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Year 5 and 6 - Our Learning


For our Year 6 children, we need to focus on being ready for our SPAG test, we need to be secure in identifying different word classes and be able to use them within our own sentences. We also need to use various punctuation marks to punctuate sentences accurately.

Both Year 5 and Year 6 children will be focusing heavily on their writing for different purposes. We need to show that we are confident in using grammatical features that are appropriate for the text, also ensuring that our sentences are punctuated clearly in order to help the reader.

We will be working hard on our reading and understanding of texts. In class, we will be focusing on answering various questions- with a specific focus on inference and vocabulary questions.

As part of our ongoing spelling work, we will continue with weekly spelling rules form the Twinkl scheme of work and working hard to secure each rule ready for our weekly tests.





In Maths, both Year 5 and 6 will continue to work hard on developing their mental arithmetic skills. We will focus on using skills we are secure in to help us work out new challenges.

In line with our Maths scheme of work, we will be working on area and perimeter, statistics and data. One of our main areas for us to focus on will be investigating shape, using properties of shape to help us solve puzzles and problems.

We will also be investigating angles, position and direction. In this unit, we will look at coordinates, translation and reflection of shapes according to instructions given.

Throughout the term, our focus on securing times tables and rapid recall facts such as doubles, halves, multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 will help us find answers to challenging questions. Please focus on any times tables you are not sure on at home to help you apply these facts in your class work.



This Term, we will learn about:

In Science this term, we will be focusing on Light and Electricity. We will recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines and therefore we can explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes.

We will carry out several experiments that investigate how light travels such as investigating refraction of light in water and how colours are created.

When we move on to Electricity, we will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram by observing and explaining the effect of different volts in a circuit. We will plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.

Throughout the summer term in Science, we will develop our scientific enquiry skills through investigations and discussing reasons as to why things happen. We will try our best to use the right vocabulary when describing our observations and also make predictions and draw conclusions.



History and Geography

In History this term, we will focus on the Maya civilisation. We will look at their society and the roles of people within this society. We will explore the religious beliefs and what the afterlife meant at the time.

As part of the topic, we will also explore the Maya number system and how they communicated through writing symbols.

In Geography, we will look at The Americas:  we will locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia), North, and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities   

We will describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle

To add to this, we will make comparisons between a region of the United Kingdom and a region within North or South America in order to discover similarities and differences.



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