Years 5 and 6

YEAR 5

Our learning during Autumn Term will be based around our two core texts, ‘Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare and ‘The Phoenix Bride’ by Dianne Hofmeyr. We will use both these texts to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. In the first half term, we will be developing a journalistic voice through writing a newspaper report on the events that happen during the play, encouraging children to explore reported and direct speech through role play. Leading on to the second half term, in which we will be writing letters of complaint where we will be learning how to adapt the formality of the language we use within a letter.  

In Maths, we are focusing on developing our knowledge of number and place value and mastering our formal written methods. 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 term, we will be moving onto statistics, area and perimeter, in which, our learning will include read and interpret information from tables and solve problems using information presented in a line graph.

In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Living things and their habitats and will be visiting The Horniman Museum to become scientific explorers, discovering more about living things and explore the life cycle of a butterfly. During the second half of the Autumn term, we will focus on the topic: ‘Forces’ and will conduct investigations that will enable us to develop and embed some of the key skills such as predicting, observing, drawing conclusions and also interpreting findings. We will explore the natural forces that occur every day and conduct our own experiment linking to this.

In the second half term, through our History lessons, we will be linking our learning closely to our core text and will be exploring the Tudor period, this will include children investigating different events that occurred on a timeline and making comparisons between this historical period through explaining things which have stayed the same or have changed over the years.

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.

Please click here to view the helping your child at home leaflet for Year 5.

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 the 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 the first part of this 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. During Summer 2, Year 6 will be given the exciting task to use Maths in the real world as they take part in the ‘Richard Branson Fiver Challenge’; they will be working collaboratively to create a business idea that creates profit and is sustainable. Children will need to use their knowledge of the four main operations to keep track of their spending as well as how much money they make from their business – what a fantastic opportunity!

In Science, the children will be exploring the topics ‘Light’ and ‘Evolution and ‘Inheritance’. 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.  For P.E, the children will spend Summer term preparing themselves for Sports Day by developing their athletic abilities as well as learning skills to play cricket and rounders.

In the 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 practise 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 each 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.  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.

Please click here to view the helping your child at home leaflet for Year 6.