Sun Class Curriculum – Term 3

Suns Year 5 and 6

Term 3.

Mathematics

In term 3, the focus will be on fractions. Pupils will use their prior knowledge of division and multiplication to demonstrate their ability to; identify, name and write equivalent fractions, recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other, and add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. Year 6 pupils will be pushed further through simplifying, comparing and ordering fractions, multiplying and dividing proper fractions and using equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore fractions through word problems and reasoning questions, in order to extend their learning further.

We will consolidate prior learning through daily starters and will have a strong focus on all times tables and division facts up to 12×12.

English

Pupils will start the term by creating an alternative ending to being stuck in a pyramid. They will need to describe the setting and characters through adjective, similes and metaphors to intrigue the reader. We will then move swiftly onward to looking at letter writing and the shift between formal and informal writing. Pupils will write an informal letter from Egypt and discuss how emotive language can be used. There will be a particular focus on extending children’s vocabulary and we will develop pupil’s confidence in using thesauruses and dictionaries. Towards the end of the term, pupils will review instructional writing in which they will look at modal verbs, colons and preposition; they will coincide their instructional writing with art.

This term, there will be a huge emphasis on spelling punctuation and grammar. Pupils will have daily ‘SPAG’ lessons and some of their homework will be linked to various aspects of this area of the English National Curriculum. Pupils will be given weekly spellings with a spelling test every Friday.

Topic

Our Topic this term is ’Who’s the Mummy?’. Children will look at Ancient Egypt through a History perspective and learn about the achievements of the earliest civilisation. They discover how to design and create Egyptian Jewellery and pyramids as well as papier mache pharaoh masks. Pupils will discover what life was like as an Ancient Egyptian, who Tutankhamun was and about the Egyptian Gods. By the end of this topic, pupils will have a sound understanding of what life was like in the era and be able to compare it to modern day life.

Science

In Science, pupils will look at the ‘living things and their habitats’. They will look at the parts of a plant and the different ways that plants are able to reproduce. Pupils will then look into the different life cycles between mammals, insects and amphibians. Jane Goodall’s work on the life cycle of a chimpanzee will be reviewed and used as a starting point for discussion.

Music

This term, pupils will continue to develop their guitar skills. They will be focused on putting the different chords together in order to form a variety of songs. As well as this, pupils will be practicing for Young Voices. As a class, we will be looking at the collection of different songs and develop our performing skills so that we are ready for the concert.

RE

In our RE, we will be discussing ‘how can following God bring freedom and justice’. Pupils will be able to explain the connections between the story of Moses and the concepts of freedom as well as make clear connections between the Bible texts and what Christians believe about being the People of God and the expected behaviour. They will be discussing how Christians are able to put their beliefs into practice by trying to bring freedom to others.

Home learning

Every Friday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise. In class, we will review the spelling rule of the week and pupils will be tested on their spellings the following Friday. The words, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum word list and words that are frequently misspelt in class.

Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by Wednesday. The content will enable children to practice what they have been looking at in class.

Reading

Reading is a vital part of the curriculum and development of your child’s learning. Fluency in reading, coupled with developing comprehension can allow pupils to expand their vocabulary and allow pupils to explore their imagination. Pupils should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day. If your child is reading independently, please encourage him/her to clarify unfamiliar word-meanings or pull out information from the text.

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