Years 5 and 6

Year Five – Summer Term

To begin the Summer Term, we will be becoming forensic investigators during STEM week. Using a range of skills, Year 5 will be investigating a sinister crime by analysing blood types, collecting fingerprints and evidence. Our mission for STEM week will be to solve the crime and catch the culprit!

In Year 5, during the Summer Term, our core text will be ‘Too Much Trouble’ by Tom Avery. This core text will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. ‘Too much Trouble’ is a contemporary interpretation of the classic, Oliver Twist; it delves into the world of two young, refugee brothers who become embroiled in a gang and street crime. During the first term we will be mastering the skills needed to write an appeal for help from an advice columnist and the response from the columnist to the young boy from the text.  We will continue our learning with this core text for Summer Term 2 and will further explore the relationship between the brothers by writing a narrative based on the gripping events that occur in the story. Our core text for the Summer term will enable us to explore the ‘Global Theme’, of Human Rights and how these are sometimes challenged and protected.

Over the course of the Summer Term, during our Topic learning, we will be learning about the British Justice System. We will be learning about the court system and how a trial is carried out. As a result of our learning, we will be putting the leader of the gang from our core text on trial. As a class we will all take on different roles within that trial to defend, prosecute and judge the accused! We are hoping to visit a real life court to meet the people who actually work there!

In Science this term, we will be learning about space. We will be visiting the Planetarium during which, children will be able to experience outer space and the universe in detail. As part of our learning journey, we will be exploring the distance of the planets from one another and the Sun as well as the phases of the moon. During Summer 2, we will be comparing the discoveries and work of two astronauts: Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong.

In RE, we will be continuing to learn about Christianity, with a focus on living a Christian life and exploring the meaning of quotes from The Bible.

In Maths, we will be learning about the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be converting between fractions decimals and percentages as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. Summer 2 will be dedicated to geometry (Shape and angles), co-ordinates and statistics.


Year Six – Summer Term

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 ‘Stella by Starlight’, our core text by Sharon Draper. We will be using this enriching text to explore segregation during the 1930’s in America. 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 Stella (a young girl facing segregation) describing the build up to a key day in Black History – voting day. They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up experiencing such inequality, 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 a newspaper article reporting on a suspicious sighting of the Ku Klux Klan; they will learn how to write formally, include examples of direct and reported speech as well as writing factually about an event. 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.

The children are eagerly anticipating this year’s ‘STEM Week’, which is taking place this term. Children will grapple with ideas and solve problems relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The focus for our investigations with be based on STEM careers linked to those working in Space and on the moon. 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.