This half term the children will be learning about the properties of shape. This unit will involve exploring, calculating and measuring angles and learning about the properties of 2D and 3D regular and irregular polygons.
As the end of the year approaches, we will also be revisiting many key concepts in maths working especially on our reasoning skills.
We feel that it is vital that there is plenty of practice of times tables facts. This will help children with their future learning in many areas of mathematics.
To practice your times tables at home you can also visit these websites:
Last term your child was sent home with their timetables rock star account details, please ensure that your child is logging on daily practicing their times tables.
This half term’s English writing will be based around the famous Anglo-Saxon Epic poem Beowulf, which is over 1000 years old!
It tells the story of a famous warrior, Beowulf, who travels to the land of the Geats in order to defeat a monster which has been terrorising the kingdom.
We will start the term with a chacarcter description on the monster, followed by a comic strip version of the poem.
SATs for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling are now over but we will be ensuring that all our hard work is not forgotten, with regular lessons of key topics and weekly spelling tests.
Please help your child by using these websites with them: https://wwwspellingframe.co.uk
In Reading Pupils will be taught to:
reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes.
using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read.
identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books.
discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and explaining the meaning of words in context
asking questions to improve their understanding of a text.
drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.
predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
Science - Animals including humans
Animals including humans will be our Science topic this half term. Within this unit the children will be taught to:
History - Ancient Greece
In History this half term, the children will continue to learn about Ancient Greece, continuing on from last half term. There will be a huge focus on Greek literature, philosophy and The Odyssey which is an epic poem in 24 books traditionally attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer.
Around the year 507 BC the people of Athens invented Democracy which gave power to the people. Athens entered a Golden Age and became rich and powerful. Sparta declared war on Athens and they fought each other for nearly thirty years. We call this war the Peloponnesian War. In 405 BC, Sparta defeated Athens. The Athenians built a temple called The Parthenon. The architecture of the Parthenon is still copied today. The ancient Greeks loved telling and listening to stories at the theatre. One of the most famous playwrights was an Athenian man called Sophocles who wrote over 120 plays. The Greeks loved tragedies, comedies and satires which poked fun at people. Greeks loved poetry too and a famous epic called the Odyssey was written by a man called Homer. It tells the story of Odysseus’s voyage home after the Trojan war. Ancient Greeks also loved Philosophy - a Greek word which means ‘to love wisdom.’ The three most famous Greek philosophers the world has ever known are Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
Geography - Climate and Biomes
In the world there are seven continents. The Mediterranean Sea separates Europe from the continent of Africa. To the west of Europe is the Atlantic Ocean. To the north of Europe is the Arctic Ocean. There are over fifty countries that make up the continent of Europe.
We use the word climate to describe what the weather is usually like. The Equator is the line of latitude in the middle of the Earth. Countries very close to the Equator, like Brazil, are very hot for most of the year. 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and these oceans can affect climates. The Gulf Stream is a special ocean current that moves warm water from the Equator to the North. It helps to keep our climate mild here in Britain. In Britain, we have a temperate climate - not too hot and not too cold. Where areas of the Earth have similar climates, plants, animals, we call these places biomes. A rainforest is a biome that is hot and wet all year round.
Physical Education is on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.
This half term in PE, we will be preparing for Sports Day by with athletics training.
The year 6’s will continue with their weekly swimming lessons which will take place at our local swimming pool in Chestnuts primary school.
Health & Relationships Education
Our final unit in Year 5/6 explores how to cope with change. In Year 5/6, this has a particular importance as some of our children begin to prepare for life in secondary school. Lessons this term include developing self-esteem and work on making friends. There will also be another session with the NHS sponsored Trailblazers.
In Art, children will be exploring using watercolours on different fabrics to make a picnic.
In Music, we will continue to use the Bamboo tamboo musical instruments as a
whole class and in groups. Bamboo Tamboo are hollow, plastic tubes that make a specific pitch when hit. We will explore rhythms and cultures from around the world. The children will compose their own music using the instruments and perform these at the end of the unit.
The Hebrew Bible is made up of lots of different books, and the first of these is called the Book of Genesis.
It contains a story about a man called Abraham, and Jewish people all over the world believe that their religion began with him. According to the Hebrew Bible, God spoke to Abraham and promised him the land at Canaan for his people. Another story about Abraham is that he and his wife Sarah had a son named Isaac. God asked Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice which Abraham was about to do until an angel stopped him and Isaac was saved.
When Isaac grew up he married Rebekah and they had a son named Jacob who would one day have twelve sons! Jacob had a twin brother named Esau who was the eldest. Jacob tricked Esau in order to get his father’s inheritance. Because of this, Jacob had to run away from the Promised Land. While on his travels, God spoke to Jacob in a dream and promised him the land. Years later, Jacob tried to make up with his brother and prayed to God to help him. He prayed so hard and struggled with God so much that his hip snapped.