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Class Teachers: Christine Grainge and Nicky Costin (Wednesday)
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Nicky Costin
Summer Term Curriculum
Unit 12 – Decimals This unit is important because it applies the formal methods of addition and subtraction to numbers with up to three decimal places.
Unit 13 - Geometry – properties of shapes (1). Many children find the protractor a difficult tool to master, so it is important that they practice in a meaningful context.
Unit 14 - Geometry – properties of shapes (2) This builds on the previous unit of using rulers and protractors to identify angles and properties of shapes, helping children to practise and hone these new key skills.
Unit 15 - Geometry – position and direction We learn about the position and orientation of shapes and how to reflect and translate points and shapes efficiently using coordinates.
Unit 16 - Measure – converting units
This is a very practical unit in the sense that the skills children learn will be clearly applicable to real-life measurement situations and many of the problems will be ones they will face at some point in life.
Unit 17- Measure – volume and capacity
Until now, children will have been able to say whether a shape is longer or shorter, wider or narrower, and will have been able to measure a shape’s length, width and area. However, this unit now provides them with the tools to measure the amount of space taken up by an object.
Unit 11 - Measure – perimeter, area and volume
This unit provides children with opportunities to explore the relationship between the area and perimeter of different 2D shapes. Children generate the formulae for the area of triangles and parallelograms and the volume of cubes and cuboids and use them to calculate areas, volumes and missing lengths.
Unit 12 – Ratio and proportion
This unit introduces children to the concept of ratio and proportion. Children will learn to recognise, describe and compare ratios and will represent them in different ways. They will learn how to use ratio notation to record and interpret ratios and will develop an understanding of how ratios relate to fractions.
Unit 13 - Geometry – properties of shapes
This unit is important since it further develops children’s understanding of properties of shapes drawing on a range of skills including using a protractor, angles in shapes, and applying knowledge of shape properties to accurately draw them.
Unit 14 - Problem solving
This unit draws on the extensive range of skills and knowledge acquired by children during Year 6, as well as building on learning from previous years, to solve problems about number, measurement and geometry. The emphasis is on reasoning and selecting appropriate methods, providing appropriate revision for end of key stage assessments.
Children start the day with a reading focus which also covers the skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is followed by a writing lesson which covers a number of key genres and has been designed to inspire children through rich and diverse texts which are current and relevant to the world around them. In order to ensure the curriculum fully matches the needs of all our children, we draw upon teaching aspects from a number of core partners: The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), Hamilton Trust (HT), Herts for Learning (HfL) and The Literacy Shed. This term we focus on the core texts— ‘Hermelin - The Mouse Detective’ (fiction), ‘All Aboard The Discovery Express’ (non-fiction) and ‘The Highwayman’ (poetry). Of course, all children will continue to read a selection of titles from our 100 books recommended reading list.
1st half term - Electric Art We will imagine that the National Sensory Art Association (NSAA) has asked us to create an electric art installation for a sensory garden exhibition. Take a lucky dip and find out your specific theme, while following the brief to use motors, switches, bulbs and buzzers to make your art a stand-out choice for display!
2nd half term - Revision Block Use your knowledge from across the year to embrace a series of medical challenges from the Wellfordbury Hospital and see if you can help improve people’s lives and the work of our health service. Explore possible approaches to help people recovering from or living with medical conditions, and investigate how understanding insect life cycles can help control certain diseases. Investigate and select the right materials for certain medical equipment as well as designing electrical and lighting systems to help with medical procedures. Test out your computing skills along the way and create your own blog to record your experiences.
Suggested family trip—Science Museum
1st Half Summer —Year A— The Changing Role Of Women
Children will find out about the varying roles and rights of women in ancient civilisations and go on to explore women’s positions in medieval and Renaissance Britain, specifically the law of coverture and the many legal and social restrictions on women. They will then find out about women’s lives between the 17th and 19th centuries, looking at some of the first rumblings of feminism. They will then find out about the changes in society that were brought about by the Industrial Revolution and look at the strict social etiquette rules that Victorian women had to abide by. Importantly, pupils will be introduced to the women’s suffrage movement, and the suffragettes and other women who campaigned in different ways for women’s right to vote. They will find out about some specific women and events, and the effect the women’s suffrage movement had on society. They also go on to finding out what happened when WW1 broke out and how it affected the roles, rights and responsibilities of women. They will find out when and how women finally achieved the right to vote and explore how the war changed women’s position in society.
2nd Half Summer—Year A—Local Area
We will be looking at the human and physical geography of our local area. Using local maps, we will explore land use and other physical features such as rivers and woodland. Weather and climate will also be investigated. We will also be investigating the jobs that the local area has to offer and different types of settlements nearby. You can expect lots of local area visits during this topic.
Buddhism We will be starting by finding out about the life of Buddha and how the religion started. We will investigate Buddhist symbols, how Buddhists worship and the life of Buddhist monks. We will also find out about hoe the “Eight-Fold Path” is so important to Buddhists and how by following this, they aim to achieve enlightenment. We will explore the “Four Noble Truths” and the “Three Marks of Existence” and their significance for people of that faith.
1st Half Summer—Computer safety - Image sharing and staying safe online- students will learn about the benefits of rationing time spent online and the importance of keeping personal information private. A world without judgement– British Values - Children will also learn about the importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from them .
2nd Half Spring—First Aid, Basic Life Support - Children will learn how to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services if necessary and about the concepts of basic first-aid. Growing and Changing, Conception (year 6 only) - will learn key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body, particularly from age 9 through to age 11, including physical and emotional changes. We will also be learning about menstrual wellbeing including the key facts about the menstrual cycle.
1st Half Term - Words, Meaning & Expression- We will be learning how to sing and play instruments to the songs: Look into the night, Breathe and Keeping Time.
2nd Half Term : Identifying Important Musical Elements- We will be learning how to sing and play instruments to the songs: You and me, A bright sunny day and You belong with me.
Both units of work celebrate a wide range of musical styles. The clearly sequenced lessons support the key areas of the English Model Music Curriculum; Listening, Singing, Playing Composing and Performing.
MFL - Spanish
MFL - Spanish
First Half Term- At School -Introduction of vocabulary for ten school subjects. Expressing an opinion on school subjects and class survey. An introduction to telling the time in Spanish.
2nd Half Term - At the Weekend - Telling the time in detail. Ten complex phrases describing weekend activities.
1st half term– Coding- In this unit, pupils will: represent a program design and algorithm; create a program that simulates a physical system using decomposition; explore string and text variable types so that the most appropriate can be used in programs; use the Launch command in 2Code Gorilla and program a playable game with timers and scorepad.
2nd half term– 3D Modelling- In this unit, pupils will: be introduced to 2Design and Make and the skills of computer aided design; explore the effect of moving points when designing; understand designing for a purpose and understand printing and making.
Art & Design
Art & Design
In Design Technology, we will be learning about Fashion & Textiles.
Fashion and Textiles Children will discover how some natural and synthetic textiles are produced, and consider their uses in clothing. Children will learn about the work of fashion designers, then discover some ways in which textiles may be joined and decorated, practising hand sewing stitches. Children will learn how design features of pattern pieces are transferred to fabric. Children will learn how to pin and hand-sew fabric pieces together, sew pieces they cut out and marked previously, to design and make a simple fabric container. Children will learn how to finish a hand-sewn product, then finish sewing and decorating their own bag designs, or decorate old clothes using a variety of techniques.
We suggest that full PE kit be brought into school on Mondays and take home on Fridays. PE kits consist of: school PE shirt, school PE hoodie, black shorts/leggings/joggers, trainers.
1st half term– Netball - children will learn many skills including: sending & receiving, dribbling, space, attacking and defending. Tennis - children will learn a range of shots, how to serve and rally and how to develop their footwork.
2nd half term– Athletics – Children will continue developing on their skills in running: apply fluency and co-ordination. Jumping: explore technique and rhythm in the triple jump. Develop power and control. Throwing: Develop technique and power in javelin and shot put. OAA– Problem solving: explore tactical planning within a team to overcome increasingly challenging tasks . We will also build on navigational skills and communication.
Summer 2023 Timetable
100 Book Challenge!
"Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life, outside of an education. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones who are most likely to fulfil their ambitions. ''If your child reads, they will succeed – it’s that simple.” Bali Rai
Oak class are promoting reading for pleasure by challenging our pupils to enjoy reading our list of 100 books, which we have at least one copy each at school and hopefully by the time they leave Puller Memorial they will have read all or some of these fantastic books!
Homework will be set on a Thursday and handed back in on the following Thursday.
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. 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 (Albury) and every time you use TTRS, your score counts towards our school’s score!
Home learning links
Trips & Visits
Wednesday 5th July 2023 Whole School Trip to Walton- On -The-Naze - £20 approx.
w/c 12th June 2023 Activities Week - £100 approx. for Y5 and £125 approx. for Y6 (due to different activities for each year group)