Years 5 and 6

Year 5

Our learning during the Autumn Term will have an overarching theme of Sustainable Development, and will be based around our core texts: ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday and Into The Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo. They 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 impact on the environment and how their current decisions can alter the future of the world.

Over the first half term in English, they will be developing our persuasive writing. As they read our core text, ‘The Last Wild’, they will be building an awareness of the environment, the relationships they create and the choices they make by writing a persuasive letter, based on key events in the story. They will be looking at how persuasive language and sentence structure have an effect on a reader. During the second half term, they will be learning the skills required to write a newspaper report.

In Maths, they are focusing on developing our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. They will then apply our knowledge of these methods to solve a range of real-life problems. In the second half of the Autumn term, they will continue their learning of the four operations by moving on to multiplication and division before moving on to statistics, area and perimeter.

In Science, their topic will be ‘Animals Including Humans’; they will be investigating the gestation period of different animals and planning and evaluating an experiment to see how age impacts fitness levels. They will be building towards creating a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of mammals.

In Art, children will be creating images of stags using recyclable objects in the style of Jane Perkins. They will be using different resources for outlines, shadows and detail.

The children’s project this term focuses on sustainable development. They will be learning about the impact of deforestation on our planet and will create documentaries explaining this. They will be using the green room and video cameras in Computing to create exciting backgrounds and scripts.

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.

To start the Autumn Term, Year 6’s learning will be based on our core text Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis. They will be using this enriching text to explore the issues surrounding sustainable development and deciding on what actions we can take as citizens to address the problems that the environment faces. Linking to Gorilla Dawn, children will also explore a range of stimuli such as documentaries about the jungle environment and its inhabitants, with the aim to create ‘voice-overs’ of their own in a non-fiction style.

Over the first part of this term, children will develop their fictional writing style as they write first-person narratives about Imara (the main character) and the events and other characters she encounters. They will learn to empathise with Imara, who has been captured by a band of rebel soldiers in Congo, 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 create suspense and tension in their narrative pieces. In the second part of the term, children will be writing a screenplay for the narration of a documentary similar to the style popularised by Sir David Attenborough. They will consider selecting the correct tense and person for writing, whilst learning how to shift levels of formality appropriately. They will also be writing persuasive letters, linking to their learning in curriculum, to ask for support with their project of ‘recycling coltan’.

In Maths, children will revise and extend their knowledge of place value, and how this relationship between numbers underpin all of mathematics. They will 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. Alongside extending their proficiency of using known calculation methods to aid their problem solving, the children will be exposed to new procedures, such as long division to calculate with increasingly large numbers, including decimals. They will also be learning how factors and multiples can be used as part of the multiplication and division process, this will also include building on knowledge of prime numbers and mental calculations. After that, fractions will be their main mathematical focus; learning how to simplify, calculate and identify equivalent fractions. As well as comparing and ordering fractions using the lowest common multiple.

In Science, the two foci are “Living Things and their Habitats” and “Evolution”. The ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ unit explains about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. The children will build on their work from Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences. They will extend their learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus. Children will also learn about variation and adaptation. 

Within the Evolution unit, they will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution.

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. 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.