Year 5/6 Miss Jones 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 5/6
The topic for this term is
"Oh the places we'll go..."
Travel and Exploration
Children will learn about life for people in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. We will examine where and when these civilisations appeared and their achievements and influence on the western world, including the development of the pyramids and the foundation of democracy.
Children will understand the role that the River Nile had in allowing Egyptian civilisation to flourish and its importance in everyday life for Egyptians. We will also look at some of the Pharaohs and the mythology that surrounded this early civilisation, especially regarding their religious beliefs and burial rituals
We will also study life in Ancient Greece, including their religion and will research information about different Greek gods. Finally, we will examine the political system in Ancient Greece and compare it with our own political system.
Children will name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time
They will also identify the Equator, Tropics, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Arctic and Antarctic circles and the lines of longitude and latitude on world maps. In addition, children will name Earth’s continents, oceans and time zones, in particular the Prime/ Greenwich Meridian.
This term, our focus will be on the text ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ originally by Jonathan Swift, re-told by Martin Jenkins. We will read the text and study the locations Gulliver explores. Children will write persuasively about these exotic places and will make links between this text and other texts about giants.
Children will also write linked to our topic and science work- including non-chronological reports.
On-going weekly English skills lessons, with a focus on spelling, grammar and reading comprehension.
Children will continue in their daily maths groups.
Securing number facts and calculating
Application of number / Problem solving
Geometry, measures and statistics
In Science this term, we will learn about Earth and space and also Forces.
While learning about Earth and Space, children will:
- Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
- Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
- Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
- Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
While learning about Forces, children will:
- Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
- Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
- Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
Throughout their Science work, children will plan scientific enquiries, take measurements using a range of scientific equipment with increasing accuracy and precision and record data and results of increasing complexity.
Children will investigate examples of Egyptian death masks, they will draw these and then design, make and evaluate their own versions.
They will also explore the designs and shapes of Greek vases before designing their own versions.
This term Years 5 and 6 will take part either in weekly gymnastics lessons every Tuesday or dance on a Thursday, both being taught by specialist teachers.
First half term being dance and the second half term Gymnastics.
Games every Wednesday - children will develop skills and apply these to competitive games, including basic principles for attacking and defending.
Weekly wider opportunities instrument session on Fridays taught by Mr Norbury and Miss Wilde.
Christianity and Islam
We will look at features of Christian churches; different branches of Christianity; and Christian ceremonies, customs and celebrations.
The children will also examine the beliefs and practises of Muslims and explore festivals such as Eid.
We will program an algorithm as a sequence of game instructions with actions and consequences and explore E-safety
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