Class 4 - Year 5 & 6
Years 5 & 6 would like to share what they are learning, and some of their work with you. We hope you enjoy our page.
Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Testing, testing! Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news! The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death-defying new drop ride for a theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff! Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!
I AM WARRIOR!
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?
Floodland: Then Chapter 2
A quick recap of the story so far.
Zoe was chased by gangs of people who realised that she had a boat. She made her escape from Norwich, a city standing proud from the rising floodwaters until she reached land. Upon arriving, she met Dooby and his gang who were convinced she was from a rival tribe - but eventually took her to their 'home', described by Dooby as 'Hell'!
Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick
If you want to listen to the rest of Floodland, then follow the link to hear the author reading the story: https://marcussedgwick.com/floodland/
Floodland: Then Chapter 4
Floodland: Then Chapter 3
Floodland Chapter 6
Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods. Minibeasts come in all shapes and sizes!
This half term, we’ll handle a range of minibeasts and small creatures. Taking photographs, making notes and listening carefully to expert explanations will help us to understand how minibeasts move, what they eat and where they live. Using what we’ve learned, we’ll write an interesting minibeast report.
In science, we’ll learn how to categorise minibeasts and investigate their habitats. We’ll make detailed drawings of our minibeasts, present data about them and make maps to show the route of our minibeast hunt. Using wood, stones, garden canes and other natural materials, we’ll create ‘minibeast hotels’ and write adverts to attract minibeasts to stay in them.
Using our minibeast knowledge we will create mythical minibeasts which could see the light of day in the enxt Fantastic Beast film, selling our creations in a Dragon’s Den type sales pitch.
Supporting our topic work will be our Literacy work based on the Harry Potter series of books, and the non-fiction Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.
PE and Swimming
PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons with Mr Rogers; in addition, this half term the children will have cricket sessions on Monday afternoons. It is essential that PE kit be in school during term time. Children should have a red T-shirt, black/blue shorts, joggers for winter and trainers. Class 4 will swim every Tuesday afternoon during the Autumn and Spring Terms starting on Tuesday 24th September. A separate letter with dates and a consent form will be sent out nearer the time. Please ensure that this is signed and sent back by the required date.
Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour
On the 17th October, we will be going to the Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden to see how the Harry Potter films were created; to look at the props and costumes, as well as the original sets from the films. The children will have the opportunity to fly broomsticks and ride the Hogwarts Express. Further details of the visit will follow at a later date.
Each week your child will be asked to complete at least one piece of homework. This is a reading task linked to a book that they are reading. It does not have to be their school reading book. Homework books should be handed in on Mondays for marking. There are 10 reading tasks to be completed by Christmas. Please encourage your child to complete the tasks.
Spellings should also be practised weekly from the attached list. A good rule of thumb is to practise each word, once a day every day – little and often is far more effective than cramming the night before the test. These words are generated from a list provided by the government that all children in Years 5 and 6 are expected to not only know how to spell, but to use confidently in their writing. Practising on the day for the test does not allow for the absorption of the word to memory. Writing each word in a sentence is essential, as many of the words have the same sound, but different meanings and these always appear on tests that we give to the children throughout the year, e.g. serial and cereal.
This year we have signed up to Spelling Shed. Each week there will be games to play for your children to help them to learn the spellings for the week. The login details for this are stuck into their Homework Books. Each set of words must be practised/played a minimum of 3 times.
Times Table Rockstars
Times Tables Rockstars will continue this year. In Year 5 and Year 6 the tables are one of the most important aspects of maths for your children to know by heart. Much of the maths relies on a secure knowledge of the tables and their related division facts. Please ensure that your child practises their tables so this essential skill is secure.
A reminder please that children should have a named water bottle in school which should contain only water. Juice and squash are not permitted. Some bottles have a section for fresh fruit to be added to flavour the water. These are fine.
100 Books Challenge
This year I am once again running the ‘100 Books to read in Year 5 and Year 6 Challenge’. This list gives a wide range of books from classic texts to modern titles. There are also a range of ability texts for confident book worms, to those who are just discovering the joy of a cracking story. I will send home the complete list for you to look at and encourage your child to choose from. They will, of course, be able to choose books from the library which are not on the list. Please read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record book.
This year we want to make more of the teams the children compete in at Sports Day. Therefore many of the learning activities will earn personal points which will then add to the team tally. At the end of each term the Team with the maximum number of points will receive a reward which may involve a non-uniform day, film and popcorn afternoon. The team will decide what they would like their treat to be.
In Class 4 your child can earn points if they read regularly with you and you sign their reading records to show you have listened to them. Returning Homework will also earn Team Points. You can help your child and their team to earn an end of term reward, please support them in this.
Just a gentle reminder that playtime snack Monday – Thursday should be fresh or dried fruit or vegetables only. On Treat Friday the children can bring a snack of their choice. Please ensure that these are for personal consumption only. Family sized bags of sweets, bars of chocolate and bags of crisps are not appropriate for Treat Friday.