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Year 5 & 6 Autumn 1 Blog

October 13th 2020

Autumn 1 learning Year 5 and 6

Year 5

During this first half term Year 5 have been following a recovery curriculum where we have been re-establishing routines, expectations and our core values at Foxfield.

During the term, we have been working towards our much anticipated ‘Museum of Hope’ through our core and curriculum subjects.

In English, we have been reading ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy and learning how to infer meaning from a text and evaluating the choices the author has made.  From this year 5 have been creating their own free verse poems that centre around the themes of love, kindness, happiness, and friendship as well as incorporating a wide range figurative language device.

In Maths, we have been learning about place value, decimals and fractions. The children have also had the opportunity to apply this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context and reasoning from known facts.  We have continued to practise our arithmetic skills in class and the children have also taken part in Timetables Rockstar battles.

In Science, the children have been learning about different forces and how forces are a part of everyday life. They will also be creating their own water system/carrier by applying the knowledge they gained from the lessons.

In Art we have been exploring the impact of colour and creating our own painting to evoke the juxtaposing themes despair and hope. Year 5 have been analysing the work of Claude Monat and comparing his style to Charlie Mackesy. They have been creating paintings using both techniques to showcase in the final exhibition.

In PE year 5 have been developing their dance routines to the song ‘Rather Be’ by Jess Glynn which is also related to their final project.

As well as all this the children have also been undertaking lessons about well-being which have been received with great enthusiasm across the year group.

Year 6

During Autumn 1, we have been following our recovery curriculum where we initially prioritised re-establishing routines, expectations and the core values we uphold for our communities. During the term, all learning is celebrated through ‘A Museum of Hope Exhibition’, a physical exhibition for children to explore learning across the school.

In English, our core text is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy.  We have been learning how the proverbs included in the text can be perceived and related to our own well-being.

We have used the core text as inspiration to writing a letter of advice as Charlie Mackesy to a child who has been struggling during lockdown. We were able to successfully include features from our writer’s toolkit, such as varied openers, formal tone, model verbs and subjunctive forms. Our letters also include examples of Charlie’s proverbs in a manner that would support the advice we are giving the child. After our letter, we used the reasoning prompts to explain in detail our language choices for particular vocabulary.

In Maths this half term, our main focus was on securing place value, decimals and the four operations. The children have been practising the written method of long multiplication and chunking division of decimals numbers by multi-digit numbers. They have also used and applied the knowledge taught to solve problems in a real-life context such as spotting the error from a restaurant bill.  Each week, the children have been testing their timestables knowledge by battling each other in weekly tournaments on Times Tables Rockstars.

In Art, we explored the impact of colour by creating split art outcomes juxtaposing despair and hope, using the style of the author Charlie Mackesy. At first, we created mood boards to highlight which colours art artistic styles we felt related to particular emotions. The children incorporated a variety of mediums, materials and tools to create a series of landscapes which will be showcased during our final exhibition.