Hello and welcome back to a new term in Phase 5/6.
This half term we will be exploring life in the Animal Kingdom and have planned a fun-filled range of activities for this half term, to explore our topic learning question 'Existing? Endangered? Extinct?'
In English, for their first piece of writing we will create a discussion text. Our discussion text will focus on the topic of hunting. Children will look in detail at the arguments for and against hunting and see how they can begin to create a balanced argument in their writing. This piece of writing will take three weeks.
After they have completed this piece of writing, the children will then create their own mystery dilemma based on our book for this half term “the White Giraffe”. Children will look at different techniques they can use to build suspense and tension including short sharp sentences and ellipsis.
In Maths, the children will begin by looking at line graphs. They will first look at what is shown on a line graph and how they can make their own statements about what the line graph shows. They will then move on to look at how they can begin to create their own line graphs using graph paper to ensure these are drawn accurately.
Once they have done this children will continue to focus on statistics, but this time they will turn their attention to pie charts and the mean average. Children will need to read and interpret pie charts whilst also starting to draw their own.
The next stage of their learning will look at angles; they will need to identify the different types of angles and also use a protractor to measure angles correctly.
In GPS, we will continue to improve our spelling and grammar this half term, looking at different sentence types, modal verbs and parenthesis. There will also be opportunities to develop their skills at home, as we will send spelling practice home.
Geography this half term, we will be looking to identify the positions and significance of latitude, longitude, the Equator and the northern and southern hemisphere. They will use a range of resources to do this effectively including atlases, globes and digital/ computer mapping. When looking at the Equator and different hemisphere children will create cross curricular links with science to look at how animals have adapted to these habitats.
Our science will concentrate on the life cycle of different mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will compare how they differ from one another and start to give reasons why we think this may be the case. We will then build on this further to look at how some plants and animals reproduce. Once we have done this we will look at how we can use the observable characteristics of all livings things to classify them into different groups.
In RE this half term children will learn about the values of different religions and how these are shown in the codes of living.
Children will continue to practice their Spanish speaking skills over the coming half term. Children will also during PPA be developing and exploring different types of music through a new programme of learning called Music Express. The theme for this term is Journeys and the children will have the opportunity to develop vocally, as well as learning to use some instruments and musical terminology.
New spellings are given out each Monday and will be followed by a test the week after.
Homework is again being handed out in homework books on a Friday, homework tasks should then be completed and handed in on the following Wednesday.
PE will still continue on a Friday with the coaches so children should ensure they are wearing the correct footwear and appropriate clothing.
During Remote Learning, awards, messages and additional tasks will be sent out through Marvellous Me, so we would encourage you to check regularly for new updates.
We would also ask that completed work is returned when collecting new packs, or it can be emailed to your class email address.