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Class 5

Mrs Burt

Class Teacher

Miss Delaney

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Year 6, where we work together to not only achieve end of year curricular aims, but also to develop the skills to be lifelong learners and ready to move through the transition to secondary school. Our aim for all of the children in Class 5 is to develop the 5R's of learning: Resilience, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Reasoning and Reflection.
We encourage the children to formulate questions about the topics we cover and develop a sense of curiosity about their learning.
Key Timings:
PE - Friday afternoons
Class 5 also like to make use of our natural surroundings and often go out to learn or add to our daily activity.  Ensuring that your child has suitable footwear and a coat for this purpose will be of benefit.
Homework- This is shown on Google Classroom and is linked to our current Project.  A folder is there for work to be handed in.  It is checked weekly, on a Thursday.
Spellings - Issued on Mondays and practised daily, every morning. These are also shown on Google Classroom along with our weekly handwriting focus.  Practising both the spellings and the handwriting as part of your homework will be beneficial.

Our Learning Project (KRP) for Spring Term 2022: Frozen Kingdoms


This term, we will be studying the Knowledge Rich Project (KRP) ‘Frozen Kingdoms’. This project has a Geography focus. It teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.

In order to ensure full curriculum coverage this will have mini companion projects that will sit alongside the topics.


Art Inuit This project teaches children about the Inuit way of life, including some of their cultural and artistic traditions.


Environmental artists; This project teaches children about the genre of environmental art. They study how artists create artwork that addresses social and political issues related to the natural and urban environment. Children work collaboratively to create artwork with an environmental message.


Science: Why are things classified? Children learn about the principles of classification and create their own keys to classify each other.


Electrical circuits and components This project teaches children about electrical circuits, their components and how they function. They recognise how the voltage of cells affects the output of a circuit and record circuits using standard symbols.


History: Learning in this subject will enhance other curriculum areas such as learning about significant scientists who gave us our classification system and significant bridge builders as part of our DT work.


DT Engineers; This project teaches children about remarkable engineers and significant bridges, learning to identify features, such as beams, arches and trusses. They complete a bridge-building engineering challenge to create a bridge prototype.


PSHE We will follow the SCARF units for PSHE which will include the units ‘Keeping myself safe’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities’.  These lessons will be blocked during the first weeks of both half term and will be revisited through our assemblies during the term also.


RE We are following a two-year programme of study from Curriculum Kernewek.  Our first topic for Year 6 is a unit covering the Christianity unit of GOD: What does it mean if God is holy and loving? This will be followed by a unit looking at Judaism and considering the question Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?


MFL We will continue to build on our French vocabulary, listening and writing skills through the units of 'This is France' and ‘All in a day’. 


PE The first half term will have a sport focus of gymnastics, a fitness focus of step aerobics, and a health focus on healthy lifestyles.  The second half term will have a sport focus of striking and Fielding games, a fitness focus of step aerobics, and a health focus on ‘you are what you eat’. Hopefully, with Covid restrictions allowing, there will be opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular clubs and sporting events and festivals as part of our links with the Newquay Schools sports partnership.


Music We will be embedding skills, knowledge and understanding through singing, playing, improvising, composing, and listening.  We will be listening to and identifying music with a polyphonic texture; listening to and keeping a steady 3/4 beat or pulse; singing a round accurately and in legato style. The work will focus on the Latin song ‘Dona nobis pacem’ which is a round in three parts that is set to a short prayer for peace.


Computing: ICT will be used throughout all the other subject areas to enhance the children's understanding and for research purposes.  Children will be encouraged to use ICT as a tool for furthering their understanding in other curriculum areas. Throughout the term there will be an emphasis on keeping ourselves safe online.  Discovery Coding for Year 6 will be used as a tool to develop their understanding of Coding: designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals. In addition to this, we are following two units on creating media: 3d modelling and web page creation.


Maths We will follow the White Rose Planning for Y6: Geometry: position and direction; decimals; percentages; algebra; measures: converting units; measures: perimeter, area and volume; and finally, ratio.


English Along with focusing on grammar, spelling, handwriting and reading skills, we will explore reports (non-chronological and journalistic) and poetry in our first half term and descriptive writing, narratives and spoken language in the second half term.  Much of our writing will be cross curricular and we will be transferring skills learnt in English, to other curriculum areas.


Linked Text: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Feo and her mother, Marina, live alone in the snowbound woods of Russia. They are wolf wilders (people who teach tamed wolves to live in the wild). When an infamous Russian general arrests Marina, Feo sets off on a quest to save her. With the help of her trusted wolves and a runaway Russian soldier, Feo travels across the frozen landscape and is swept up in the beginnings of a revolution.

By Year 6, children are at the end of the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme.The spelling overview, explains how this scheme works.
Spelling lists shown here are for year 5's and we normally get through 1- 2 every half term. Year 6 will be revisiting and revising these patterns and lists through their Nelson Spelling revision books.  Therefore it will be of benefit for them to also be practising these words again.
All children should also be regularly practising the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists, which incorporate most of these words.  It should be noted that these lists work around spelling patterns and there are many other words that can be found within these patterns.  Finding other words which fit the patterns as well as exploring exceptions to the rules, is imperative to good spelling.
The weekly spellings are all included on the spelling and handwriting tab of our Google Classroom.

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