Building Brighter Futures Together
|You staff are:|
|Miss Wright||Mrs Bi|
|Mr Ali||Mrs Gilmartin|
What are we learning about now?
This half term, we are learning about America through our theme Made in the USA. Again, we have adopted a weekly subject focus approach. We began by learning about the geographical features of North America and South America and presented information about the different states in the USA. In History week, we explored the impact of slavery in America, Black Lives Matter and the journey the Titanic was supposed to make from England to America. As part of our PHSCE learning, we are currently focusing on the text the Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar in which we are exploring themes relating to transition in order to prepare us for our move to secondary school. Throughout the rest of the half term, we will have an Art week and learn about Jackson Pollock and a DT week in which we will learn about the famous bridges in America such as the Golden Gate Bridge. In Maths, we are focusing on consolidating and developing our multiplication and division skills. We will also begin a unit on fractions and decimal numbers.
How can I learn at home?
Be creative – draw, paint, build a model, learn a new skill (play an instrument) or even keep a diary of your time in lockdown.
What did we learn about last half term?
Due to school closures, we adopted a blocked approach to the curriculum and have had a different subject focus every week. Some of our learning was done at home through our home learning packs and some of our learning was done in school with our teachers and peers. As part of our learning in school, we enjoyed a practical Science week in which we explored the circulatory system through acting out what happens to our red blood cells when they leave the heart. We also imagined we were a red blood cell and wrote a persuasive letter in role to our bodies explaining the importance of a healthy life style on the circulatory system. We also thoroughly enjoyed an art week in which we focused upon Georgia O’Keeffe. We created our own art gallery using a range of different medias including paint, oil pastille and coloured pencil. The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation and The Tate replied to our tweets on our twitter page. They were very impressed with our artwork. In Maths, we continued our work on the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
This half term, we were supposed to be learning about America through our theme Made in the USA however we have had to postpone due to the current situation. In English, we were supposed to study the text the Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar and in Maths, we were going to focus on consolidating and developing our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. In Theme, we were going to explore the impact of slavery in America, Black Lives Matter and the journey the Titanic was supposed to make from England to America.
Once again, due to COVID and the national lockdown, work will be completed in-home learning packs this half term. As a result, children working from home will be completing the same work as children being taught in school. These packs will be handed out on Thursdays so please remember to drop off your completed pack before taking the new one and return your reading book. In the packs there is a timetable, which you may wish to follow to help you to organise the day. Our school day starts at 9 am, so get up and out of bed, you sleepy heads! Each day there is a reading, grammar and numeracy task and another activity in the afternoon. Please complete all your work in the home learning journal pack, if you have used any additional work on other pieces of paper, don’t forget to hand that in! If you have any questions about your learning, please contact school and Mrs Bi or Miss Wright will call you back as soon as they can. The packs are based around key skills in English and Maths and the word of the week:
Week 1: Knowledgeable
Week 2: Courteous (Respect)
Week 3: Change Makers
Week 4: Mathematicians
Week 5: Kind
Please see our overview to see what we will be covering over Spring 1.
But most importantly stay safe. Mrs Bi and Miss WrightJ
Last half term, we travelled back in time, thousands of year, to the banks of the Nile, in which we learnt all about the amazing people including Tutankhamun and places of Ancient Egypt such as Cairo. We discovered amazing artefacts that have survived through completing research projects and presenting our findings to the class. The afterlife and the mummification process was incredibly important to the Egyptians and in art, we created our very own mummies, which we placed in sarcophaguses. In English, we studied an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, performing in role and creating setting descriptions. In Maths, we started the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) content, however, due to bubble closures, we have only managed to complete half of the content and will therefore continue with multiplication and division during and after the national lockdown.
Welcome to Year 6! After a long time away from school, Year 6 have come back to school eager and enthusiastic to learn! Currently, the whole school theme is based around emotions so Year 6 have been thinking in great detail about their mental health and the mental health of those around them. They have identified positivity and optimism as key traits needed to get through this tricky time by creating positivity balloons, happy places and superheroes. In English, Year 6 have been reading Wonder by R.J. Palecio and exploring the challenges August (the main character) faces when going to school for the first time. Year 6 have developed their retrieval and inference skills when reading and completed comic strips, role on the wall for August and axis of emotions to document what happens to the characters and how their emotions change throughout the story. In Maths, Year 6 are focusing upon Place Value. They have explored the value of different digits in numbers up to 10,000,000 as well as thinking about decimal and negative numbers. Year 6 have also been lucky enough to experience some Outdoor Learning; visiting the allotment, autumnal walk around Cliffe Castle and archery in Victoria Park.