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Autumn 2 2017
This half term the afternoons will focus on the geography of North and south America. We will look at the physical features, climate and lifestyles of the people. Science will look at variation in living things and how these have changed over time. Through the study of Charles Darwin we will consider fossils and how plants and animals have adapted to their environment. Art lessons will focus on painting and in PSHE we will be thinking about managing feelings and behaviour. French will cover conversations and in PE a coach will teach ‘Kwick Kricket’.
There are lots of significant events, including art week, anti-bullying week, World Science Day, Children in Need day and a range of Christmas activities. In addition we have the opportunity to sing at The Sage, Gateshead.
Autumn 1 2017
This half term our topic work will be centred around Ancient Greece. The children will learn about the development of the Ancient Greek civilisation, and identify ways in which this period in history still influences our modern lives. Art and design will link to this by creating replica pottery and sketching. In science the topic will be ‘animals, including humans’. The children will learn about the human circulatory system and investigate the effect of exercise on the body.
In addition the class will continue conversational French and will think how to develop self-confidence and resilience in PSHE. PE will cover gymnastics and games.
Jupiter class attended a writing workshop with the author, David Almond.
As part of our science work, Jupiter class went to a science lab at NDA and dissected a heart. Some of us were keener on this than others! We also looked at various organs close up.
Summer 2 2017
In Summer 2 Jupiter Class will be completing the years numeracy by looking at problems around volume and scale. In addition they will be focussing on measuring and drawing angles. In literacy, when written work around ‘The Secret Garden’ is complete, we will spend some time on Non-chronological reports, then focus on reading and writing stories from another culture.
Topic work will centre around Anglo Saxons and Vikings, particularly the impact of the Viking invasion on Early British life. In science the class will organise, set up and carry out investigations in the school grounds, involving wildlife and trees. PE this half term will be athletics and cricket, and art will focus on collage and mosaics.
Summer 1 2017
This half term Year 6 will be working very hard, revising literacy and numeracy for their SATs, while Year 5 study discussion texts and poetry in literacy. In numeracy Year 5 will be working on improper and proper fractions, multiplication, including multiplication of fractions and mental addition and subtraction strategies.
From week 3 all the class will be studying The Secret Garden. We have lots of lovely activities planned and expect some excellent writing as a result. Numeracy will focus on problem solving in area and perimeter, and work around decimal place value.
The children are really looking forward to our science topic, which is based around Earth and Space. In geography we are comparing regions of the UK to Argentina. In art we are printing and in PE we have a dance coach.
Spring 2 2017
Jupiter class will focus work around science this term. As well as our ‘Earth and Space’ topic, recognising the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon, and developing an understanding of how day and night occur, the class will take part in BBC Live Science Investigations. In addition we have a full week of activities planned for Science week, including Year 6 leading experiments for the rest of the school.
In RE work around Lent will be supported by a visit to West Pelton Church, to take part in small group activities. In computing we will continue coding using Lego Wedo, and in geography we are continuing our work around natural resources. Art will change focus to printing and in music we will studying the music of Benjamin Britten.
Spring 1 2017
In Jupiter class the topic is geography based, and will focus on the worlds natural resources. The class will study what natural resources are, and where they are found. We will also look at their use and distribution . This will lead onto work around world trade.
The use of natural resources will link to our art focus, which is sculpture. The class will experiment with working with a variety of materials and will plan and make a sculpture of their own. In addition we will look at interesting sculptures by local artists, and those further afield.
Science will focus on forces, levers and pulleys. There will be a lot of practical experiments to investigate air resistance and friction. The class will also research famous scientists such as Galileo and Newton.
Autumn 2 2016
In topic work we will focus on the science of humans’, identifying the changes in humans from birth to old age and creating a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development. In computing the class will use the program ‘Scratch’, which allows them to change variables and conditions in games, and also to create their own games. Art will focus on sculpture, and RE will centre on themes around Christmas. History will centre on the events around the Battle of Britain. PE lessons will be on team games. A specialist coach will be in on Mondays.
Autumn 1 2016
Jupiter class will be starting the year with a topic on the Stone Age. Lessons will focus on identifying the different periods and children will research how people survived and lived during this time. They will learn about the religious beliefs of early people and how the Celts influenced the British way of life.
Science will focus on the properties of materials; including investigations around irreversible changes. In computing work will be around sound. The class will learn how to upload and edit sound effects . They will also alter and save sounds.
In art the lessons will focus on painting using watercolours. Paint will be mixed and blended. French will focus on greetings and numbers. PSHE will start with work around friendships and RE will research Sikhism.
Jupiter class will focus this half terms work on learning all about the Ancient Mayan civilisation. They will research their beliefs and way of life. In addition they will explore ideas, speculating why this civilisation apparently disappeared. In identifying these people as an Ancient American Civilisation, the class will locate the Americas continent and locate key countries and cities. They will also investigate the human and physical geography of the continent.
Computer work will create a Mayan Arcade game, by using variables and conditions in coding. They will explore games, decompose and personalising.
Our topic this half term is The Industrial Revolution. This will link historical understanding with electricity work in science. ICT and DT will also be linked, using coding to make working models move. In Art the class will look at typical industrial scenes, and sketch them using cross hatching techniques. Mrs Blant has a super visit planned to embed this learning.
French lessons will focus on developing vocabulary and studying a French speaking country. Music will focus on Jazz and Blues music.
This half term Year 5 and 6 are continuing work around the Ancient Greeks, which the class are really enjoying. The class are focusing work around the cities of Athens and Sparta and exploring the lives of the Greek people. Art will link to this by creating designs for Greek plates.
Science will look at evolution and inheritance. This is a new topic and sounds really interesting. Music and RE will both focus on Christmas themes; Benjamin Britten’s A New Year Carol, for music, and how the birth of Jesus is reported in the gospels for RE.
This half term we are learning about Ancient Greece. The children will be researching lots of information about this ancient civilisation and identifying ways in which it still influences our modern lives. They will explore a number of Greek myths and legends and take an active part in an ancient Greek workshop organised by the University of Durham.
In art the children are studying sculptures. They will draw inspiration from iconic sculptures in our region and will use a selection of different materials to create sculptures of their own design. A visit to the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle is planned, where the children will view the work of the famous sculptor Sir Henry Moore.