Autumn 1 – World War II
Welcome back after a much needed Summer break! The final year of primary school is upon us and we are ready to embrace all the challenges and changes that brings.
Here is an overview of key learning areas this term! Please note, a number of baseline assessments will be carried out across the term in order to identify any gaps in learning. Once established, these areas can be taught and gaps can be filled.
We will be studying WWII and our focus for this half term will be Britain. Over the half term, we will learn about the outbreak of war, evacuation, the Blitz, rationing, propaganda and the key roles that women played. For each aspect of our learning we will delve deep and create real experiences for the children to gain an insight into what life was like during this period in time. We are hoping to create some war time recipes should if possible.
During our writing this term we will develop key skills linked to expanding sentences, varying our sentence starters and improving vocabulary choices. The will happen in both creative/descriptive, letters and non-chronological writing both within English and our topic lessons.
Alongside these lessons, Pupils will take part in regular Grammar and vocabulary lessons in order to build up their confidence and word banks. This will be done through both formal lessons and games.
We will continue to use RWI Spellings every day in order to recap sounds and spelling patterns whilst focusing on the Year 5 and 6 Spelling words.
To support this at home, try these following links:
Within our guided reading sessions, we will use both Cracking Comprehension which will allow us to explore a range of techniques such as retrieval, figurative language and author’s choices as well as continuing on the work we started last year which focuses on analysing and text through making notes and inference as you go. We will be utilising a range of classic children’s texts to teach this - our class reading book is Goodnight Mr Tom and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Using two books will allow the pupils to experience War from two different viewpoints and will enable a range of comparisons to be made. Please support your child by ensuring they read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day either to themselves or to somebody else and complete their reading records.
To support with their reading at home, pupils should access Bedrock and Read Theory.
Due to recent events and anticipate gaps in learning, this half term will focus on working with numbers that go into the hundreds of millions. As a result, this half term every aspect of place value, ordering, rounding, the four rules of number and the properties of number will be a major part of our learning. Whilst these key skills are hugely important, the ability to enjoy maths, reason mathematically and investigate new ideas will also play a significant role in our learning. In each instance we will endeavour to make the maths as ‘real’ as possible in order for the children to understand its relevance. We will be using White Rose Hub and the DofE guidance in order to ensure a range of concrete pictorial and abstract elements within their learning.
In addition to this the children will continue engaging with Number and Lightning – a program designed to improve fluency and accuracy in arithmetic.
In order to support with this at home, please use the following links:
Science: Light and Sound
We will be looking at different aspects of light and sound this term and where ever possible this will provide opportunities for the children to design, carry out and draw conclusions from their own experiments with what makes a fair test a core part of the ongoing learning.
Other Curriculum Areas
Computing – Research using a variety of programmes and online sites
RE – Who is Jewish and how do they live?
Art and Design – Drawing/Pastel Work
PE – Athletics and Fitness
PSHE – Wellbeing- settling back into school