Years 5 and 6

Year 5

Our learning during the Summer Term will have an overarching theme of London through Time, and will be based around our core texts: ‘Far from Home’ by Berlie Doherty and Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen. We will use these inspiring novels to explore various areas of the curriculum and the global learning goals in an exciting and creative way, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop via relatable experiences that will allow them to reflect on their own choices and identity and how their current decisions can impact their future.

Over the first half term in English, we will be developing our fictional writing. As we read our core text, ‘Far from Home’, we will be building an awareness of the realities children faced in London during the Victorian period by writing a narrative, based on the key characters. We will be looking at how word choice, tense and sentence structure have an effect on a reader. During the second half term, we will be learning the skills required to write an emotive speech that will be based on the common and controversial topic of gentrification.

In Maths, we are focusing on developing our knowledge of decimals and geometry. We will apply our knowledge of these methods to solve a range of real-life problems, involving the four main operations. In the second half of the Summer term, we will continue our learning of geometry but with a focus on shapes and units of measure.

In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Properties of Materials’. We will be sorting and classifying everyday objects based on their properties. We will be conducting lots of experiments to investigate reversible and irreversible changes, and which solids and liquids will create a solution. We will be building towards applying our learning when carrying out a scientific enquiry in order to plan a comparative test and explain and present results in a clear way.

In the first half term, through our History lessons, we will be linking our learning closely to our core text and will be exploring the Victorian era. We will be using secondary resources to consider the life of a child and explore the daily patterns, timetables and subjects taught to boys and girls in Victorian Britain. We will be working towards researching a famous Victorian in order to present our projects to the rest of the class.

In Art, we will be focusing on the work of William Morris; we will explore his famous pattern designs of wallpaper and textiles and explore the colours and patterns in order to help create and inspire our own William Morris style tile. Linking to our core text in Summer 2, children will be exploring the street artist Banksy and his graffiti art.

In Year Five, pupils are able to change their reading book each week.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  

In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic.  We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Year 6

At Woodhill Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross-curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning and away from school. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Woodhill we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

During Summer term, Year 6’s learning will be based on ‘Wonder’, our core text by R.J Palacio. We will be using this enriching text to explore individuality and diversity, reflecting on how everyone is different but everyone is ‘wonder’-ful. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.

Over Summer term, children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write present-tense narratives in role of August (the main character of Wonder). They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up having a facial disfigurement, before applying this to their own narratives and building upon their writer’s voice. Children will learn how to include a balance of dialogue and description to create imagery for the reader whilst also moving the plot forward. They will also be exposed to techniques that will allow them to switch appropriately between levels of formality; these include the use of technical vocabulary and ‘slang’. In the second part of the term, children will be writing in role of alternative characters from the text: ‘Wonder’, as they write a letter to an agony aunt discussing their worries and fears. Children will then switch their writer’s voice to create a thoughtful response from the agony aunt, offering advice and empathy. We will use both writing opportunities to develop the children’s voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths, children will spend the first half-term revising key learning from the year in preparation for their SATS. We will use this opportunity to re-cap the four main operations in a range of contexts and problems whilst children will still be encouraged to explain their reasoning and thought-processes when solving them. Children will also continue to build upon their awareness of using formula and exploring algebra to solve problems by calculating unknown values, calculate missing angles using known rules, interpreting and comparing data and solving problems that involve fractions, decimals and percentages.

In Science, children will be exploring the topic ‘Light’; we will be using the British summer time to create our own investigation about how light changes throughout the day and children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate these investigations. As children near the end of Year 6, there will also be opportunities for children to learn about changes they may recognise in themselves and others as they grow up. Children will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss these changes in their bodies to ensure they feel confident and comfortable in themselves as they move on to secondary school. In P.E, children will spend Summer term preparing themselves for Sports Day by developing their athletic abilities as well as learning skills for tennis.

In lead up to SATS, the afternoons will be spent sharpening our calculation skills through explicit arithmetic sessions, focusing on the four operations and fractions, decimals and percentages. Similarly, we will focus on developing our knowledge of key grammatical rules and terminology through engaging grammar sessions that will link closely with our learning in English. Children will continue to practice their French in class by learning how to have basic conversations, relating to their day-to-day routines. In Summer 2, Year 6 will be preparing for their ‘Woodhill Leaver’s Production’ concentrating on building their performance skills, creativity, confidence and collaboration. This will be incredibly enjoyable for them all and be a fantastic way to end the school year.

In Year 6, pupils are able to change their reading book once a week.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please encourage your child to be reading for 30 minutes every night and to record their comments in their reading journals.