We will be exploring the relationship between the four operations. Furthermore, to consolidate understanding of number, we will identify cube numbers, square numbers, prime numbers, multiples and factors.

In Science, we will be exploring the scientific skills of investigation. In this topic, children will be encouraged to plan, carry out and evaluate the quality of water from a range of sources. For our project outcome, Year 5 will be planning and organising a sponsored walk to raise money to build a water well in a developing country. 

 

Year 6:

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 Autumn term, Year 6's learning will be based around the core theme of 'Peace and Conflict', through the scope of the Second World War. In the first half term, we focused on the global refugee crisis and lobbied Matthew Pennycook MP to take more proactive action. 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 newspapers with an emphasis on bias. 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 the four operations (written methods and mental methods) before moving onto fractions. We will be exploring the relationship between equivalent fractions before learning to multiply and divide fractions. Furthermore, to consolidate understanding of number, we will identify cube numbers, square numbers, prime numbers, multiples and factors.

In Science, we will be exploring 'Light'. In this topic, children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate different investigations. We will identify the different properties of light and its composition as well as investigating how the size of shadows can be influenced.

For our project outcome, Year 6 will be producing a campaign video aimed at promoting peace. Digital Art will be incorporated into our campaigns/brands through the use of iPads and various applications.

If you have any questions regarding the Year 5/6 phase please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Mr Bansal.