St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Literacy

In terms 5 and 6, we will be looking at the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ books by Cressida Cowell.

We will be using the story as inspiration for our own characters / dragons and settings and writing our own stories based on their adventures. We will write instructions as to how to care for our dragons, create descriptive poems and link our learning to our history based on the Vikings.

We will also be finding out about Cressida Cowell and writing biographies about her life.

Look at the website below to find out about the author and her books.

http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

Can you read more stories by this author and write a review for others to read? 

Writing instructions is further developed through Cookery sessions in which the children learn to cut vegetables using the bridge and claw methods. They make and eat their own vegetable couscous in our new kitchen classroom!

Descriptive writing will also be developed through a short movie clip title 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons.

In addition, we will be learning about Rainforests and undertaking persuasive writing. This links with our rainforest topic and also with our DT where we advertise our cereal bars. We will be using the 'Piano' short film to write a flashback story and develop our instruction writing.

Maths

In terms 5 and 6, the children learn about Measurements, Geometry and Statistics.  The children will continue to secure their arithmetical skills and we will revisit and review previously taught topics e.g. Number and Place Value, Fractions and Percentages etc!

Children should keep using Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars to help develop their confidence and fluency skills in maths.

Science

 

We will be learning about the properties of materials and finding out about solids, liquids and gases. We will be investigating how to separate materials and investigating different properties.

Use the web-link below to extend your learning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/

Later in the term, we will be finding out about living things and their habitats where we find out about the lifecycles of different animals/ insects/ amphibians.

History

This term we are concluding our learning about the Vikings and finding out about the Ancient Maya.

We will be looking at where they came from, why they came over to Britain and how they lived.

Can you find out about how they travelled, their homes and villages and what life was like during these times?

The following websites can be used for your research.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/who_were_the_vikings/

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/vikings.html 

Later in the Summer Term, we will be finding out about the Ancient Maya. Can you find out where they came from and the time they were at their most powerful?

Useful websites are:

Woodlands Junior School - The Vikings

BBC - The Vikings

Geography

In term 5, we will be finding out about Iceland and Scandinavia. We will be looking at the geographical features, climate and culture of these countries and developing our geographical skills.

Can you find Iceland on a world map?

Try to find out some of the key geographical features of this country.

In term 6, we will be finding out about rainforests to link with our topic on the Ancient Maya. Can you find out about the different layers?

Computing

In term 6, we will be using Lego WeDo to program a robot - this links to our Science work on lifecycles.

D.T. / Art

In DT during term 5, the children will develop their sewing skills and produce a 'Talking Textile' showing an image from the previously taught poem 'The Highwayman.  Also, in DT during term 6, the children will learn about and produce their own CAMS Toy.

For Art the children learn about the works of the English textile designer William Morris and the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. 

Outdoor and Indoor P.E:

In the Summer Term, we will be devloping our striking and fielding skills in cricket and rounders as well as our skills in Athletics. We will also be continuing to develop our gymnastics skills.

Seal:

In the Summer term we will be focusing on changes and puberty which is linked to our Science Life Cycles.

R.E:

In the Summer term, our topic is 'Beautiful World, Wonderful God.' The children will discuss and explore the beauty of the natural world, creation stories and reflect upon what is special and beautiful to them and how we can all protect the wonderful world around us.

French:

They will be continuing with their conversational skills and I know that French can be a very difficult subject for some, so practice always helps.

Mathletics:

The children will be continuing to undertake work on Mathletics which links to the topics being taught in maths lessons.