Y5/6 2022 - 2023
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Spring Term 2023
Happy New Year! We hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas break and enjoyed the New Year celebtrations!
Our topic for this term 'Is South America a dangerous place to live?' We will be learning about the human and physical features of South America as well as exploring how this region inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
As part of our topic we'll be reading Surivors: Extraordinary Tales From The Wild & Beyond by David Long/Kerry Hyndman as a stimulus for our creative writing. Read the blurb below for further information about this amazing book!
Winner of the Best Book With Facts Blue Peter Book Award 2017
Beautifully presented in a large, hardback format, and fully illustrated in colour throughout, this wonderful anthology is a treat for all the family. Be shocked and amazed by these incredible real-life stories of extreme survival, including...
The Man Who Sucked Blood from a Shark, a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a teenager who fell 2 miles from an aeroplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety.
The Woman Who Froze to Death - Yet Lived, a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped. Four hours later, medics managed to warm her blood enough to revive her.
Combining classic tales such as Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic voyage, as well as more modern exploits such as the adventurer who inspired the movie 127 Hours, these astonishing stories will be retold by young readers to all of their friends.
If you require more information about what we will be learning this term, please see refer to the Topic Webs below.
One of the key priorities on our return to school will be to support children with their reading. It is crucial to children’s development that they are reading regularly. As a minimum, all children are asked to read at least 3 times a week, for at least half an hour, as part of their weekly homework and have it signed in their planner by an adult. These will be checked by their English teacher in English lessons. Children should tell their teacher when they need to change their book and they will complete an Accelerated Reader quiz on an iPad in school. Children will be able to change library books during the school day.
It is still important that children in Year 5 and 6 work at improving their spelling which is a key part of the National Curriculum for writing. Children will practise spellings in the mornings when they come in to school. They also will be taught spelling in year groups as part of their English lessons. For homework, children will have the Year 5 and 6 list of spellings to learn – these are challenging spellings so will need some work throughout the half term. They will also have spelling homework some weeks using ‘Spelling Shed’.
PE sessions will take place for children in Year 5 and 6 on a Thursday with Mr Read, Mrs Marrow and Mr Guildford. Children will need appropriate warm outdoor PE kit in school on Thursdays as they will be outside for the afternoon, including a coat. Children should continue to come to school wearing their full PE Kit on their allocated day (and also on Fitness Friday). As they will have to wear their PE kit throughout the whole school day, the children will need to be suitably dressed and prepared for indoors, outdoors and all weather conditions.
We are suggesting that the Elworth PE t -shirt and shorts/skort be worn underneath the Elworth jogging bottoms and zip up top. (This to allow layers to be taken off if children get too warm when inside, whilst providing layers for warmth when outside). A waterproof jacket is a necessity, in case of poor weather. Children will also need to come in wearing a sensible pair of sports trainers.
NB Year 5 will need to come in PE kit on Thursday and Friday this week as normal as they will taking part in PE on these days.
For the Spring Term, weekly homework for English and Maths (issued every Monday, to be competed for the following Monday) is completed using our CGP book resources. Details will be given each week as to the content/type of each homework.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling CGP book
Reading Comprehension CGP book
(alternates each week - see Google Classroom for further details)
Minimum of 3 times a week for 30+ minutes
|Reading Records to be signed by an adult 3 times a week, thank you|
National Curriculum spelling list
|Start of half term||Last week of half term|
Please be aware that revision activities may be set for children in Year 5 and 6 in addition to other homework as required. As preparation for transition towards high school, children may be asked to complete homework in lunchtimes if it is not completed at home.
Please note that Google Classroom will used as our main homework portal. All homework will be listed in Google Classroom even if external websites are used.
Spelling Shed can also be used to practice the Spring 1 Spelling List.
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