Aqua 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Aqua Class
We are a mixed Year 5/6 class who are taught by Mrs Lawton and Miss Watkins, supported by Mrs Chadwick, Mrs Inskip and Mr Richards.
This is what we will be learning about in the Spring term:
At Weston we follow a mastery approach to teaching mathematics using the resource ‘Power Maths’ to support learning. In order for children to access age related objectives, each child will be taught maths with their year group only. Year 5 children from Aqua class will work in Aqua class with Mrs Lawton. Year 6 children will be taught in Yellow class together with the other Year 6 children, by Mrs Bate and Mrs In- skip. All children will be working hard to extend and consolidate their understanding of place value and the number system. Furthermore they will be taught methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Focus will continue to be on children gaining confidence when explaining mathematical reasoning and applying their understanding of calculation to problem solving activities. Maths areas in focus this term include:
Number—Multiplication and Division; Number—Equivalent and Converting Fractions; Number—Adding and Subtracting Fractions; Number-Multiplying Fractions; Number-Decimals and Percentages.
We will develop our literacy skills across a range of genres and text types through the use of the following texts:
Fiction: Short! By Kevin Crossley Holland
Non-Fiction: Tuesday and Hurricane by David Wiesner
Poetry: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler
History: Leisure and Entertainment
Through the study of Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century, the class will look in depth about the rise in popularity of cinema. They will learn about how and why football became the nation's favourite sport, the social and cultural importance of the 'Swinging Sixties', why British holiday camps emerged and how television has impacted modern life. Children will also learn about how developments in 20th century technology can make life in this century easier.
Geography: Exploring Eastern Europe
Firstly, the children will learn about the countries of Europe. They will then look in more detail at some of the contrasting areas of eastern Europe, finding out about the landscape, climate and locations in each area. Children will bring together their learning about one area of eastern Europe and create information booklets to share what they have found out. In the final lesson of the unit, children will find out more about Chernobyl and its impact on eastern Europe and the rest of the world.
Art: Props and Backdrops
Coordinating with the upper Key Stage 2 performance, the children will design and create a range of props and backdrops to support and enhance the performances.
DT: Marbulous Structures
The children will be given opportunities to develop their understanding of more complex free-standing structures and how they can be strengthened and reinforced. Children will gain knowledge and understanding about how to join and shape materials. Children will then apply these skills, using an iterative design process, to create their marble runs. Finally, children will test and evaluate their marble runs against design criteria.
Computing: Radio Station
This term will enable children to use software and digital devices for recording sound. Based around the theme of a Radio Station, they will be encouraged to use a creative approach that includes interviewing, making adverts and using jingles. Other software will incorporated so children can write scripts and design additional advertising for their Radio Station. Opportunities will be included for children to present, listen, review and evaluate their own content as well as professional and commercial examples, plus those created by their peers.
Science: Earth and Space
Over the term, the children will learn about the Earth and its place in the Solar System. The children will study various spherical bodies (including the sun, Earth and moon); the planets and their movements in relation to the sun; geocentric vs heliocentric theories; night and day; and the movement of the moon.
Our focus this term is the church as a global and diverse faith and how beliefs are expressed through ritual, symbolism, artefacts and architecture. We will look at celebrations and important events: pilgrimages, Easter, resurrection, ascension and communion.
The children will learn to sing and play instruments to Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and various songs through the upper Key Stage 2 performance.
This will usually be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.
Presentation expectations are the same as those for classwork. At times, homework may be set on the learning platform or small projects will be given that will last over a longer period of time. Please remem- ber to access Times Tables Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Bug Club on a regular basis. The children are expected to read at home 5 times per week and record this in the home/school diaries.
Indoor sessions will take place on a Monday and will include dance and gymnastics. The children will need to wear their school PE kit: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt.
Outdoor games lessons, which include invasion games and target games, will be delivered on a Tuesday, depending upon weekly weather conditions. It is important that in addition to school PE kit, the children have pumps or trainers and a track suit in school AT ALL TIMES so that they are prepared for an outdoor lesson.
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