Red Kites Class (Years 5 & 6) Curriculum 2016-17
This term we will be learning about World War 2, and how children in the local area were affected.
We have special trips planned for May, as well as people coming in to talk to the children about
Halesworth in the war.
In Science we will learn about evolution, hereditary features and living things – this will include life cycles and reproduction. We will have the school nurse coming in later in the term to talk to the children about how their bodies are changing, and relationships.
Maths will continue to follow the Primary Advantage Maths resource. The children have spent 1 or 2 week blocks looking at various maths skills, including: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, statistics, algebra, measurement, shape, angles and more. The BBC bitesize website is a great resource to help the children practice, and cement, these skills further at home, if they so wish.
We will also look at certain areas of maths in other subjects; art and design are perfect examples of these. We will be designing and creating scaled models of Andersen shelters, that will link to maths, D&T and our Topic.
Pupils are asked to practise their times tables each week at home. They may choose to practice whichever ones they are least confident with. A mixed times table quiz will be given every Thursday afternoon to ensure your child is confident with them all.
In Literacy we will be looking at many genres, including: recounts, descriptive writing, persuasion, information texts, journalism, poetry and script writing. Some of these units will be based on specific texts that are highlighted on the ‘100 books to read before you leave primary school’ lists online, as well as non-fiction texts like War Boy.
Each week pupils are given spellings from the years 3, 4, 5 and 6 spelling words lists found in the curriculum. These are tested every Thursday.
We will be having a focus on guided reading skills this term. We ask that your child reads frequently at home, as it will help their understanding. By year 5 and 6, the government expects children to be able to understand a wide range of texts, be able to discuss and debate characters’ motives, actions and storylines, to compare a variety of stories and to have a good understanding of why an author choose specific words in their writing. When you read at home with your child, these are good things to question and focus on.
Children are also very lucky to have two talented sports coaches each week – on Mondays and