Great Links - Year Five and Six

Autumn Term 2
English
 
Our first text in English this half term is Michael Morpurgo's adaptation of the Old English epic poem 'Beowulf'.
During this unit, the children will be writing in different styles and genres and using a range of grammatical features such as relative clauses, alliteration and the subjunctive tone.
They will also be considering the author's use of language and using that to describe character, setting and atmosphere.
As a hook for our English unit based on Beowulf, the children were archaeologists, uncovering the ancient barrow (tomb) of a warrior king. They explored and discussed the treasures they uncovered and had to ask questions to help them discover the identity of this king.
Spellings
 
As well as our daily Read Write Inc. spelling scheme, we are also thinking about the statutory spellings for Year 5 and 6. The children need to be able to spell these within their writing and spot when they have been spelled incorrectly. We will also be revising the Year 3 and 4 spellings as these are expected to be spelled correctly within your children's writing. Can you please support your children with their spellings at home by encouraging them to practise their spellings and by quizzing them regularly. Thank you.
 
We often carry out proof-reading activities to spot spelling and grammatical errors within writing which look at spelling words from across Key Stage 2 (Year 3 - 6). This is an important skill to learn so that we can apply it to our own writing and spot our own mistakes.
Maths
 
In maths this half term , the children will be focusing on the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) and solving problems using their knowledge and understanding of these.
They will be considering factors and multiples and looking for common factors and common multiples of a range of numbers before using their understanding to consider the rules of divisibility.
 
Within multiplication and division, all of the children will be learning and revising multiplication of numbers up to 4-digits by a 2-digit number and division with remainders. Year 6 will also be learning how to divide numbers by a 2-digit number using the formal method for long division as well as finding out about the order of operations in a multi-step calculation
(e.g. 4 + 7 x 3 = 25).
 
All children will use what they have learned to solve problems involving the four operations and provide justified reasons for their answers.
 
As this maths relies heavily on the children's knowledge and quick recall of the times table facts (both multiplication and division facts), it is essential that they continue to revise and rehearse their times tables on Times Table Rockstars.
KIRFs
 
Please find the KIRFs for Year 5 and 6 for this half term below. We really appreciate you supporting your children with learning these facts and quizzing them at home to develop their recall.
 
This half term, the Year 5 children need to be able to recall all of the multiplication and division facts for each times table up to 12 x 12
(e.g. 8 x 12 = 96, 12 x 8 = 96, 96 divided by 12 = 8, 96 divided by 8 = 12).
 
Year 6 children are required to identify common factors of a range of numbers. A factor is an integer (whole number) that divides exactly into a selected whole number with no remainder. Common factors is an integer which is a factor of two or more numbers
(e.g. 8 is a common factor of 24 and 56 because 8 x 3 = 24 and 8 x 7 = 56).


If you have any questions regarding these, please message me via Class Dojo.
Science
 
Our science for this half term is 'Properties and Changes of Materials'.
During this unit, the children will be considering how to classify materials based on a range of properties, including transparency, solubility and hardness. They will be planning enquiries to explore how some materials dissolve in liquid as well as using their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures should be separated, presenting their findings to the rest of the class.
The children will also be investigating irreversible changes and considering the uses of everyday materials based on their properties.
Theme Learning
 
This half term, our theme learning is based around History.
The children will be learning about the Roman Empire and asking what was the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain?
During this sequence of learning, the children will be considering how the Roman Empire became so powerful and why they wanted to invade Britain in the first place.
They will examine causes and results of great events by discovering who Boudicca was and how and why she rebelled against the Romans and will consider changes across history by investigating what they Romans built and engineered in Britain.

Home Learning

 

Just a reminder that your children need to access Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed each week for their home learning. This should be at least ten minutes each day as learning is more successful when practising little and often rather than once or twice a week in larger time slots.

 

As well as the above learning, your children also need to engage with their Knowledge Organisers. Last term, we looked at how to do this through the use of mind maps and spider diagrams to help support their learning and understanding.

 

Your children also need to ensure that they are reading regularly at home. The children then need to complete quizzes in school based on the books that they have read.

 

Should you require any support around any of the home learning, please feel free to message me on Dojo and I can go through it in greater detail.
2022 - 2023
Autumn Term 1
Welcome Great Links Class of 2022/2023
 
It is another new academic year and I am looking forward to welcoming a new Year 5 cohort and seeing last year's Year 5s step up and take the top spot as our new Year 6s.
 
Year 6 is an important year for your children as it not only concludes their primary education, but also prepares them for their journey on to secondary school. As such, we encourage the children to be independent and resilient learners who see mistakes as a necessary part of their learning journey and are keen to accept the varying challenges that they face.
It is a great opportunity for the Year 5 children to begin to think about the same things as Year 6 - we have a class focus on resilience and independence and see mistakes as essential.
 
Please have a look at the Andaras non-negotiables for Year 5 and 6 attached below. These detail the National Curriculum expectations for your children in their reading, writing and maths as laid out by the Government.
 
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning, feel free to message me on Class Dojo between the hours of 8.30 and 5 and I will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. I do not look at these messages during teaching time but will access them during lunchtime or after school.
 
If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please remember to contact the office to inform them.
 
I look forward to meeting those of you who I don't really know over the coming weeks and beginning our journey together in supporting the learning of your children.
English
 
Our first unit in English this half-term will be non-fiction writing. We will be creating a class book about wild animals based on the book 'Animalium' by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott.
We will be using this book for our writing sessions as well as our guided reading so that the children will be able to truly immerse themselves with the wonderful language and images and really get a feel for how they will be creating their own texts.
During this unit, the children will be revising their use of expanded noun phrases and adverbials as well as thinking about passive verb forms and parenthesis to add additional information. 
Maths
 
As always, we will be starting the year with a focus on place value.
The children will be considering the value of each digit in a number up to 1 million (Year 5) and 10 million (Year 6). 
 
This will be broken down into smaller steps and looking at numbers up to 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000 and 10,000,000 respectively.
The children will need to be able to write numbers up to one/ten million both as numbers using numerals and in words which will all need to be spelled accurately.
 
They will also be comparing the values of different numbers based on their values and will be learning Roman Numerals up to 1,000. They will need to be able to recall these facts so it would be great if you could share the Roman Numerals mat with them and quiz them on the value of the different letters.
KIRFs
 
As a school, we have decided to implement Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) from Years 1 - 6. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of. They are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths learning in our school.
 
Please find the KIRFs for Year 5 and 6 for this half term below. We really appreciate you supporting your children with learning these facts and quizzing them at home to develop their recall.


If you have any questions regarding these, please message me via Class Dojo.
Science
 
Our science topic for the first half-term is Earth and Space.
During this unit, the children will look at the different planets within our solar system and think about them in relation to each other. They will look at scientific evidence (both recent and historic) that supports and refutes ideas about the planets, such as thoughts about the Earth being flat and early theories that placed the Earth at the centre of the solar system.
We will look at the movement of the Earth and other planets in relation to the sun and describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth.
 
Please support your child with their learning by encouraging them to engage with their knowledge organiser for Earth and Space which can be found below. They will need to know the information contained on it to enable them to have a general understanding of the topic so that we can focus on the skills that they need to learn within the classroom. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.
Theme Learning
 
Our theme learning this half-term is geography based.
We will be asking the question 'Why is the River Thames so important to London?'
 
Our focus in this unit will be looking at trade and settlement. The children will learn about different types of settlement and land use within the UK and thinking about the characteristics of urban and rural areas. They will be considering the functions of different settlements and investigating the Thames' role in industry and how this has changed over time.
 
Please support your child with their learning by encouraging them to engage with their knowledge organiser for Geography which can be found below. They will need to know the information contained on it to enable them to have a general understanding of the topic so that we can focus on the skills that they need to learn within the classroom. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.
R.E.
 
Our R.E. unit this half term looks at the Kingdom of God and asks the question 'For Christians, what kind of king is Jesus?'
 
During this unit we will look at what it means to be a king and the attributes a good king needs. We will be studying different biblical texts to discover what different people in the Bible say about Jesus and discover what the Kingdom of God is meant to be like.
 
We will also be making connections between Christian teachings and beliefs about God's Kingdom and issues, problems and opportunities in our own communities and the wider world.
2021 - 2022
Welcome Back Great Links!
 
Welcome back to school ready for the second half of the Spring Term. 
 
Staff meetings will continue to be on Tuesday afternoons and my PPA will remain on a Wednesday afternoon, so I will be unavailable at these times.
 
If you need to speak to me with regards to you child's learning, please contact me vis Dojo or contact the office to arrange a time after school to speak to me. I am not able to check Dojo messages during my teaching time, so will not always respond to messages straight away.
 
As always, I look forward to seeing you at the school gates!
 
Mr Elliott
English
 
Our first text this half term will be 'The Lost Words' by Robert MacFarlane. We will be writing poems about things in nature. We will be using alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia within our poetry as well as thinking about our use of description and punctuation to avoid ambiguity.

Maths

This half-term, we will be continuing with our focus on fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will be using their times table knowledge to find equivalent fractions as well as using this knowledge to simplify and compare fractions. They will also be using their understanding of times tables to support them with converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions and multiplying and dividing fractions.

 

A secure understanding and quick recall of their times tables (up to 12x12) is essential for the maths that we will be doing for the rest of the year. The processes involved with the types of calculation methods we will be using can be quite complicated and this can be hindered greatly when the children need to stop to think about their times tables. It is therefore essential that your children regularly engage with their times tables at home using Times Table Rockstars as part of their home learning. I will set the tables each week based on the ones that your individual children are finding difficult in class. For those who are generally secure, there will be a selection of several focus tables whereas there may only be one or two focus tables for those who are less secure. Please support your children with this and remind them to go on for at least 10 minutes a day in line with our home learning policy.

Theme Learning: History
 
In History this half-term, we will be studying World War 2. We will be learning about why the war started by looking at events that took place following the end of World War 1 and considering how these events led to the start of another war. 
Our main focus will be the impact the war had on the different communities it affected. We will be looking at the significance of the Blitz, thinking about evacuees and looking at how the war affected our local area.
We will be using a range of different sources within our lessons and thinking about how useful they are in terms of the evidence they provide. 
As we will be focusing on the skills that we need to learn within our sessions in the classroom, it is really important that the children engage with their Knowledge Organisers as part of their Home Learning. This will ensure that they have a basic understanding of the events we will be discussing and will support their understanding of some of the more complex themes we will be investigating.
Science
 
This half-term, our Science focus is Light.
 
We will be learning the difference between light sources and reflectors and will investigate how light travels. We will be discovering why shadows look the way they do and carrying out an investigation to find out how we can enable troops in the trenches to safely observe the battlfield.
 
Can each child please bring an empty show box to school for our final investigation please?
Thank you.
Science
 
Our Science focus this half term is Forces.
 
During this unit, we will be carrying out a selection of investigations to support our understanding of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.
 
We will be ensure that we are working scientifically by planning inquiries, managing variables and using equipment to take measurements.
English
 
Our first English text this half term will be 'Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands. We will be using the text to support our own non-chronological report writing about our own imagined islands. We will also be focusing on elements of the book within our Guided Reading.
 
We will be focusing on the grammar and vocabulary used within the text as well as its structure and features, which we will then use within our own writing.
Theme Learning: History
 
In our theme learning this half term, we will be focusing on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle.
We will be looking at the chronology of events from the attack on Lindisfarne through to the Vikings settling within the UK. We will be looking at how people can have differing viewpoints and opinions of the same event and learning how different historical evidence can lead to different conclusions.
Please encourage your children to study their knowledge organisers as part of their home learning so that we can focus on the historical skills within our sessions in class.
Happy New Year Great Links!
 
Welcome back to school ready for the Spring Term. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are now ready to embrace the challenges of a new term. 
 
Staff meetings will continue to be on Tuesday afternoons and my PPA will remain on a Wednesday afternoon, so I will be unavailable at these times.
 
If you need to speak to me with regards to you child's learning, please contact me vis Dojo or contact the office to arrange a time after school to speak to me. I am not able to check Dojo messages during my teaching time, so will not always respond to messages straight away.
 
As always, I look forward to seeing you at the school gates!
 
Mr Elliott
 
 
English
 
Our first text this half term will be 'Everest' by Alexandra Stewart. 

We will be using the text to support our own writing, which will be based on our theme ‘Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery’. In our English sessions, we will be focusing on using appropriate grammar and vocabulary and considering the audience for our writing to ensure that we are using an appropriate register.

We will be revising our prior understanding of expanded noun phrases and adverbial phrases as well as introducing the use of modal verbs to indicate degrees of possibility and using passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence. We will also be focusing on our use of vocabulary and ensuring that we are using appropriate and ambitious language within our writing.

Maths

This half-term, we will be continuing with our unit on multiplication and division. The children will be using their times table knowledge to multiply by 2-digit numbers using the formal method of column multiplication (long multiplication). They will also be using their understanding of times tables to support them with formal methods of division, including long division for Year 6. We will then be moving on to work with fractions, including simplifying fractions, comparing and ordering, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions and multiplying and dividing fractions.

A secure understanding and quick recall of their times tables (up to 12x12) is essential for the maths that we will be doing for the rest of the year. The processes involved with the types of calculation methods we will be using can be quite complicated and this can be hindered greatly when the children need to stop to think about their times tables. It is therefore essential that your children regularly engage with their times tables at home using Times Table Rockstars as part of their home learning. I will set the tables each week based on the ones that your individual children are finding difficult in class. For those who are generally secure, there will be a selection of several focus tables whereas there may only be one or two focus tables for those who are less secure. Please support your children with this and remind them to go on for at least 10 minutes a day in line with our home learning policy.

Theme Learning

Our theme learning this half term will focus on Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery, which we will be looking at within our Geography sessions.

We will be revising our use of atlases and online mapping tools to locate the different countries around the world that Darwin explored on his voyage. We will thinking about the human and physical geography of different counties and the types of biome on our planet, as well as researching how humans have had a negative impact on animals and their habitats by looking at some of the effects of Darwin’s discoveries.

Science

In science this half-term, we will be focusing on Evolution and Inheritance, which will link closely to our Darwin learning. We will look at fossils and recap our previous learning about how they are formed. We will then be thinking what fossils can tell us about how life on Earth has changed over time.

We will look at how plants and animals adapt to suit their environments and consider the term ‘survival of the fittest’. We will look at how these adaptations take place over time and can lead to evolution of a species. We will also learn how living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.

Religious Education

Our R.E. this half-term will be focusing on a different world religion other than Christianity. We will be focusing on Hinduism. Within our studies, we will recap what the children have learned in previous year groups about this faith and then trying to answer the question:

‘Why do Hindus want to be good?’

We will identify and explain different Hindu beliefs, e.g. dharma, karma, samsara and moksha using technical terms accurately. We will look at how different Hindu stories relate to their beliefs. We will investigate how Hindus put their beliefs into practice within their daily lives and why this is important to them.

Welcome back to school and to Great Links Tor!
 
It's great to be welcoming our new Great Links Tor this year. We have returned to a mixed Year 5/6 class for this year and I am looking forward to meeting the diversity that this can bring.
 
Year 6 is an important year for your children as it not only concludes their primary education, but also prepares them for their journey on to secondary school. As such, we encourage the children to be independent and resilient learners who see mistakes as a necessary part of their learning journey and are keen to accept the varying challenges that they face. It is a great opportunity for the Year 5 children to begin to think about the same things as Year 6 - we have a class focus on resilience and independence and see mistakes as essential.
 
Please have a look at the Andaras non-negotiables for Year 5 and 6 attached below. These detail the curriculum expectations for your children in their reading, writing and maths. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning, feel free to message me on Class Dojo between the hours of 8.30 and 5 and I will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.
 
Our staff meetings this year are on Tuesdays and I am generally out of school on Wednesdays as this is my PPA time.
 
I look forward to seeing you on the school gates!
 
Mr Elliott
 
English
 
Our first text for English this year is 'The Tear Thief' by Carol Ann Duffy. This is a lovely picture book that uses adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases to create atmosphere. This is what we will be focusing on within our own writing as well as revising our use of speech punctuation.
 
The children will be using the structure of this text to have a go at writing their own stories which use these features to create atmosphere. We will also be looking at how to use speech to convey character.
Maths
 
This year, we will be continuing to take our maths from the White Rose Maths Hub. We start the year by focusing on number and place value. During these sessions, we will be getting to grips with the value of digits in different place value columns and learning how to round numbers to help with estimation. Year 5 will be focusing on numbers up to 1 million while Year 6 look at numbers up to 10 million.
 
We will work closely as a whole class for much of this unit to ensure that everyone has a firm grasp of place value before we move on to look at the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Understanding place value is a key aspect of all maths and so it is important to develop a secure knowledge base in this area.
 
Please see below for a list of the times tables that are covered in school. A secure and rapid recall of these tables is essential as it will support your child with the maths that we will be covering in class.
Theme Learning
 
Our theme for this term's learning is 'Contrast'. In History we will be studying the Ancient Maya Civilisation and comparing it with the British Civilisation c.AD900. We will trying to find out which was the 'better' civilisation!
 
For Geography this term, we will be studying 'Earthquakes, Mountains and Volcanoes'. The children will need to be able to describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and the water cycle. We will also be trying to ascertain why people choose to live in these extreme environments.
Autumn 2: Science
 
In science this half term, we will be looking at Animals including Humans. During this unit, we will be studying the circulatory system and its main components and functions. We will learn how water and nutrients are transported around the body and the effect that exercise, drugs and alcohol have on the way our bodies function.
As part of our working scientifically focus, we will carry out investigations on the impact of exercise on our heart rates. We will measure and record our pulse and create graphs to show the increase and decrease in heart rate following rest and exercise.
Science
 
For our science this half term, the children will be studying the topic 'Living Things and Their Habitats'. This is an area of science that they will have covered across the key stage but this time around they will be learning about how different living things can be classified according to their similarities. 
 
We will be looking at how we can classify living things in a variety of ways including the use of dichotomous keys and learning about the works of Carl Linnaeus. We will also carry out an investigation into the growth of micro-organisms.
Home Learning
 
As with last year, home learning will consist of Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling Shed. The children need to practice their tables using the 'Garage' section of TTRS and then use the 'Studio' to set their times. 
 
There will be regular games to play on Spelling Shed based on the spelling rules that we have been learning. Once the set games have been completed, the children will be able to access any of the games on Spelling Shed.
Please encourage your children to challenge themselves with tougher levels!
 
As well as weekly participation with spellings and times tables, children are also expected to read on a daily basis. This should consist of some time reading by themselves, as well as time reading to a grown up or other family member. This not only supports children's understanding of what they are reading, but reading aloud with a grown up can also help them with their intonation and expression.
 
English
 
In English this half term, we will be looking at the book 'Extreme Animals' by Nicola Davies. We will be looking at how the book presents information in a fun and informal way, using humour to make it more accessible.
 
We will be looking at the different grammatical features within the text and learning how to create cohesion within and across our paragraphs. We will also be revising our use of relative and subordinate clauses and expanded noun phrases.
 
We will also use this text for the majority of our guided reading this half term.
Guided Reading
 
In guided reading, we are looking at the same text as in English. We are looking at the way the author presents their information and their use of language. 
We will be thinking about how paragraphs are structured and finding information that relates to the topic sentence of each paragraph.
Future tasks will include looking at the authors' use of vocabulary and thinking about the presentational choices they have made and how they impact upon the reader. 
Welcome Back Great Links!
 
Welcome back to school ready for the Summer Term. 
 I can't believe that we have reached the last term of the academic year - it has really flown!
 
Staff meetings will continue to be on Tuesday afternoons and my PPA will remain on a Wednesday afternoon, so I will be unavailable at these times.
 
If you need to speak to me with regards to you child's learning, please contact me vis Dojo or contact the office to arrange a time after school to speak to me. I am not able to check Dojo messages during my teaching time, so will not always respond to messages straight away.
 
As always, I look forward to seeing you at the school gates!
 
Mr Elliott
As a hook for our English unit based on Beowulf, the children were archaeologists, uncovering the ancient barrow (tomb) of a warrior king. They explored and discussed the treasures they uncovered and had to ask questions to help them discover the identity of this king.
Theme Learning
 
This half term, our theme learning is based around History.
The children will be learning about the Roman Empire and asking what was the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain?
During this sequence of learning, the children will be considering how the Roman Empire became so powerful and why they wanted to invade Britain in the first place.
They will examine causes and results of great events by discovering who Boudicca was and how and why she rebelled against the Romans and will consider changes across history by investigating what they Romans built and engineered in Britain.