Albury Year 5/6 class page
Welcome to Class 3
Class Teacher - Mrs Maskell
Art Teacher - Mrs Mackervoy
Cover teacher - Mrs Mac Leod
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Mulvey
Summer Term Curriculum
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Explore the characterisation and settings in the text and film of Howl's Moving Castle. Compare and contrast the two versions. Write film reviews and fantasy stories. Revise relative clauses and cohesive devices.
Persuasive Writing - Advertising and Influencing
Take a closer look at the persuasive language used by influencers and advertisers. Look at how degrees of possibility are created and the use of the subjunctive. Write persuasively and create blog posts.
Poems on a theme - Science
Be inspired by Philip Gross's wonderful collection of poems Dark Sky Park. Read, discuss and write poems about space, microscopic creatures, volcanoes and storms! Revise expanded noun phrases, colons and semi-colons along the way.
Short Stories - African Stories
Taking inspiration from Chasing the Sun, study what makes a great short story. Examine characterisation, setting, structure and story 'hooks'. Revise relative clauses and formal and informal language.
Reports - Re-wilding
Starting with Catherine Barr's stunning book, Fourteen Wolves, learn about re-wilding. Revise paragraphs, cohesive devices and active and passive voice. Research and write a report about the reintroduction of a UK species.
Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer! Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths. Power Maths rejects the notion that some people simply 'can't do' maths. Instead, it develops growth mindsets and encourages hard work, practice and a willingness to see mistakes as learning tools.
Year 5 pupils will be learning about:
Year 6 pupils will be learning about:
Welcome to Force-Land
A new theme park is in the planning process and you have been selected to join the development team. Explore a range of forces and mechanisms, and see if you can incorporate them into a number of theme park rides.
Survival of the Fittest
Take part in a series of challenges and explore which living things have survived in the game of life, evolving to keep one step ahead of the game. You will need to have your evolutionary wits about you and a keen eye for the survival of the fittest. Meet some evolutionary revolutionaries and use their approach to write your own Just So story.
In this unit, the children will learn about aspects of political, social and cultural Ancient Greek life. They will focus on some areas in depth, such as the systems of government, religion and the importance of the Olympic Games. They will examine the legacy of the Ancient Greeks, and will have opportunities for further study of areas of interest. While they will gain an overview of the time period, the main focus will be on the Classical period. Elements of the unit can also be used in a study of post-1066 British history and the legacy of Greek culture.
We will be starting to learn with our brand new, exciting Geogrpahy resources after February half term!
Make clear the connections between the text and what Christians believe about Jesus the Messiah. Show how Christians express their beliefs and weigh up how far the world needs a Messiah, expressing their own insight. The children should know that the Old Testament pieces together the story of the People of God.
We will continue to follow the 1 Decision scheme, and Deedee will help the children explore relationships this term, including Bullying, Friendship and Body Language.
This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: Make You Feel My Love. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Pop Ballads.
We will be continuing to learn Spanish with a focus on The Family or La Familia.
Art and Design
Art and Design
With our specialist Art teacher, Mrs Mackervoy, children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, space and form.
In PE this term, the children will be playing cricket, rounders and taking part in athletics.
Timetable Spring 2022
There is a two week rota for learning to be completed at home - one week the focus will be on English and Maths; the following week home learning will cover other foundation subjects, e.g. Science, History, Art etc.
Every pupil is expected to read at home daily for at least 10 minutes. We would encourage your child to read as many different genres as possible. Please sign the reading records to indicate that this has been done each day.
All children in Year 5 and 6 are given a selection of words to learn and practise at home. These can be found in their small blue spelling journals. Please, encourage your child to practise these regularly.
We would strongly encourage every child to practise their times tables regularly (at least 3 or 4 times per week) using Times Tables Rock Stars. There is a weekly tournament set up against our sister school (Puller) and every time you use TTRS, your score counts towards our school’s score!
Highlights of the term
Festival of Literature 2022
Class 3 pupils are really looking forward to The Bishop's Stortford Festival of Literature; even more than usual as this year. This is because we will be attending talks given by three authors whose books appear on our 100 Book Challenge: David Olusoga, Phil Earle and MG Leonard.
Class Reader -
When The Sky Falls by Phil Earle
As the Second World War escalates and bombs start to fall, Joseph is charged with protecting Adonis the gorilla in this nerve-shreddingly tense thriller based on a true story.
Inspired by a true story. It's 1940, and Joseph has been packed off to stay with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no great fondness for children. To Joseph's amazement, she owns the rundown city zoo where Joseph meets Adonis, a huge silverback gorilla. Adonis is ferociously strong and dangerous, but Joseph finds he has an affinity with the lonely beast. But when the bombs begin to fall, it is up to Joseph to guard Adonis's cage should it be damaged by a blast. Will Joseph be ready to pull the trigger if it comes to it?
Class 3's 100 Books Challenge
Mrs Maskell has set her pupils an ambitious challenge this year: 100 books to try and read before they leave Year 6. These books are supplementary to the usual school reading books and have been chosen because they are either classic "must-reads" for children or new and exciting publications; all of which are of the highest quality.
Some brand new additions to our bookshelves are below:
Mrs Maskell has already read each of these new titles and highly recommends them all!
River Rib Educational Visit 11th October 2021
Class 3 pupils had a "splashing" time on their educational visit to the River Rib. Experts from The Friends of the Rib and Quin led a wonderful afternoon devoted to examing the health of this nearby chalk river. The children learned about the plant and animal life found in the river and even examined a few species. We learned about possible pollution, the health of the river, why it is so important and we also found lots of treasures on the river bed. We certainly had lots of fun!
Click here to find out more about what The Friends of the Rib and Quin do.
Road Dahl Day 21st October 2021
The children had lots of fun dressing up as character's from Roald Dahl's much-loved story James and The Giant Peach.
DT Drop Down Day - Puppets
We had such a great time, researching, designing, making and evaluating our very own puppets. All the children wanted to challenge themselves to make a highly technical marionette, complete with hand-stitched clothes.