Year 5/6 - Sycamore, Birch and Oak
Spring Term 2019
Welcome back to all of our children in Sycamore, Birch and Oak. We hope you all had a brilliant time over the Christmas period and are ready to start a very important year. In 2019, we will have some of our corridor beginning their High School journeys and the rest preparing themselves for the challenges of Year 6. We have a very exciting term upcoming with a trip to York upcoming for our Year 6 and a trip to Maghull Baptist Church for our Year 5 to take part in the Easter Eggstravagaza.
In English, we will be linking our book (Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz) to lots of comprehension and to our writing. This story depicts the events of Alex Rider after a tragic 'accident' changes his life. We will be basing elements of our curriculum around this novel and the children will be taking part in many activities that link with the theme of the story. We cannot wait to see and share with you the brilliant work the children produce. Oak, Birch and Sycamore classes have already been hard at it working on their writing skills. Super!
Children are continuing to enter school and settle down to some basic arithmetic/fluency mathematics questions. We will be exploring concepts such as place value, sequences, 2-D shapes, translation, reflection, measurements and calculations with fractions. I am sure you will agree that we have some very tricky topics coming up. However, the Year 5/6 team are confident our children are more than capable of achieving great things this term.
Our unit this half term will be Earth and Space. We will be exploring the planets in our solar system, trying our best to remember not to say Pluto! We will be investigating whether the time of day affects the length of our shadows and why this occurs. Fingers crossed we have some nice weather to complete this interesting investigations.
Locational studies is the main focus for this term. We are starting with local maps and exploring their features and how to utilise them. We hope to build on the children's map skills so that they are able to locate and identify specific locations on a map.
In Music, we will be working our way through our Charanga unit: Make You Feel My Love by Adele. We have heard some beautiful voices and cannot wait to see the children compose their own pieces of music using the instruments.
Art / D.T.
We will be linking our DT to our class novel. The life of Alex Rider is an exciting yet dangerous one. He often depends on his spy gadgets to get him through his sticky situations. This term, we will be designing and creating our own spy gadgets. We will start with the design process and begin the construction of our spy equipment. In Art, we will be keeping with the theme of Earth and Space. We hope to keep a moon journal and paint the planets in our solar system.
Sycamore will be swimming this term. Oak and Birch will be doing Gymnastics and Netball. Due to the weather, if your child wishes to bring a tracksuit to keep them warm for outdoor PE, please ensure it is a dark-coloured one.
We are very busy exploring the concepts of Scratch and Microsoft Excel. There are many challenging components in both pieces of software. But the children are enjoying creating the own algorithms and spreadsheets.
We are exciting to start our new unit. We will be looking at the qualities of citizenship and friendship. We hope this unit will have a positive affect on all children and make them reflect on certain actions they may do.
Children are welcome on to the playground from 8.40am. The schools takes no responsibility for children arriving before this time. Classes end each day at 3.30p.m. Children in the Lower School will be escorted to the appropriate entrance and directed to the person in charge of picking them up. In the Upper School, parents who wish to have their children escorted home should make their own arrangements to have them met at the school gate and the person to escort them should be at the school no later than 3.30pm as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after that time, unless written permission is given for a club.