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WELCOME TO ROCKIES CLASS PAGE!

  • Our teacher is Mr Burd
  • Our teaching assistants are Mrs Howell, Mrs Shiels, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Iyer
  • Our Rights Respecting Schools Rep is Ryan
  • Our Eco Schools Rep is Connor
  • Our School Council Rep is Scarlett

Curriculum: Fantastic Beasts

Our topic for this term is Fantastic Beasts.

We will be learning to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping identify the countries of North and South America and to use geographical terminology to describe the location and characteristics of places across the Americas. Additionally, children will discover facts about the Maya

civilisation, explain who the Maya people were and when and where in the

world they lived, and be able to explain the religious beliefs of the Maya people.

Big Reading        

This year we will be working on small reading activities called Mini Missions in Big Reading. These Mini Missions will focus on key reading skills such as deduction, inference and understanding the writer’s viewpoint which will help you to answer comprehension questions at a much deeper level. You will read with an adult at least once a week focusing on key targets.  

We will be focussing on narratives which include wonderful descriptions of mythical beats.

                    

We do expect you to read at home every day and write it in your diaries which will be checked every Friday. Remember reading every day always earns stickers and a weekly reader’s award.

English

Linked to our Big Reading, we will be creating our own mythical creatures and writing descriptions of them. We will create our own field guide for our creatures and we will write a non-chronological report for a professional who is going to study our creature. 

History

We have chosen to learn about the Mayans this term as they will link to our Geography work when we explore South America. As historians we will:
-  discover facts about the Maya civilisation and explain who the Maya people were and when and where in the world they lived
- explain the religious beliefs of the Maya people
- discover how the Maya invented and used their calendars and number system
- use a range of evidence sources to help us understand more about the Maya civilisation
- explain what the Mayan writing system consists of, how words are constructed and what codices are
- describe a range of foods that were eaten by the ancient Maya people and explain why certain foods were particularly significant.
 

This BBC information page is full of interesting facts and useful links - BBC Intro to ancient Maya.

This Mayan fact page is full of information about daily life in ancient Maya.

Geography

- To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping identify the countries of North and South America
- To use geographical terminology to describe the location and characteristics of a range of places across the Americas
- To describe the climates and biomes of different regions across the Americas
- To identify similarities and differences in the human and physical geography of my local area and a region of North America.

COJO

We will be finding out about the life of Amelia Earhart who was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

In our missions we will:

-Learn how Amelia coped in a man's world. She worked alongside many men and was not considered equal so was often ignored.

-Build and test our own planes as Amelia did before setting off on her record-breaking, solo flight.

-Send ground-to-air signals back to our team in order to get the help we require.

-Discover what it was like to make repairs in mid-air by leaving the safety of our cockpits and making our way across the obstacle course to the other side in order to make the necessary alterations to the tip of the wing. The equipment required to repair the tip of the wing must be carefully carried from the cockpit to the damaged area.

-Find out what it was like to fly through a storm by following navigation instructions whilst wearing a blindfold.

 

 

 

Maths

  • Big Maths – daily focus on key number skills.
  • Shapes – We will be exploring the properties of circles.
  • Algebra – We will be exploring growing patterns to deepen our understanding of the link between sequences and algebraic formulas.
  • Financial maths and enterprise – We will be introduced to financial terms including income, expenses and budgets. Then through developing an Enterprise project, we will plan, market, make and sell a product. Evaluation after the project will support us to review how we have managed the project and how we could have improved the outcomes. 
  • Preparing for KS3 maths - we will finish the year by reflecting on ourselves as mathematicians. We will consider what we do well and how we approach mathematical problems. Furthermore, we will highlight information that we want our KS3 teacher to know about our mathematical learning and how best to support us.

Looking to boost your mental maths skills? These daily10 challenges are fab as you can select your level, topic and time intervals.

Scientific and Technological Understanding

We will be learning about evolution and inheritance this term. We will:

  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways
  • Identify how adaptation may lead to evolution by examining the theories of evolution constructed by Darwin and Wallace
  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations and the role of human intervention in the process of evolution.

Another useful BBC Bitesize information page - this one explains inheritance and adaptation.

RE

We will be discussing different ideas about God, discovering the role that suffering plays in different religions and talk about human's responsibility for our environment.       

Understanding the Arts

Art: We will be making flick books to show movement. We will also identify how movement is created in works by notable artists including Eadweard Muybridge and Emil Nolde. After this, we will create our own action pictures portraying a dance using pastels. Finally, we will experiment with collage and montage techniques to create the illusion of movement.

 

Understanding Physical Development, Health and Well-being

PE: In athletics, we will work on our starting technique and our speed in preparation for Sports Day.

PSHE 

In line with the rest of the school, our PSHE unit is called Relationships. We will work to:

  • identify the most significant people to be in my life so far
  • know some of the feelings we can have when someone dies or leaves
  • understand that there are different stages of grief and that there are different types of loss that cause people to grieve
  • recognise when people are trying to gain power or control
  • understand how technology can be used to try to gain power or control and I can use strategies to prevent this from happening
  • use technology positively and safely to communicate with my friends and family

Other subjects

Spanish: Linked to our geography work, we will be giving directions to different key places in some of the South American cities that we look at. 

Computing: In our Computing lessons, we will be creating our quizzes using Scratch which are linked to our maths learning.

Class charter

As part of being a Rights Respecting School, in Rockies we developed our own class charter agreeing rights we should be entitled to in school. We also agreed on a list of responsibilities that every person should follow.

Awards Page

 

Star of the Week

 

Mia

 

 

 

Star Reader

 

Ruby

 

 

 

Star Mathematician

 

Edilija

 

Lunchtime Star

 

Oakley

Homework

See Year 6 page for the homework.

If you have any questions regarding homework please do not hesitate to come to school and ask. If you are struggling with your homework, members of staff are available to help during break and lunch time and can help guide you.

Homework is due each Thursday and if left incomplete students will be asked to complete it during their free time in school. If students are struggling with their homework, they can work with Mr Burd during Thursday lunchtime.

We are often asked how children can be helped at home to prepare for their SATs tests. One popular method is to look through some old papers together. You can find a selection of these at the link below. Please do not try and do a whole test in one go - a couple of questions every so often is good enough!

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