This Term

Below you will find information about what the classes in Year 5 and 6 are learning about this term.  You might also like to view our Homework page for ways that you can support learning at home. 

Autumn 2021

Topic - During the first half term the topic study will be  What have we learnt from the Ancient Greeks?  This will include learning about the history of ancient Greece, placing this on a timeline as well as understanding the Geographical features of Greece.  The children will use historical sources to find out more about ancient Greece, including the Olympics and learn about the impact of ancient Greece on modern life.  This unit will include a visit from a Greek expert who will bring in many artefacts for the children to handle and dress up in. He covers medicine, warfare, schools, games, everyday life, the rich and the poor and democracy. He is an expert on Ancient Greece and the Greek Day is always enjoyed by all the children.

After half term the topic will be How do the physical and human features of the Yorkshire Dales compare to North East USA?  This is a Geography based topic that uses Geographical skills to study the features of Yorkshire and the USA.  The children will learn about the physical and human features of these two places and compare them.  The children will use map skills as part of this study.

Science – This term the Science topic is Earth and Space.  The children will learn how to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system; describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth; describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies and use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

After half term the children will study Evolution and Inheritance - they will learn to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.  They will learn that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.  They will identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

RE – How do Sikhs show commitment? - This topic will develop further the knowledge and understanding of Sikhism including worship practices and reflecting on areas of faith in action in Sikhism.

After half term the children will learn about Rites of Passage for a Christian, Jew and Sikh and exploring responsibilities as children mature and grow up outside of a religion - How does growing up bring responsibilities?

Music – Heroes of Troy – the children will learn and perform songs relating to the topic on Ancient Greece.

In the second part of this term the children will take part in Bucket Drumming – using bucket drums to learn drumming techniques and creating rhythm patterns for songs to perform together.

French – Les Planetes – to fit in with our Science learning the children will be learning how to describe the planets in French.  In the second part of the term the children will focus on Les quatre saisons – they will learn weather and seasons vocabulary in French and create sentences.

 DT – During the first half term the children will have food technology lessons linked to their topic.  The will learn about and cook Greek food, this will include learning the importance of olives in ancient and modern Greek society, making a Greek salad and hummus and creating and cooking kebabs.

Art - In the second hald term the children will study art. with a focus on painting and colour for emotion, pointillism – looking at how colour affects our emotions and vice versa and learning the technique of pointillism to create a piece of art.

Computing – Basic skills and e safety – this first unit will focus on creating and organising work in folders, features of Word, using the internet safely socially and when searching for information.  After half term the children will have lesson on coding.

 Life Curriculum – As the children settle in to their new classes they will learn about rules, new beginnings and friendships – making new friends, rules in the classroom and school, bullying, police and the law and democracy.

 Later in the term the children will learn about Alcohol and safety – looking at the laws surrounding alcohol and how alcohol affects well-being and safety.