Years 5 & 6 – Herons Class

Welcome to Herons Class page:

On this page you will be able to find information about the work which Year 5 and Year 6 pupils are undertaking. You will also find information of ways in which you can help and encourage pupils in their learning to enable them to fulfil the school values ‘To Nurture, To Grow and To Flourish’.

To enable you to be fully involved with your child’s learning we hold half termly consultation meetings which provide an opportunity for pupils and parents to meet with the class teacher to discuss progress, celebrate achievements and discuss the next steps. 

Our topics this term are as follows:

Autumn Term- Herons Class

  • Miss Eaton
  • Miss K Bennett
  • Thurs/Friday
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
English
Our English lessons will be linked to the texts ‘Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar and the classical poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We will have a focus on Narrative writing, discussion texts, writing recounts and writing poetry.
The children will be learning new words through Mrs Wordsmith and they will have weekly spellings set through Spelling Shed.
Maths
In Maths we will continue working through Power Maths. We will be focussing on place value followed by addition and subtraction up to (10,000,000) then multiplication and division up to four digits long. The children will also complete work on fractions, geometry, decimals and percentages. The children will be set challenges through TT Rock stars and Prodigy.
Science
In Science, our topic will be :
‘Animals including humans‘ where we will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology.
For the Second half term we will be looking at ‘Materials’. This unit is building on prior knowledge from Key Stage One where children began to learn about materials, their properties and how these link to their uses.
History / Geography
In History we will be learning about the Early British Empire. The unit builds on children’s previous knowledge of British history from the 16th to 18th century. They begin by revisiting monarchs previously studied, such as Elizabeth I and James I, to set the context. Children will then learn about some of the significant decisions and events that took place during the reigns of these familiar monarchs that resulted in the birth and expansion of the British Empire.
In the second half of Autumn Term we will be learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade. During this unit, the children will build upon their knowledge of empire and slavery. They will look at the atrocities of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, looking at how and why the forced migration of millions of Africans took place.
In Geography we will be learning ‘Spatial Sense’. This unit builds on children’s understanding of globes and maps. Latitude and longitude are taught to enable children to gain an understanding of how cartographers divide the world into segments to allow identification of locations using co-ordinates.
In the Second half of Autumn Term we will be learning about mountains. Children will learn that mountains are large landforms that rise above surrounding land. They will briefly look at plate tectonics theory, touching on the reasons why mountains form. Children will also learn that a mountain range is a group of connected mountains and will study the Alps, The Himalayas, The Rockies, The Andes. Mount Kilimanjaro will also be studied as an example of a dormant volcano.
Art/DT
In Art we will be looking at style in art by first considering how artists can use different techniques to alter their style. Children start by comparing different styles of brushwork demonstrated by Stubbs in Whistlejacket and by Munch in The Scream of Nature.
In DT we will be looking at fashion textiles. The children will look at sewing techniques and produce a draw-string bag.
RE
In R.E. our focus will be What does Holy mean if God is Holy and Loving?
PHSE
In PSHE our topics will be looking at their rights and responsibilities, beginning and belonging as well as anti-bullying behaviours.
The children will also work on recognising their emotions and will work on their understanding of the zones of regulations.
PE
Our PE lessons will be taught by Premier Sport. The children will be developing their ball control skills playing a variety of games involving team work and ball-handling skills.
Computing
The children will be introduced to google classroom and how to use the platform as a communication tool. The children will also engage in an internet safety lesson each half term. The children will develop their coding skills by using Scratch.
MFL
The children will be learning how to talk about themselves in French. Informing people of their age and their likes and dislikes.
Music
The children will be finding out about the musician Beethoven and learning how to perform one of his pieces.

Autumn Term- Herons Class

  • Miss Eaton
  • Miss K Bennett
  • Thurs/Friday
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
English
Our English lessons will be linked to our Topic of WWI as well as drawing upon other topics we have learnt previously. We will be covering the following genres: narrative- settings, non-chronological reports, persuasive texts and diary entries.
Our class books during Spring term will be: ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman and ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ by Judith Kerr
We will also being doing several book projects using our new learning platform ‘MyOn’ which coincides with the Accelerated Reader Programme. MyOn is an online platform that children will be able to access at home as well as in school.
The children will be learning new words through Mrs Wordsmith and they will have weekly spellings set through Spelling Shed.
Maths
In Maths we will continue working through Power Maths. We will be focussing on:
Year 5: Multiplication and Division up to four digits including division with remainders, Fractions (division, comparing, adding, subtracting and multiplying), decimals and percentages
Year 6: Decimals, Percentages, Algebra, imperial and metric measure, perimeter, area, volume, ratio and proportion.
Science
In Science, our topic will be :
Forces: children will be able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object; identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces; recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
History / Geography
In History we will be learning about World War I. We will be aiming to be able to discuss and answer the following questions:
Who were Britain’s Allies and Axis during WWI?
Why and when did WW1 start?
Where were most of the battles fought on the ‘Western Front’?
What happened after the war?
When did the war end?
In Geography we will be learning about the country of Wales. We will look into the following aspects of the country
LOCATIONAL KNOWLEDGE:
Name and locate counties and cities in the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.
HUMAN AND PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY:
Physical geography including: rivers, mountains
GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS AND FIELDWORK:
Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computers
Art/DT
In Art we will be looking at Antony Gormley and Barbara Hepworth’s artistic techniques and talents.
In DT we will be making wind turbines to go along with our forces topic in Science.
RE
In R.E. our focus will be on ‘Judaism’ we will be looking at how Jewish people celebrate and also look at the similarities and differences between Christian beliefs and Jewish beliefs.
PHSE
In PSHE our topics will be looking at diversity and communities as well as delve into drug education.
PE
Our PE lessons will be taught by Premier Sport. The children will be developing their team building skills while working socially distanced outside.
Computing
In Computing we will be studying some computing theory looking at Computer Systems and Networks.
This will involve us looking at how Computers are connected together so that we can share resources.
MFL
Mme Bending start by teaching French to Kestrels class this term. The children will be continuing their link with Little Thetford school and will be writing New Year cards followed by learning how to talk about the Months of the year, their birthdays, the alphabet, and the weather.
Music
In the second half of the term Mme Bending will be teaching music. The children will be learning how to read the music and to be able to perform a piece on the keyboards. This will include learning about the treble clef.

Autumn Term- Herons Class

  • Miss Eaton
  • Miss K Bennett
  • Thurs/Friday
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
English
Our English lessons will be linking some of our texts to the class books. We will begin looking at discussion texts, narratives, newspapers and poetry.
Our class books during Summer term will be: ‘ The Firework maker’s daughter’ by Phillip Pullman and ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott.
We will also be doing several book projects using our new learning platform ‘MyOn’ which coincides with the Accelerated Reader Programme. MyOn is an online platform that children will be able to access at home as well as in school.
The children will be learning new words through Mrs Wordsmith and they will have weekly spellings set through Spelling Shed.
Maths
In Maths we will continue working through Power Maths for year 5. We will be focussing on:
Year 5: Multiplication and Division up to four digits including division with remainders, Fractions (division, comparing, adding, subtracting and multiplying), measuring volume, mass and distance, statistics, shapes and angles
In Maths we will continue working through SATs preparation for year 6. We will be focusing on:
Year 6: Decimals, Percentages, Algebra, imperial and metric measure, the four operations, statistics, shapes and angles.
Science
The children will be studying astronomy. In this unit, children will study astronomy. They will learn that the word astronomy comes from the Greek word astron meaning ‘star’. Therefore, astronomy is the science that studies the laws of the stars and everything in universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. The substantive concepts of this unit are motion, force, energy, matter and space. In this unit, the children will learn about the evolution of the universe, gravity, the solar system, lunar phases and about galaxies.
History / Geography
In History we will be learning about the Cold War the children will learn that the Cold War was a period of tension between the capitalist democracies of the west and the communist countries of the east. They had a race to see who could make the most deadly weapons. The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to nuclear war during the Cold War. They will also learn during the Cold War the USA and USSR competed through the space race. The children will then be required to make link between previous wars (WWI and WWII) and more current warfare.
In Geography we will be study the continent of Africa looking at the following curriculum areas:
Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human, characteristics, countries, and major cities.
Describe and understand key aspects of:
⇒ physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
⇒ human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
Art/DT
In Art we will be looking at Impressionism and Post-impressionism
In DT we will be making an electrical circuit, designing an early civilisation artifact based on Africa.
RE
In R.E. our focus will be on ‘salvation’ and the key question, ‘What difference Does the Resurrection make to Christians 2B.7?’
PHSE
In PSHE our topics will be looking at Personal safety, SRE (Sexual Relations), drugs and managing change in order to prepare them for the following school year.
PE
Our PE lessons will be taught by Premier Sport. The children will be developing their team building skills while working socially distanced outside.
Computing
Children will use physical computing to explore the concept of selection in programming through the use of the Crumble programming environment. Learners will be introduced to a microcontroller (Crumble controller) and learn how to connect and program components (including output devices — LEDs and motors) using previously learned programming knowledge.
MFL
The class will be studying MFL for the second half of the Summer Term. They will be learning Italian or Chinese (the children will get to vote on which language the class studies). They will be learning basic greetings, talking about themselves and writing to their partner class at Little Thetford Primary.
Music
This term the children will be learning about rhythm – notation and doing some singing. The children will be learning the songs for the summer term production.