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Autumn 2 2019
This term we are focusing on map work in geography. We are already enjoying finding out where we live, and using map symbols and grid references. In science we are studying the circulatory system, and in RE we are asking, what do the gospels tell us about the birth of Jesus? In PE we are starting some athletic skills, ready for the Indoor Athletics Competition. We will also be developing gymnastics.
We have already started our class reader, The invention of Hugo Cabret, which we are loving already. Numeracy will focus on short division, long multiplication and fractions.
Autumn 1 2019
We have attached an overview of our Industrial Revolution topic. This is called a ‘Knowledge Organiser’, and it contains all the key information we would like the children to know by the end of the topic. We hope you will share this with your child, encouraging them to recall the facts, and perhaps extending their knowledge of the subject at home. We are using this method as a way of making learning embedded and remembered.
Another focus this term is reading. All children need to be reading daily at school and at home. We are using our school library as frequently as we can, and we are encouraging children to choose more demanding texts. This will help with their reading and writing. If you would like any help in supporting your child, please let us know.
Summer 2 2019
Literacy work will focus on writing; particularly developing narrative writing, and trying hard to improve our editing and improving skills. We will try to develop a range of sentence types and use more sophisticated punctuation and grammar. Numeracy will consolidate a lot of the concepts we have covered this year, and apply this to reasoning and problem solving. Year 5 will have formal assessment of literacy and numeracy later in the term.
Foundation work will have a global driver, with Brazil being the cross-curricular focus for lessons. The class will develop their map work skills and learn about life in a Brazilian town. Lessons will also look into the problem of deforestation and extreme weather, and how this affects the lives of Brazilian people.
We hope for some lovely sunshine, so we can get out onto the field and improve our athletics ability, ready for sports day. We have some super coaches in school to help us.
Summer 1 2019
Year 6 are doing a great job of working hard towards their SATs, which start on Monday 13th May. We are focussing on reading comprehension, spelling and grammar up until SATs. In literacy Year 5 are looking at aspects of discussion texts. In maths, both year groups are studying shape, direction and all aspects of fractions. In addition, Year 6 will refine their arithmetic skills.
In topic, the question to be answered will be; ‘Will we ever send another human to the Moon?’ Work around plants and the solar system, will be supported by a visit to a Planetarium at the Great North Museum. In addition, computing will involve databases. History will explore all aspects of the Mayan Civilisation.
We have coach in to teach aspects of health, fitness and nutrition. The class will train for our whole school, Race for Life.
Spring 2 2019
Topic work this term will include a DT topic on structures. We will look at how bridges are strengthened and how suspension bridges work. In addition we will design and build a bridge through the development of prototypes, which will be analysed and evaluated. A visit to Newcastle to study bridges will support this work.
Geography will study our local area, and science will focus on life cycles. In PE we will continue to swim, alongside tag rugby. RE will link to Easter through a topic on christianity.
Spring 1 2019
Some of the work covered in literacy and numeracy this term will be follow up from the formal assessment completed at the end of Autumn term. In addition we will continue with new objectives. In literacy the first few weeks will be around the understanding, vocabulary and language of poetry. Everyone will be encourage to give their personalised response to the poems covered. We will also cover persuasive writing. This half term we will continue to focus on spelling, grammar and reading.
Numeracy will focus on all aspects of fractions, and then metric measures. Year 6 will be using this term to revise all the Key Stage 2 objectives, in readiness for SATs.
In the afternoons, topic work will focus on forces in science and using water colours and acrylics in art. In PSHE the children will be thinking about their dreams and goals, and conversational skills will be developed in French.
All children will be swimming this term, and we have a dance coach in for our other session.
Jupiter class have been offered dance club and homework club after school. In addition Year 6 are encouraged to attend SATs revision club.
Autumn 2 2018
In lessons, literacy will focus on reading comprehension and a lot of our work will be around our book; Wind in the willows. We will be using our new resources, fiction Express, for weekly reading comprehension and vocabulary development. The class will be reading a chapter at a time, and voting on how they want the story to develop. Remember all children have a login for the website, where there are a range of online books and related activities to access.
Numeracy will firstly complete work around angles, then move onto 3D shapes. We will then focus on multiplication and division; both mental and formal written methods. It is imperative that all children know all of their times tables, otherwise they will really struggle to keep up. We will apply all of the methods to reasoning and problem solving. Finally, numeracy lessons will focus on all aspects of fractions.
This half terms topic will be, ‘The Vikings’. Teaching will start around the question; ‘Who are the Vikings and why did they come to Britain?’
Autumn 1 2018
Our topic this half term is Rainforests. Geography will focus on locating areas of rainforest, and investigating why they are so important, and why they are often in the news. Art will link with this by printing with a range of natural and man made materials. Prints will be both rotational and random.
Science will be based around the properties and changes in materials. Children will be investigating reversible and irreversible changes, and discovering dissolving, evaporation and filtering. The class will also be researching this half terms famous scientist; Ruth Benerito.
In PE we will have a coach to teach us invasion games, and the children will develop the attack and defensive skills, being a team player and leadership skills. In PSHE the children will explore how to develop self-confidence, and learn how to appreciate their own uniqueness.
Summer 2 2018
Jupiter class had an amazing afternoon at NDA, completing some STEM work.
As part of our literacy, Year 5 and Year 6 write some amazing stories and shared them with Year 1 and 2. They throughly enjoyed the stories.
Summer 1 2018
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. Computing will link to this, by the creation of Mayan arcade games using coding.
In science we have lots of interesting activities and investigations, focussing on Living things and their habitats. We will be using classification keys and explore how animals and plants are adapted to their specific habitat. French lessons will focus on food and art on landscape painting. Music will be pop ballads and PSHE around building relationships.
Spring 2 2018
In literacy, we are starting with reading, and writing, persuasive texts. We are then moving onto a class reader, which will be Holes by Louis Sachar. This will provide us with lots of reading and writing opportunities. Spelling tests will continue on Fridays, and we will continue to focus on reading a wide range of literature. Numeracy will start with number work; negative numbers, rounding and counting on and back in steps of 10,100,1000, 10 000. Calculations will focus on addition and subtraction, particularly concentrating on developing mental strategies. In statistics we will complete, read and interpret information in tables including timetables. In addition, Year 6 will interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs, and then use these to solve problems.
In the afternoons, Mrs Adams will focus teaching around our topic; The Victorians. There will be work around the significant inventions developed in this time, and the opportunity to design and make their own Victorian lamp. Science will link with this, by exploring and researching concepts around light. We have a PE coach to take some sessions on dance, and swimming will continue on Wednesdays. We also have police cadets in class for seven weeks covering a range of PSHE subjects, and allowing the class to work on improving the local area.
World Book Day
Jupiter Class had a great World Book day. We thought about our favourite books and favourite fictional characters. We researched famous authors. Everyone in Jupiter class shared books with Year 1 and Year 2.
Spring 1 2018
This half term in maths we will focus on all aspects of fractions, including equivalent fractions and calculating with fractions. We will then move to measurement, mostly converting between different metric measures. In literacy we are looking at the Lady of Shalott, by Tennyson. We will evaluate the rhyme and language of the poem, as well as performing verses of it aloud. In writing we are focussing on all aspects of story writing, including using a range of punctuation and grammar, and linking paragraphs. We will also think about researching and developing ideas.
In the afternoons we are moving onto our new topic, ‘North and South America’. This is based on the geography of the Americas.
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.