Welcome to Class Willow
Pharaohs and the River Nile
In our English sessions, we will be reading Tutankhamun and sections of ‘Orphan of the Sun’, both by Gill Harvey. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges, looking at the elements of prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising and use shared writing techniques to help us plan and write non-chronological reports and recounts. We will review the grammar we have learnt this year, with particular focus on types of subordinate clauses. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
This term we will be focussing on statistical reasoning, Roman numerals and time, proportional reasoning, measures and describing patterns, as well as topics on problem solving and financial maths and enterprise.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
Our topic is ‘Pharaohs and the River Nile’. We will:
In Computing, the children will become cryptographers. They will transmit information by semaphore, use Morse code, create and crack codes, as well as reviewing online security and password strength.
In Science, we will carry out research based on the question - how do humans develop and mature? We will also investigate whether we slow down as we get older.
We will be exploring Muslim families and beliefs looking at:
- Fast during Ramadan
This half term our topic is all about healthy and safer lifestyle choices. Children will find out about things that cause harm to our bodies and discuss how to respond to tricky situations.
Linked to our topic of Egyptians, we will learn about hieroglyphics and complete writing in this style, as well as using clay to create model Canopic jars.
During this term, we will learn rules for striking and fielding games and review skills such as short and long fielding techniques, short and close catching, and driving through with a hit. Some children will also complete their swimming sessions.
This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra. Children will learn vocabulary and key phrases for a variety of sports and games.
This term we will continue to work with Mr Tryner developing our skills on the Ukulele. We will review pitch and pulse, and continue to apply our skills to play songs as a group
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
This term we will be focussing on spatial reasoning looking at volume and capacity, proportional reasoning of scaling and ratio, positional reasoning of angles and translations and fraction problem solving.
In our English sessions, we will be reading the text ‘Children of Winter’ by Berlie Doherty, which takes us back in time to what it might have been like to live through the plague in the Derbyshire village of Eyam. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges for each chapter and use shared writing techniques to help us plan and write first person recounts such as letters and diary entries, as well as descriptive writing. We will review the use of apostrophes for possession and contractions, changing the formality of a text, uses of the colon and semi-colon, determiners, dialogue, adverbials and active and passive voice. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
During our topic of pilgrimages, we will focus our learning on:
What are people of faith’s special places?
What are pilgrimages?
Where are important pilgrimage places?
Why is Jerusalem a special place of pilgrimage for different religions?
Where else do Christians go on pilgrimages and why?
Where do Muslims go on pilgrimages?
What happens at the Hajj?
Where do Sikhs and Hindus go on pilgrimages?
We will also focus on the special time of year for Christians – Easter – reviewing:
What happened in Jesus’ last week and what is the meaning of the cross?
How does the issue of forgiveness fit into the story?
Our science work will focus on micro-organisms and life-cycles. We will study:
What micro-organisms are and how they grow
How germs are easily transferred
The bacteria Yersinia pestis
The life cycles of rodents and fleas
We will also describe and investigate helpful and harmful micro-organisms.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
Our topic is ‘The Great Plague’. We will:
Research and record the main events of the great plague
Use sources of information to research plague remedies and their effectiveness
Use historical sources to debate an event from the past
Present historical data as graphs
Use maps to locate and label places of interest
Compare and contrast our village with Eyam, Derbyshire
Linked to our topic of The Great Plague, we will research and create our own medieval bread recipe.
In Computing, the children will become market researchers where they will collect, record and present their own data.
Spring Term 1
Road Trip to the USA
This term we will be focussing on geometric reasoning, reviewing our understanding of 2d and 3d shapes and applying this to problem solving. We will be revisiting fractions, decimals and percentages, looking at finding percentages and fractions of amounts. We will deepen our understanding of formal methods for division, using known multiplication facts to help. We will review our understanding of area and perimeter and apply this to problems, as well as multiplying and dividing with fractions.
In our English sessions, we will be focussing on Native American myths and legends. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges on a variety of myths and use shared writing techniques of boxing up the tales to help us plan and write our own. We will review the use of colons, semi-colons and dashes, as well as modal verbs and punctuation of dialogue. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
During the Spring term, we will become detectives, investigating the life and teachings of Jesus. We will ask questions such as:
What were his relationships like?
Was he a good friend?
Who were his disciples & why did they follow him?
What miracles did Jesus perform and why?
Our science work will focus on electricity. We will study:
Circuits and circuit diagrams
We will also investigate how to tell whether a circuit will light a bulb or series of bulbs from a diagram.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
During our topic on ‘Road Trip to the USA’, we will:
study maps of north and south America
review lines of longitude and latitude
learn about physical geography of regions in America
compare physical and human geography of areas in America to our local area
research and learn about lifestyles of Native American tribes
The children will use software to create art work such as tessellations and create programs to design their own artwork.
Our topic is ‘Alchemy Island’. In geography sessions, the children will investigate and explore maps using 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate places on a map of the island, recognise and describe human and physical features, use a scale to calculate distance, as well as combining all of this knowledge to create their own island map.
Art work will focus on creating views through a portal using digital images as a starting point. They will use these to create an imaginary painting of a landscape, using watercolours and different brushes for purpose. They will build up the picture in layers, looking at distance, middle ground and foreground, and use cold colours and shades to recreate a Narnia style scene, relating to their own island.
In our English sessions, we will be using ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis as a stimulus for descriptive writing of settings and characters. We will be writing dialogue between two characters, as well as first person accounts. Grammar and punctuation work will link into our writing. It will focus on direct speech, parenthesis, use of semi-colons, colons and dashes to join main clauses and different types of subordinate clauses.
We will continue to think about amazing men and women in the Old Testament of the Bible, looking into the lives of Noah, Abraham, Esther, Daniel, David, Hannah & Samuel.
Our science work will focus on reversible and irreversible changes around us. The children will plan investigations such as:
How much gas is produced from a non-reversible change?
How long do candles take to burn?
How long does it take for a nail to rust?
What are the bubbles in honeycomb?
In our English sessions, our writing will focus on the life of Charles Darwin. We will be writing diaries from first person perspectives, non-chronological reports and using pictures to aid our descriptive writing. Texts that will support our writing are:
GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
Our topic is ‘Darwin’s Delights’. We will research and plot on a timeline the key events of Charles Darwin's life and track his travels on the HMS Beagle, naming and locating key oceans and continents. We will research and compare the Galapagos Islands, the Falkland Islands and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, we will explore the lines of longitude and latitude of each place.
Our science work is all about evolution and inheritance. We will look at how organisms can be bred to create certain characteristics, we will observe and investigate the effects of the environment on plants, explore how living things adapt to their environment, as well as how they adapt over time, look at how fossils help us to learn about the past and describe the process of natural selection.
Children will create their own sketch books in the style of Charles Darwin, using graded pencils, pen and ink and water colours for their observational drawings.
During the Autumn term, we will be thinking about amazing men and women in the Old Testament of the Bible.
identify aspects of Esther’s story and some of the events at the festival of Purim.
In our English sessions, we will be writing a biography about Albert Einstein, as well as using Ripley’s Mighty Machines to help us structure and write our own non-fiction texts. All grammar and punctuation will be reviewed alongside and linked to our writing challenges.
Our science topic will focus on forces. The children will:
Review balanced and unbalanced forces.
Investigate air and water resistance.
Review what friction is and carry out investigations.
This term in Geography, linked to our topic ‘Scream Machine’, the children will research:
The main theme parks in the UK and where they are located.
Where they are in relation to urban, rural and transport links.
Which theme park is nearest to home and plan the route for a particular mode of transport.
Visit websites of parks outside of the UK.
Take virtual tours and analyse maps and plans.
Compare the parks to the UK in terms of size, capacity, cost and transport links.
In DT, we will be investigating fairground rides and how they work, looking at levers, pulleys and gears. The children will design, plan and make their own mechanism.
This term in maths, we will be reviewing the following: converting units, position and direction, as well as volume, area and perimeter. We will be applying our learning to problem solving situations and using the bar model to help us.
In RE, we will continue to explore the Bible. We will be asking questions such as:
How is the Bible made up?
How was the Bible written?
What can be learned from the Bible?
What is in the New Testament?
Who were the main people that taught about Jesus after he died?
How do Christians use Jesus’ teachings?
What are features of the Bible?
In Computing, the children will become Web Developers - planning, designing and creating their own webpages.
In Music sessions, the children will listen to and appraise ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, comparing and contrasting it to other songs of a similar theme. They will discuss pulse, rhythm and tempo when making comparisons.
Our PSHCE work will focus on ‘managing changes’ and we will be supporting children with their transition into Y6 or Y7.
PE sessions will focus on net and wall games. Please make sure appropriate footwear (supportive trainers) and school PE kit is in school each week. Children have also been given their timetable for swimming sessions if they have them this term.
This half term in French, we will continue to work with Madame Balestra learning about phrases and vocabulary linked to our homes.
What was life like in Britain before the Roman invasions? Why did the Romans invade? How did people feel about this?
During our topic entitled 'I am Warrior', children will learn about the impact of the Roman invasions on Britain.
They will research:
Celtic tribes in Britain before the Roman invasions.
Roman invasions and the spread of the Roman Empire.
How Roman roads were built and why.
Hadrian’s Wall and Emperor Hadrian.
Gods and Goddesses.
This half term we will be exploring the Bible. We will be asking questions such as:
Why is the Bible important to Christians?
What characters are there in the Bible and what stories are there about them?
What is God like?
What does God like and dislike?
How is the Bible made up?
How was the Bible written?
What can be learned from the Bible?
The children will be developing their own apps by assembling assets, establishing algorithms, coding, debugging, refining and testing.
Our science topic will focus on sound. The children will:
Learn about the parts of the ear and how we hear.
Explore how sound travels.
Investigate ways to absorb sound.
The children will continue to have ukulele lessons this half term looking at pitch, following musical scores and learning new songs.
This half term, we will be exploring patterns in the form of Roman mosaics, as well as sculpting Roman style oil lamps from clay.
During this term our PE sessions will focus on striking and fielding games. Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Please also make sure warm outdoor clothing is in school.
This half term we will learn about food, using French vocabulary to ask for and buy a variety of foods from different shops.
This term our topic centres on ‘Healthy Lifestyles’. We will discuss how to maintain a healthy mind and body, as well as ways of receiving support if needed. Our 'Take 5' breathing will help us with maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Guilty or not guilty?
It is 1830 the Defendant, Isabella Makin, is 11 years old. She has been charged with stealing three coats, two waistcoats, a pair of breeches, a pair of boots and a table cloth.
The defendant lives in Narrow Marsh, an area of Nottingham, with her family.
Isabella must help her family out as her father is ill and cannot work. Her mother must look after Isabella’s younger sisters and cannot go to work because there in no-one to care for them. They are very poor and have very little money to live on.
This is not Isabella’s first time in court. If she is found guilty this time, she will be punished harshly.
Isabella has been found guilty of stealing on four previous occasions. She has been imprisoned four times.
Will our jury find her guilty of theft?
Will our judge sentence her to prison for a fifth time?
What fate will await her?
Our English work this half term will focus on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. We will look at different adaptations of this play for children, use drama activities to help us understand and interpret the play and complete writing activities such as first person accounts and newspaper reports, using our talk for writing techniques to support us.
This term we will be focussing on averages, area, perimeter and volume, as well as angles. All of our learning will be linked with prior knowledge and applied to problems solving contexts.
This half term our topic is about Jewish celebrations and we will be learning about the Shabbat experience. We will also be looking at the story of Easter and what happened to Jesus in the last few days of his life. We will discuss how it must feel to have your friends disown you, as well as discussing how Peter (& the other disciples) disowned Jesus.
We will use ‘photostory’ to import and arrange pictures, adding captions and voice overs to show the changes in crime and punishment throughout British history.
Our science topic will focus on classification in terms of families and inheritance. We will ask questions such as:
Why are things classified?
How does inheritance work?
As part of our topic on ID, we will look at changes in crime and punishment throughout British history, ranging from the Roman era to Victorian Britain. We will also discuss how our knowledge of the past comes from a variety of sources and that different interpretations of stories exist.
Class Willow will have ukulele lessons again this term and will continue to look at pitch, follow musical scores and learn new songs.
This half term, we will be researching and critically analysing the artwork of David Hockney. We will recreate pieces of his work to show light and shadow, as well as using ‘pic stitch’ to alter images in his ‘joiners’ style.
During this term our PE sessions will focus on physical challenges and athletics. Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Please also make sure warm outdoor clothing is in school.
This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra learning about family, using French vocabulary to describe our own families.
Our topic centres on ‘Myself and My Relationships’. We will discuss how to recognise emotions in ourselves and others, coping strategies for difficult times and how to manage our changing emotions.
As part of our topic this term, we will be comparing and contrasting different mountains, looking at their locations and statistics such as their height & temperature at different levels. We will also be learning about the water cycle.
We will be researching the life of Edmund Hillary to determine why he is a key figure in history and using photographs as sources of historical data.
We will also be looking at the life of the Adi people, a mountain dwelling community and comparing their lifestyle with our own. We will also be researching and replicating their weaving designs.
Our Science topic will focus on states of matter. We will be investigating questions such as:
We will be using the story of 'A Bottle of Happiness' by Pippa Goodhart as a basis for our story writing, as well as the fantastic illustrations by Ehsan Abddollahi as stimuli for our descriptive writing.
RE work will take us on a journey of our lives to share and discuss key times of celebration. We will then look into the religions of Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism to see what key ceremonies are celebrated and how these religions prepare children for adult life.
This term we will be continuing to find out about our digestive systems. We will investigate how each part works and look at the role of spit in the digestive process.
Our DT topic will focus on chocolate! We will carry out market research to establish the type of products that our customers want to buy. We will design, plan and make chocolates based on our research, to sell at the Christmas Fair!
We will learn about 'Fair Trade', why it is important and how it has helped farmers all over the world. We will look at the process of chocolate being made, from bean to bar, and write an explanation text.
Our RE work will centre on 'Arts in the Faiths'. We will learn about music, dance, drama and much more throughout a range of religions.
This half term, our English, geography and history work will be based on our topic about Mexico.
We will be learning about and writing our own Maya creation stories, creting a powerpoint presentation to compare England with Mexico in a country comparison study, as well as researching what life was like for the ancient Mayans....
We will also be designing and making our own tortilla based pizzas!
Our science work is all about burps, bottoms and bile! Children will review what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet, learn about teeth names and functions, as well as oral hygiene and investigate the digestive system.
The year is 2050 and the children have been commissioned by the Government ministers to investigate and explore the problems and solutions that could be encountered in sending 30 people into space for five years.
For the next 7 weeks, the children will become ‘Space explorers’ and will seek information about a mysterious Planet called Earth and its Solar System. During the duration of their commission, they will be given a number of ‘Space Missions’ to complete.
At the end of their mission, they will present their findings to Government Ministers!
Work will also include an exciting visit to the National Space Centre to find out more about the Space Race and the Earth, Moon and Sun, the stars and our Solar System.
Our English work will link into our space topic with 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce and 'Cosmic Disco' a collection of poetry.
Our Topic this half term is ‘Tomorrows World.’ During the term, we will explore the rapidly changing new technologies that shape our world. We will investigate how technology affects the lives of people across the planet and their impact on natural resources. We will meet four families living in China and think about how one country is trying to overcome the pollution problems created by its rapid expansion of industry.
We will become software designers. The children will start by playing and analysing educational computer games, identifying those features that make a game successful. They will then plan and design a game, with a clear target audience in mind. They will create a working prototype, and then develop it further to add functionality and improve the user interface. Finally, they will test their game and make any necessary changes.
We will explore the work of the artist Eric Joyner and the robot sculptor, Clayton Bailey. Using modroc, we will design and make our own robots.
Our English lessons this half term will focus on the text ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. We will be writing in role, writing formal persuasive letters to a character, composing instructional writing for rules to live on Eel Island, as well as narrative and report writing.
Spring Term 2 2017
Under Our Feet!
This term we will review our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages, looking at equivalence, mixed and improper fractions and converting amounts. We will be working on algebraic formulae and geometry, focussing on angles, properties of shapes and direction & position. In addition, we will be converting between different units of metric measures and solving problems.
Our English lessons this half term will focus on the short story ‘The Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo. Writing will include using descriptive language, writing setting descriptions for contrasting coastal images, newspaper reports and diary entries. We will also be writing explanation and instruction texts.
History and Geography
This half term we will research our local area to find out about the impact on the mining community and the effects of pit closures. We will begin our topic with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum, learning about the life of a miner. We will investigate the conditions of working in a Coal mine over time, for both adults and children.
Art and Design
We will be sketching buildings and artefacts linked to our visit to the National Coal Mining Museum. We will use powder paints to build up paintings of imaginary landscapes and industrial buildings. In addition, we will research and design our own Miner’s lunchbox.
We will become interface designers sketching, planning and developing ideas for our App interface. We will source and develop backgrounds, images, sound effects and a video for the App.
This half term, we will become geologists, looking at what is under our feet! We will research fossil fuels and investigate the formation of coal and fossils. We will learn about the different rock types and how they are formed. We will also become ‘Plant Detectives’, learning about how plants reproduce and whether all flowering plants are the same.
This term the children will continue to explore different religions in our local area. They will develop positive attitudes and thoughtfulness through the investigation of non-violence and recognise the consequences of actions. They will explore freedom of beliefs, harmony and respect.
This half term we will be thinking about ‘Financial Capability’. The children will explore what money means in a broader context, as well as learning how jobs are paid depending on skill set. We will introduce children to pensions, insurance and tax, as well as thinking about how the future can be planned for. We will discuss the difference between essential resources and desirable resources.
This term we will become Historical Detectives and travel back in time to research a time when Victoria was Queen and Albert was Prince Consort. A time when some people lived in slums while others prospered. We will examine first hand evidence including photographs, paintings, diaries, artefacts and census material.
We will take on the role of an important reformer and present our good causes to the Queen. Will we be able to cause a revolution of change?
During our English lessons, we will be studying the book 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We will discover what happens to Jim when he finds himself all alone in the workhouse and desperate to escape. Life in Victorian times was very different to today.
Our Science learning will focus on our investigative skills linked into the topic of light. We will learn about the eye and how we see, investigate shadows, coloured light and refraction, as well as making our own light bulb.
We will be looking closely at the work of the Victorian artists L.S. Lowry and William Morris. We will sketch Victorian artefacts, developing our skills using pencil, pastel and pen and ink. We will draw close up views of bicycles and enlarge them into detailed pen/ink sketches.
Follow Erik the Viking to discover:
In English we will be writing our own sagas, using 'The Saga of Erik the Viking' by Terry Jones to help us, as well as writing a recipe for Viking bread.
We will map out where the Vikings came from and where they travelled to raid and trade, as well as looking at the place names they left behind.
Our Science topic is based on 'Light'. We will study how light travels, shadows and how they change.
RE learning will centre on Christian and Muslim charities that help people throughout the world.
Our Music learning this half term will be based on the nativity story and we will be studying the poem 'Bethlehem' by Carol Ann Duffy in the build up to Christmas.
Have a look at our class newsletter below for additional information.
This is a project aimed to last throughout the half term. Each child will present their project to the rest of the class in the last full week of school. A timetable will be organised nearer the time.
There will be weekly 'Mathletics' challenges set for each child which are linked to the learning in class. Each child has been given their own username and password to access this.
Please also continue to embed all times tables.
Each child also has a username and password for 'Education City'. Class learning zones have been set up to help with multiplication facts.
This term our learning will be centred around our topic 'The Blue Abyss'. During our residential trip to Boggle Hole, we will be visiting Whitby and the Captain Cook Museum. Children remaining at school will also be researching his life and voyages, so that we can write a biography.
We will also be finding out about Whitby and the surrounding area and writing persuasive texts in the form of holiday brochures.
We will also be learning about 'Oceanography' and the HMS Challenger, as well as learning about threats to our coastline and sea creatures and what can be done to help. Our writing focus will be on information texts and reports.
Our artwork will follow on with our sea theme, where we will be researching famous artists and their seascapes.
During DT sessions, we will design, plan, make and evaluate fish cakes and submarines, keeping to our ocean theme.
Science sessions will focus on classification of living things, life cycles and reproduction of plants and animals. We will ask and investigate questions such as: