Year 5 & 6 Class information page 2022 - 2023
Welcome to Years 5 and 6!
Welcome back to school! Hopefully you have had a restful holiday and you are excited to begin a new year filled to the brim with opportunities! We will be learning new knowledge and skills about all sorts of things from Liverpool in World War II to The Vikings and from algebra to adverbials!
In our geography topic, this half term we will learning about Great Britain and the rest of the world. We will learn what the terms latitude and longitude mean and how to make use of an 8-point compass. We will develop an understanding of the topography of the British Isles and we will learn about some of our country's major cities. We will investigate how time zones change as we travel around the world and what the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn mean. All in all, a fact and fun-filled topic!
In science this half term, we will be learning about space and specifically about how things are moving in space. We will learn why we have day and night and why the seasons change. We will discover how the Earth rotates on its axis as well as orbiting the sun. We will learn why the moon appears to change shape as we go through a month. This is a very interesting topic which will have your mind boggling about the scale of things!
We will develop our knowledge of grammar and writing this half term by studying and enjoying the book Of Thee I SIng by Barack Obama.
We will be using this book to remind us to use a range of punctuation accurately in our writing including full stops, capital letters, commas for lists and to avoid ambiguity, and apostrophes for contraction and possession. We will also be reminding ourselves of noun phrases, adverbial phrases and subordinate clauses and how to use these effectively. Finally, we will be ensuring that we make use of paragraphs where appropriate and organise our writing for clarity, avoiding ambiguity.
In our reading lessons this term, we will be focusing on the wonderful book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a severe facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.
Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
During our reading lessons, we will continue to develop our VIPERS skills. Remember that VIPERS stands for vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising.
Year 5s will be learning about place value and how to understand numbers up to 1,000,000. In this topic, we will learn how to understand Roman numerals - a pleasant little bit of history in your maths lessons! We will then be sharpening our abilities to add and subtract 4-digit numbers using formal methods of calculation whilst also honing our mental mathematics skills of course! Click the TTRS picture below to take you to the Times Tables Rock Stars website so that you get practising your times tables straight away!
Year 6s will also be learning about place value but we will be looking at numbers up to 10,000,000 - that's a lot of counting! We will make sure that we understand how numbers can be represented in lots of different ways and will learn how to effectively interpret the place value columns. Following this, we will practise formal calculation methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Even though you are in Year 6, don't forget to practise your times tables because an excellent knowledge of these facts is a big help when it comes to many different areas of Year 6 maths! Use Times Tables Rock Stars to help you!Click on the picture below to take you to their website.
Year 5s, for this half term, we will be working on our badminton skills with our wonderful sports coach. These lessons will be happening on Monday afternoon so make sure you have your PE kits ready in school. This is your responsibilty remember! Year 6s, you will be going swimming on Monday afternoons so please ensure that you have your swimming kit. Please do not bring goggles unless you have recieved special permission. On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5s and 6s will all be improving their tag rugby skills with our rugby sports coach.
Each week we will have a list of spellings to learn and some maths and English tasks to complete too. Remember homework helps you to practise the skills you learn in school. It does not have to be something to worry about. Be organised with your homework; as soon as you receive it, look at what you have to do and ask your teacher or a friend if you do not understand. Do not leave homework until last minute because that is when it becomes stressful! Your lists of spellings will be attached to this webpage, if you lose them!
Please remember to bring in a water bottle each day. Staying hydrated is healthy and helps you to learn!
Things you can do at home
Don't forget that we do expect you to spend half an hour or so a week on Times Tables Rockstars. Knowing your times tables is a vital skill so get practising straight away by clicking the link below.
Here are some other websites you may find useful and informative...Click the pictures to be taken to the sites.
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