ENGLISH: In Class 5 the children will be looking at the genre of Science Fiction; writing a novel set on a planet in a galaxy far, far away. Incidentally, and to help our background knowledge, we will be revising our understanding of the solar system using information books as well as exploring the creation story from the Bible and other cultures. As well as creating a story, we will be using and applying a range of punctuation for effect as well as working on National Curriculum grammar.
MATHS: We will be revising number facts and proceeding to work on sequences, including those with negative numbers, fractions, data and co-ordinates as well as conversions between different units of measure.
HUMANITIES: Geography is our focus and the class will be studying the course of the river Mississippi creating a 3 D model of the three stages and studying the wildlife and demography of the river. Art will start with masks in the style of Modigliani and then proceed to looking at the naïve art of Henri Rousseau, using his inspirational jungle pictures to create the landscape of the planet at the centre of our own science fiction novels.
SCIENCE: We are going to study the heart, keeping fit and healthy and then light and finally electric circuits. There will be some SAT test practice questions included in the timetable to familiarise the year 6 with the format for the formal tests in May. That should keep us all very busy.
English: This half term, having performed Macbeth at the Playhouse, we will begin a new unit of work based on the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Characterisation will be explored with children writing their own version of the tragic tale describing the night setting using a range of writing techniques.
Maths: We will be moving from fractions, decimals and percentages to ratio and proportion and then moving into geometry. Maths investigations will have a focus on algebra. Accurate recall of times tables will continue to be a focus with regular opportunities to use these facts.
Humanities: We are looking at the history of crime and punishment- not too gory- but this theme fits in beautifully with work on The Highwaymen. The periods of history we will consider are, the Middle Ages, the Tudor period, Regency and Victorian ending with WW1 so that gives great chronology too.
Science: This will be focussed on the human body initially and then, linked to light at Christmas, we will move on to the symbols used to create electrical circuits.
English: The context for work will be Macbeth as the class are performing at the Shakespeare School Festival in November. As a result we will be using drama for writing and lots of the grammar and spelling work will be based on Macbeth. Writing arguments, short stories, newspaper articles and letters will give the children ample opportunity to become immersed in the play. As a break from Shakespeare, the children will share, for group reading, War Horse, Private Peaceful and Kensuke’s Kingdom- all titles by Michael Morpurgo.
Maths: Following the national curriculum for year 6 maths, with support for year 5, the term will begin with arithmetic but there will be opportunities for problem solving and investigations too. Using familiar patterns in mathematics and learning how to explain outcomes algebraically will also be part of the first half of the autumn term work.
Science: Adaptation and classification will be the initial unit of work; Mrs Cuthill will lead science in the autumn term.
Humanities: To begin the year the topic will be history and the class will study Scotland and the Scottish wars of independence. Later in the term, the topic will focus on key figures and events from the middle ages, particularly the Magna Carta, King Richard and King John.
Art: As well as mask making, faces of the weird sisters from, guess what? Macbeth, we will be looking at the print making of the Japanese artist Hokusai. Later in the term, to coincide with a major exhibition at Tate Modern, we will be studying the work of Modigliani.
Music: We will be studying The firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky, exploring how composers use rhythm, tempo and dynamics to create variations on a theme and use these ideas to compose our own fanfare. We will work as a class to choreograph a response to the finale music and have opportunities to perform to other classes in the school.
All the children will be lucky enough to continue French with Mrs O’Malley and music with Mrs Cuthill. On Friday for games we have a specialist Karate teacher for the year 6 in the autumn first half term, as the pool at Aylsham High School is out of action due to refurbishment; the year 5 will be having football with Mr Barnard. Tuesday P.E will be led by a specialist gymnast this term.
I think you’ll agree-an action packed beginning to the school year 2017-2018 here in class 5.