Years 5 & 6: Gwydion

WHAT ARE WE COVERING THIS TERM?

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TRANSPORT

AUTUMN TERM 2017

Our whole school topic this term is ‘Transport’.  This topic will draw on and develop our skills, knowledge and understanding in Science, Humanities, Literacy and Numeracy.  We will be using leaflets, reports, exhibitions, maps, atlas, globe and ‘google earth’ to research and locate facts and information.  We will be asking three key questions:

 

  • How many different types of transport would there have been many years ago?

  • Why did things change and what is the best form of transport today?

  • How do you see transport developing in your lifetime?

 

 

Using our ICT skills we will research specific aspects of places visited by Michael the main character in our class book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’.  Michael and his family began their adventure sailing around the world. We will use the information we discover about the places Michael visited on his journey, to write letters and postcards in character.

 

We will create our own adventure story using the theme of being stranded on a desert island as a stimulus.  In Forest School we will explore through role play what it is like to be living outdoors.    

 

In Literacy we will be exploring the layout and language of non-fiction text such as newspaper reports, balanced argument and adverts.  During Guided Reading sessions we will be reading for information and using text with challenging subject matter to broaden our perspective and extend our thinking.

 

In Numeracy we will, investigate distances and travel time. Our skills of number and data handling will be used to investigate Forces.  Through Scientific enquiry we will discuss Forces as pushes or pulls and how they are measured in newtons. We will investigate how the weight of an object is the force caused by gravity pulling down on the mass.

Using our skills in Welsh we will communicate to our peers in local schools.  We will use a variety of language patterns and vocabulary to have conversation, write letters and email.

 

In RE and PSHE we will be exploring ‘Journeys’– this will include journeys made in the bible and journeys made by refugees today and in the past.   

 

DT & Art we will focus on the work of Leonardo da Vinci who lived over 500 years ago.  We will consider how ideas for some of the things that are commonplace today were first thought up hundreds of years ago.  We will create our own designs and inventions.

 

PE this term will concentrate on Outdoor Games and Dance/Gym. We will learn about the importance of health, fitness and wellbeing.

YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU!

SPRING TERM 2017

Our topic this term is 'Your Country Needs You', it is focused on the war years 1939 to 1945.

In History we will focus on cause and effect. We will find out what Britain was like in the 1930s, understand when and why WWII started and research the changing role of women in society and what these changes meant for families. We will find out how people protected themselves during the blitz and understand the need for evacuation, using a range of sources to find out experiences.

We will use maps and atlases to locate the position of European countries and major capital cities. We will calculate distances between cities and create a simple conversion graph, miles/Km, for soldiers to use. Comparing £.s. d. to decimal money should be interesting, especially as the new pound coin due for  circulation later this year will look similar to the threepenny bit! Considering rationing will give us the opportunity to think about social responsibility, then and today, and an opportunity to practise ratio.

In DT we will be able to research the advantages and disadvantages of the various war time shelters and be able to try out some war time recipes.

The class book this term is “Carrie’s War”, a story inspired by Nina Bawden's own experiences of living as an evacuee in a Welsh mining valley as a child. We will use the story to understand how authors use many devices to enhance our understanding of characters and write our own pen portraits. We will also think about the life of an evacuee, writing a letter home and consider present day refugees. In Language we will analyse the features of a diary and journalistic writing. During Guided Reading sessions we will use the 8 reading behaviours to help us study fiction and non fiction texts, including extracts from the diary of Anne Frank and the children will plan and write our own diary entries from the point of view of an evacuee. A study of modern day poetry by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens should compliment this topic, with the class using their senses to compose their own poems.

In RE and PSE we will be exploring the importance of trust and Promises, using many Old Testament stories and many more modern day examples.

Materials will be the basis of our science lessons this term, with the class planning and evaluating their own investigations.

Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday, please practise the spellings at home during the week to bring to school on a Thursday. Read Theory homework will be set every Monday. The children have their own personal log on details.

AFRICA

AUTUMN TERM 2016

Our whole school topic this term is ‘Africa’.  This topic will draw on and develop our skills, knowledge and understanding in geography, literacy and numeracy.  We will be using maps, the atlas, a globe and ‘google earth’ to locate and compare Africa to Wales.

 

We will also be comparing physical features and weather patterns to those in Wales. In Year 5&6 we will use non-fiction books and web based material to find out more information about Africa in general and specifically about Ghana.  During Africa Week we will be learning more about the culture and traditions of this country.

During Forest School we will be learning about the medicinal properties of plants and finding out about medicinal healers of the past.

 

Using our ICT skills we will research specific aspects and produce a fact sheet and create a website front page to attract tourists.  

This term the class book is ‘Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo, a moving tale of a young boy who befriends a lion cub. We will be writing our own story looking at how events in a plot impact on the development of character.

In Literacy we will be investigating the use of poetry to tell a story and compose a narrative poem.  We will also be exploring the layout and language of non fiction text.  

 

During Guided Reading sessions we will be looking at traditional African tales and the poem ‘Lions in the Garden’.  We will read text with challenging subject matter to broaden our perspective and extend our thinking.

 

In Numeracy we will, investigate distances by road and air and travel time from the UK. We will be exploring profit and loss using the story ‘One Hen’.  Our skills of data handling will be used to collate and plot climate data in order to calculate temperature differences.

 

In Science we will explore living things and how they adapt to their environment, after half term the theme will be electricity.

 

In RE and PSHE we will be exploring the effects of fair trade – how people can affect places.  We will also be finding out about the work of charities through the theme ‘Is it Fair?’  

 

Dt & Art The Kente Cloth will be used as a stimulus for art work, where we will explore the symbolic use of colour and pattern.  We will create our own Kente pattern and also be making African masks.  

 

PE this term will concentrate on Outdoor Games and Dance/Gym. We will learn about the importance of health, fitness and wellbeing.

 

Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday, please practise the spellings at home during the week to bring to school on a Thursday. My Maths homework will also be set fortnightly and Read Theory homework will be set every Monday.  The children will have their own personal log on details.

Spring Term: 'Europe & Rivers' – Years 4,5 & 6
 

Our topic for the Summer Term is ‘Europe and Rivers’, this will focus on the following‘Big Questions’:

 

How European are you?

 

What is the difference between a country and a continent?

 

Why are regions famous for particular exports?

 

How does tourism affect an area?

 

This term the class book is ‘The River Boy’ by Tim Bowler. An enchanting, moving story which tells the story of a young girl, her grandfather an artist and his final painting. The skills of narrative will be explored and we will respond to the themes in the novel through our own artwork.

 

In Literacy we will be exploring the features of a range of genre including narrative, reports, instructions and poetry. The skills of debate will be used to explore current issues.

 

Exploring traditional tales from Europe the class will focus on the legend of the Pied Piper linking events in the tale to historical evidence.

 

Guided reading sessions will take place daily along with Speed Sounds.

 

In Numeracy we will be calculating distances and flight times. Using our Numeracy skills reports will be written to present statistical data about countries in Europe and to budget for a mini break in one of Europe’s capitals. We will visit Wepre Park to investigate and measure the cross section of a river.

 

In Science the theme will be interdependence, with the focus on living things and investigating green plants.

 

In R.E. we shall explore ‘Rites of Passage’, ceremonies which celebrate our life journey. We will compare celebrations across different religions.

 

P.E & PHSE. PE this term will be games and athletics. Years 5 & 6 will be taking part in the Bikeability workshops. Years 4 will be joining with other local primary schools to take part in the Festival of Sport, (cheerleading and Football).The focus in PHSE this term will be on ‘growing up’ and keeping healthy.

 

Homework tasks will be given out every Thursday and will be due in on a Wednesday. Usually the homework will link to ongoing work, it is important that homework is brought back to class in readiness for any related class work.

 

Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday, please practise the spellings at home during the week.to school on a Friday.

 

PE this term will be gymnastics and dance. Years 4 & 5 will attend residential outdoor centres taking part in activities including: orienteering, climbing and problem solving.

Spring Term: People of the Past – 'The Tudors’
 

Our topic for the Spring Term is ‘People of the Past’; this will focus on life in Tudor times. The children will begin to understand how the past is represented and it will help them understand the causes and consequences of events in British history. The class have worked together to identify key questions to focus their research these are:

 

• Who were the important people in Tudor times?

 

• What did people wear?

 

• What was life like in Tudor Britain?

 

• What types of food did people eat?

 

• What entertainment was there in Tudor times?

 

The class book ‘My Friend Walter’ will be used to introduce the class to Tudor Explorers, looking at how people of the past viewed the world.

 

In Literacy we will be exploring the features of a range of persuasive genre including advertisements and letters. The children will write persuasive letters in role as historical characters. We will also use as a writing stimulus the recent appointment of a manager for Bardsey Island to create a job advertisement and write diary extracts. Guided reading sessions will take place daily along with Speed Sounds’.

 

In Numeracy we will be collecting and analysing data based on the life of Henry VIII. We will explore time through various timelines.

 

In D.T. we will be designing a catapult to a budget and use this to investigate money and measure.

 

In Science the theme will be ‘teeth’. The children will investigate teeth using a variety of evidence, information and ideas. The importance of dental hygiene will be explored through scientific investigation.

 

In R.E. we shall explore ‘Pilgrimage’ and also learn more about the ‘Bible’. We will be finding out about William Morgan and the translation of the Bible into Welsh. This will include a visit to St Asaph Cathedral.

 

Over the course of the term the children will lead whole school worship as they retell through a range of media the bible stories from their ‘Jesse tree’.

 

Year 5 & 6 will again meet to work with pupils from Lixwm as both schools will prepare for a debate. This will take place after half term.

 

Year 6 will be visiting Liverpool Museum with Lixwm Year 6 for a joint project.

 

Homework tasks will be given out every Thursday and will be due in on a Wednesday. Usually the homework will link to ongoing work, it is important that homework is brought back to class in readiness for any related class work.

 

Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday, please practise the spellings at home during the week.

 

P.E. clothes (school colours) may be worn to school on a Friday. PE this term will be gymnastics and dance. Years 4 & 5 will attend residential outdoor centres taking part in activities including: orienteering, climbing and problem solving.

Autumn Term: Out of this world - ‘Where do we Live?’

 

This terms topic is called ‘Where do we live’ and it will help the pupils understand the geographical features of their home and school village.

 

This term in year 4, 5 & 6  we are looking at and investigating three ‘Big Questions’ to understand more about where we live.

 

  • Where on Earth are we?

  • How does Manod compare to Nannerch?

  • What makes Snowdon so ‘special’?

 

  • The children will be exploring our locality through class trips and in class through map work using Ordinance Survey maps, the atlas, globes and Google Earth and understanding the differences between physical and human features and of village, town, city, county and country.

 

  • The class book ‘Framed’ will be used to introduce the class to the slate mining industry of Snowdonia; we will explore how people have impacted on the environment, comparing the geology of Flintshire and Snowdonia and the history of  quarrying in these areas.

 

  • In Literacy we will be exploring the features of a range of genre including diaries, newspaper reports; explanation, instruction and persuasive writing, then create our own success criteria to improve our writing.   We will use the themes of our class book ‘Framed’ as a stimulus for our writing including the subject of ‘art theft’.  We will visit an art gallery to explore the paintings and learn more about how artists communicate their ideas through their work.  Guided reading sessions will take place daily along with ‘Speed Sounds’.

 

  • In Numeracy we will be collecting and analysing data in order to compare different locations in the United Kingdom.  This will include comparing population, temperature and rainfall over time.  We will be working with number to develop time lines and work to scale in mapping and Design Technology.  Using our P.E. skills we will explore direction and orientation.  We will find distances and calculate time taken to travel to particular destinations.

 

  • In R.E. we shall explore Christian practice through the theme of ‘Water’.  How water is used symbolically in the Bible and how water is a precious resource for life on our planet Earth.

 

  • On a Friday morning Year 5 & 6 will work with pupils from Lixwm School on a range of activities planned to enrich their learning.  The activities will take place in both schools and there will be a shared walk to the Iron Age hill fort at Pen-y-Cloddiau, linking the topic themes from both schools: ‘Where we live’ and ‘The Celts’.

 

  • Homework tasks will be given out every Friday and will be due in on a Tuesday. Usually the homework will link to ongoing work, it is important that homework is brought back to class in readiness for the related classwork.  

 

  • Spelling tests will take place on a Thursday, please practise the spellings at home during the week.  P.E. clothes (school colours) may be worn on a Friday. Swimming will take place every Tuesday up to half term.

 

  • If you would like to know any more please come and ask!

End of Year Expectations

ARCHIVE TOPICS

Summer Term: Out of this world - ‘Space’

 

Through our topic ‘Out of this World’ we will be learning about the Solar System, investigate elements of the Universe and study the properties of Light.

 

  • We will be looking back on the history of space exploration and be looking at future space missions, including space tourism and the Mars One Mission (http://www.mars-one.com/mission).

 

  • In our language lessons we are concentrating on balanced arguments, biography, comparative reports and story writing. We will be discussing the reliability of evidence for UFOs and Aliens.

 

  • Our Jesus Day prompted the question ‘Who was Jesus?’. We have used our research skills to look for evidence about his life. This has led to a number of other interesting questions about Judaism which, as a class, we will try and resolve!

 

  • Maths this term will include Number – Multiplication, Division, Subtraction and Addition. Pupils in Year 4 will be rounding and using fractions, Year 5 will be using negative numbers and percentages. Year 6 will be focusing on ratio and proportion. We will continue to learn our times tables, regular practise at home is invaluable.

 

  • In PE we are learning about defence and attack in Games and we are enjoying specialist teaching in both Tennis and Rugby, leading to participation in schools tournaments in May and June.

Extension Work and Resources

The National Space Centre has a wide variety of interactive hands on galleries for your groups to explore during your visit. These galleries contain everything you need to know about Space including: How Stars are formed, What is gravity like on other planets? and what is it like to be an Astronaut? Visit Website

General Online Resources

www.topmarks.co.uk - again, a really useful website that offers a complete range of 

activities for all subjects

 

 

www.schoolzone.co.uk - parents will have to provide their email address to access this site but it is free and once registered, it offers a good range of interactive games across the curriculum.

 

There is disabled parking at the school with a safe drop off zone. For additional support please contact in advance of your visit

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