Year 5/6 Mr Parsonage 2019 - 2020

Mr Parsonage

Miss Hancell

Mrs Nicholson


Welcome to Year 5/6 

The topic for this term is

A Whole New World


North America


We will explore Native American beliefs and their way of life, including their spiritual beliefs and the importance of the buffalo. We will look in detail at famous Native Americans, such as Pocahontas.

We will also discuss how European settlers and hunters impacted upon and changed their way of life. We will examine how Europeans travelled to ‘The New World’ and how this has led to modern day thanksgiving celebrations.

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We will locate North and Central America on a world map and identify the countries which make up these regions (focus on Canada, Mexico and The USA). We will focus on New York City, including its population, boroughs and landmarks.

We will also identify the Equator, Tropics, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and the lines of longitude and latitude on world maps and name US states/ Canadian Provinces

The children will make comparisons about life in Britain and life in North America; including comparisons of food and culture (i.e. UK and US English).

They will explore the landscape of North America, its climate and identify key physical features, such as Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon and The Rockies.  We will also discuss Natural disasters e.g. tornados and earthquakes

Children will also examine human geographical features, such as major cities and landmarks, in particular New York and look at how New York has changed over time

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Children will read Anthony Browne’s ‘King Kong’ and will explore the settings and characters in detail, including their feelings and motivations. They will also make predictions and inferences and will begin to justify these using evidence from the text. They will explore the author’s language choices and use these as a model in their own writing.

Children will also create non-fiction reports related to the text.

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In the second half-term, we will also read ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg and will explore a range of genres linked to the text.

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Anthony Browne will be our author of the term and we will explore his works and make comparisons.

English Skills
On-going weekly English skills lessons, with a focus on spelling, grammar and reading comprehension.

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Using ‘The Man Who Walked Between the Towers’ by Mordicai Gerstein, children will explore how a real-life story has been portrayed as fiction. They will infer and deduce from pictures and text and justify their answers where possible.

They will consider a diary entry found written by Philippe Petit just before he left to walk between the towers and identify how the author has built up the suspense. After reading up to the point of the act, children will write a recount in the first person as the main character, using figurative language to describe feelings and scenery.

Finally, the children gather everything they have learnt about Philippe Petit and differentiate between fact and opinion.


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Children will continue in their daily maths groups.

Place Value and four operations

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Class Maths

3D shapes

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We will identify parts of flowers and their functions and then describe the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.

While looking at sexual reproduction in mammals, we will explore the life cycles of different types of mammals in different habitats.

Children will look at the work of scientist Jane Goodall and explain what she discovered about chimpanzees.

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Children will identify scientific evidence that has been used support/ refute ideas in the context of major discoveries made by scientists in the field of electricity.

They will use recognised symbols when drawing circuit diagrams and explain the effect of different volts in a circuit, such as the brightness of a bulb or volume of a buzzer.

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As part of our Science work on electricity, the children will design and make their own sky scrapers which will incorporate electrical systems, such as switches and bulbs.

Hockney and Hopper

After looking at the illustrations in King Kong, we will examine the work of the artists David Hockney and Edward Hopper

We will discuss their style and use of colour and then recreate:

- a scene from King Kong in the style of these artists

- art work using the painting from the artists as starting points.

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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 gymnastics. Children will use imaginative ways to travel and develop their flexibility, strength and balance.

The second half term being dance. Children will respond to stimuli and adapt and change their movements according to the music.

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Games every Wednesday - children will develop skills and apply these to competitive games, including basic principles for attacking and defending.

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Year 6 childrenwill swim in the first half term and refine their strokes.

Weekly wider opportunities instrument session on Fridays taught by Mr Norbury and Miss Wilde. Children will have the opportunity to choose and learn to play a musical instrument.

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We will learn to greet each other in Spanish and play games to learn Spanish numbers and colours. We will also learn a song in Spanish

At the end of the term, we will find out about Feliz Navidad – experience some of the traditions of a typical Spanish Christmas.

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Children will learn how and where Christians worship.

We will look at features of Christian churches; different branches of Christianity; and Christian ceremonies, customs and celebrations and the Bible and it's stories.

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We will learn about the history of animation and how the introduction of computers has changed the process. Children will design and make flip books and then use animation software to create their own scenes.

As part of our E-Safety work, children will understand the importance of creating strong passwords, keeping them safe and the consequences of sharing a password or leaving it lying around.

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