Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mr S Chapman and Miss L Brayshay
Learning Challenge: ‘Does history repeat itself?’
This half term our big question is ‘Does history repeat itself?’ which focuses on World War Two and the events surrounding this period of British history. This question always raises many excellent points for discussion and is one that the children are extremely enthusiastic about. We will begin the topic with a WW2 classroom experience at Armley Mills where the children will be in the character of a child in the 1940’s. We will then look at where WW2 falls in context of other time periods in world history before discussing the reasons behind the outbreak of the war. After this we will spend time learning about the leaders in the war and their influence on their countries, as well as the idea of the country pulling together to win the war. The children have also shown a keen interest in learning about the experiences of different people in the war and we will therefore be covering the topics of evacuees, kindertransport and rationing. We will then look at how the world changed at the end of the war, as well as discussing any similarities in times post-1945, helping the children to relate their own life experiences to those of British people in the war years.
This half-term the children will be focussing their writing and reading work around the topic work of World War II and, specifically, a series of books which look at real-life stories relating to concentration camps and the life of Jewish people at the time of the war. These include stories such as ‘Rose Blanche’ and ‘Anne Frank.’ A variety of different written styles will be incorporated including letters, diaries and newspapers as well as narrative story writing. There will be a strong focus on reading for inference, or reading between the lines which is something that can be worked on through home reading too. Grammar and spelling lessons will take place on a weekly basis, as well as regular handwriting practice as handwriting will remain an important focus throughout the year. The grammar for this half term will focus on, defining and identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives; the different types of noun; conjunctions; first, second and third person; prepositions and pronouns.
Maths this half-term will initially be centred on number and place value. This includes being able to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000, including numbers with up to 3 decimal places. The children will work on rounding to whole numbers, tens, hundreds and thousands in addition to rounding numbers to either 1, 2 or 3 decimal places. We will recap on both mental and written methods for the four rules of number where children will now need to multiply and divide 4 digits by 2 digits. We are focusing on children being fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics alongside being able to reason mathematically therefore a lot of our maths lessons will be delivered through the use of problem solving activities allowing children to apply their knowledge by deciding which operations to use and why. Arithmetic tests will take place, mostly, on a weekly basis but there will also be testing of times tables’ knowledge and other crucial skills within class time.
This half-term the children will be putting their designing and building skills to the test by planning, creating prototypes for and building their very own designs for an air-raid shelter. The children will look at different shelters used during the war and think about the specific requirements they would have needed. Using this knowledge they will then plan the shelter and create it using a variety of materials. Finally, the children’s designs will be put to the test when they are subjected to a barrage of ‘bombs’ in a classroom air-raid. Art for this half-term will involve a series of one-off focus lessons using different mediums.
This half term our over-arching topic title is ‘How do Christians express their beliefs?’ Within this unit of work we will be looking for answers to questions such as ‘Why do Christians go to Church?’, ‘How do Christians worship?’ and ‘Is church a building or a community?’ Through these questions we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the part that Christianity plays in our culture and society both on a national level and more closely to home in the community of Farsley.
This half-term children will be spending their time developing teamwork and problem solving skills through outdoor adventurous activity. They will also be continuing to build their balance, agility and coordination through a unit of dance which is linked to ‘The Haka’ and will involve the children creating their own version of the well-known cultural war-dance.
Children will be focusing on mental health and emotional wellbeing, thinking about what is a ‘healthy mind’. They will complete lessons on what the term ‘mental health’ means; about what can affect mental health and some ways of dealing with this; about some everyday ways to look after mental health and about the stigma and discrimination that can surround mental health.
In Music this half-term, the children will learn how to perform two-part music. Following on from the work they did last year on notation, they will learn to read and perform rhythm notation using noteheads. They will then be combining rhythm and pitch symbols to produce melodic notation. They will learn about the history of hip hop music and about some famous artists during Black History week.
This half-term in French, the children will revise what they have learnt over the last three years through a range of songs and activities. They will learn how to conjugate the verb avoir in the context of classroom equipment, eg. J’ai un stylo; tu as un stylo. They will go on to learn about school in France and will learn some vocabulary for clothing and how to write sentences using this new vocabulary. They will learn how to express likes and dislikes.
In Year 6 the children will be building on previous skills learnt in Espresso coding by working on a new piece of software, ‘Python’, which is the next step in their coding education. They will be learning to print code, do code calculations, de-bug code errors and develop their own strings of code.