Eagles – Years Five and Six

Autumn Term in Eagles

Hello Eagles!

This half term we will be competing two themes. The first is ‘Location, Location, Location’. It is unit based around the local area, with a key focus on geography. We will be naming and locating counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, using the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and keys, using fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features in the local area and developing an understanding of why the place our school is located is like it is and how history has shaped it.

Our second unit is ‘I Have A Dream’. This is a thematic unit, based on issues of discrimination, with a key subject focus on history. Pupils will learn about the factors that contribute towards discrimination and why different groups have been stereotyped and, as a result, persecuted.

Our PE days are Tuesday (dance) and  Friday (swimming). On Tuesdays children will come into kit for their Street Dance sessions. On Fridays, they are able to come into school in their PE kit but must also have their swimming kits with them.

In maths, we are now focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. In fractions, we will be comparing and ordering; identifying and finding equivalent fractions; recognising and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions; as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. We will be reading, writing, ordering and comparing decimals as fractions, as well as rounding decimals. A key focus is recognising that per cent relates to ‘parts per 100’. Eagles will also be recalling and using equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts. We are also continuing our familiarity with the four operations as well as our previous number work.

In writing, we are creating a non-fiction, persuasive piece of writing using plastic pollution as the focus. Children will be collecting facts and information relating to plastic pollution and the damage it is causing. They will be thinking about they can do at home and at school to help with the issue. Eagles are focusing on using a range of accurate punctuation: commas and semi-colons in lists, accurate punctuation for parenthesis and fronted adverbials, as well as choosing meaningful language which is clear and adds to the meaning.

In Book Talk, we are continuing to develop fluency when reading aloud, taking the punctuation into account to understand the impact it has on the meaning. Eagles are ensuring they use direct reference to the text in their answers, using quotes which they explain using ‘IbW’ as a template for answering longer questions (I think … because … Which means …). We are now going to be completing short text extracts along side a new book which will start shortly.

Eagles are expected to read and record  5 home reads a week, complete their Mathletics work each week and ensure they have been on TTRockstars twice a week. I run a homework club on a Monday for children who will not be able to complete their work at home.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs Graham

mgraham@spaldwickschool.org.uk

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