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Welcome to Canberra Class!

Here is what we are going to be learning about during the Autumn Term

Our Full Curriculum can be found under: school information / curriculum overview.

https://cinnamonbrow-warrington.secure-dbprimary.com/warrington/primary/cinnamonbrow/site/pages/ourcurriculum/curriculum

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English

We are looking forward to sharing some interesting texts during this autumn term. Here is an introduction to the books we will be studying together: 

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo 

We will study the legend of Beowulf retold by the famous children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.   In this planning sequence, children will explore the ambitious vocabulary and become ‘Reading Detectives’ to understand how authors build tension and engage the reader. Grammar lessons will include developing dictionary skills and learning the subjunctive. Writing outcomes will be to write a letter to King Hrothgar, produce a description of a monster that could feature in the story and produce an extended narrative in the style of Beowulf. 

The Man who Walked between Two Towers by Mordicai Gerstein 

This picture book captures the poetry and magic of a real-life event. In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky.  Children will use the beautiful illustrations to imagine they were there and produce an emotive diary extract. They will also study the features and techniques associated with persuasive writing. 

Reading

In KS2 we follow a programme called Reciprocal Reading. This is an activity that takes the form of a dialogue between teachers and children as they read as a whole class or in groups. A reciprocal approach provides our children with four specific reading strategies: Questioning, Clarifying, Summarizing, and Predicting. When you listen to your children read, we encourage you to discuss the story lines, plot, characters and the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Reading Homework: we expect daily reading at home. We ask that at least three reads are from the teacher directed ‘book banded’ book and two are from an online reading program (Reading Plus or Reading Eggspress). ALL reads should be recorded in the yellow reading record books to allow staff to keep a record and celebrate success at the end of each term. 

Maths

Mathematics

This term, across the key stage, we will learn about:

Place value within a million

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

 

In Year 5/6, we are teaching for mastery in our maths lessons. Through carefully planned teaching and the support of a 'Power Maths' scheme we enable all children to access the maths curriculum at their level and open up opportunities for all children to work within a mastery approach. 

Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

As a teaching team across phase and with teaching assistants, we work closely to plan, assess and evaluate each lesson to ensure the needs of every child are met. Additional time can be given in the afternoons or mornings if a child has struggled with a concept or we feel they need some pre learning to aid them in their understanding. 

The children also have access to TT Rockstars and Maths Whizz to support their Maths progression through app and online resources. 

Research shows that completing maths activities little and often is the best way to retain recall skills.  Here are some of the maths activities you can access online.

TT Rockstars: This is an online multiplication recall program accessible for all learners.

 

 

Maths Homework:  In UKS2 we ask that you continue to support us with multiplication knowledge by using TTRockstars on a daily basis. We recommend 10 minutes each day. 

RE

As a Church of England School, Religious Education is a core subject and alongside collective worship is a very important part of school life. RE & worship takes place throughout the school day with daily prayers, whole school and class worship and the sharing of our Christian values.

 

This term the focus taken from the Diocese scheme of work is:

 

How and why do Christians read The Bible?

People of faith Hinduism

Christmas: The Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Science

Forces

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

 

Electricity

  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

 

History

Why did the Anglo-Saxons and Celts settle in Britain? 

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. 

  • Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire
  • Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland) 
  • Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life 
  • Christian conversion – Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne  

Geography

Travel, Trade & Settlement 

  • name and locate some of the world’s countries that the UK trade with
  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country 
  • describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water 
  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied  

PE

Real Gym

Invasion games

 

PE will take place each Monday for Cape Town, Wednesday for New Delhi and Thursday for Canberra.

We are requesting that on their PE day children come to school dressed for PE with their appropriate PE kit.

Art & DT

ART:

Sculpture

Sketching

Manipulating Clay

Carving Clay

Colour mixing

Colour matching

DT:

Design and build a hedgehog shelter:

Research and develop a design for a hedgehog shelter

Use appropriate tools and materials to build the shelter

Evaluate the product once made

Explore how to strengthen the structure

Music

We are lucky to have a professional music tutor. She leads the music session in blocks of 4-6 weeks. 

Pupils will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Computing

In this unit, the class will learn about the World Wide Web as a communication tool. First, they will learn how we find information on the World Wide Web, through learning how search engines work (including how they select and rank results) and what influences searching, and through comparing different search engines. They will then investigate different methods of communication, before focusing on internet-based communication. Finally, they will evaluate which methods of internet communication to use for particular purposes.

MFL

In school we use the Janet Lloyd Language programme.

Welcome to School

Christmas Shopping

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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How you can support us.

Reading - 

Reading with your child is the most important thing you can do to support their learning at home. 

Please try and read every night and log this in the yellow reading record.  Three reads are needed from the teacher directed book-banded reading book. We suggest that in UKS2, children should be reading approximately 10 pages per night to increase reading stamina. Two reads should be from the online reading platforms. 

Your child's Reading Plus and Eggs passwords are in their reading diary.  If you have any trouble signing in online, please ask one of us.

We are all taking part in the Round the World Reading Challenge which allows your child to 'travel' to new world destinations each time they read at home at 5 times a week for ten weeks.  Don't forget, Reading Plus/Eggs will count as a read and make sure you record these! Let's get reading!

Maths - please help your child learn Times Tables. TTRockstars is a brilliant app to help with this.  Additionally, children need to complete online maths learning using Doodle maths and Numbots for at least 10 minutes each day.

Please feel free to contact and talk to us in regards to any of your children’s needs.

Key Information

Homework

Please ensure that you bring your child's school reading book bag back into school daily as this will be used to bring home important letters and it will keep our reading books safe.

Your child should bring in a water bottle that is sent home to be thoroughly cleaned each evening.

Spellings

Spellings are very important in UKS2. A spelling list will be sent home each week. This will be words that have the spelling patterns we are learning, plus a short list of statutory words. We suggest the children write out the spellings in a list, in sentences, in rainbow colours and in pictures. These different methods, support the child to remember the patterns and spellings. We also suggest pointing out the spelling patterns in daily reading. 

Staff

Teacher - Mrs Locke

TA - Miss Hughes 

Outdoor Learning

Children will be completing outdoor learning activities planned by our Forest School lead and led by members of the class teaching team.

We are requesting that on their Forest School day, children come into school with their normal blouse / shirt and jumper/cardigan but wear appropriate trousers for outdoors. It is essential that they also come with a waterproof coat/jacket and a plastic bag containing wellies or walking boot style shoes / old trainers.

Canberra:  6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September

New Delhi:  4th, 11th, 18th October, 1st November

Cape Town: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November

Home-Learning Project

Homework projects will be shared each term by the class teachers. These opportunities are for you to share in your child’s learning about the world around them through history, geography, science and the arts. Please support your children in completing these projects.  

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