This term our class texts are The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes and Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. They are both linked with our topic which is The Coventry Blitz.
During our reading sessions children are encouraged to develop their understanding of texts and in particular to support their views with evidence from what they have read.
At the beginning of the term the children are assessed on the year five and six spelling words which. Children are expected to practise at home the words that they are not yet able to spell correctly. In school we introduce and follow the year six list of spelling requirements, starting with tious/cious.
As always, please read with your child on a regular basis and encourage them to regularly change their books.
This term we will be focusing on number skills. Children will be encouraged to extend their understanding of place value, sequences and ordering by working with larger numbers up to one million and decimals up to 3 decimal places. The children will also be rounding numbers, using their answers to estimate.
Our topic this term is the Coventry Blitz where we will be using different skills to research and learn about the following key questions:
What was the Coventry Blitz?
Why was Coventry targeted?
What happened during the Blitz?
How did the Blitz/war affect daily life for children/ families of Coventry?
How did Coventry rebuild? (New Cathedral, Peace & Reconciliation – City of Reconciliation)
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This term we will be focusing on decimals, fractions, percentages and algebra.
In preparation for the SATs we will be looking at past papers to pull out key vocabulary and ensure we understand what is being asked of us.
We ask that children practice their multiplication and division facts at home as these help with many of our methods. A great website for this would be Times table Rockstars. TimesTableRockstars
This term we will be exploring two units: What do Religions say to us when times are hard and Salvation.
In the first unit, there is a focus on how Hindu beliefs help them to get through hard times i.e. death. We look at the cycle of Samsara and how Karma can affect the way some people choose to live.
In the second unit, the children look at the impact of Jesus' death on the cross during the Easter Period. We look at the importance of ascension and what that means in the Christian calendar.
This term the children will be looking at two units: High Voltage and Bugs and Bacteria.
In the first unit, the children will associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. They will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness . buzzers and the on/off position of switches. Finally they will recognise symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram
In the second unit, they will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals; they will give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics and investigate the effects of helpful and harmful bacteria including a mouldy read experiment.
Our focus this half term is Dreams and Goals and Keeping healthy. The children will explore what their dreams and goals are how to achieve this. They will also look at ways of keeping healthy which will link back to their unit in science during the Autumn term.