This half term our topic is 'Space Race! ' and we will be answering the question,
"Will we always live on Earth?"
We are looking forward to starting our exciting new topic and for the challenges and learning experiences that the first part of this Summer term will bring.
In Literacy, we will be immersing ourselves in the stories of 'War of the Worlds' by H.G Wells and 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. We will be exploring the sci-fi genre and writing descriptions, first person narratives, short sci-fi narratives and scenes creating tension and suspense. We will also be writing non-chronological reports, balanced arguments, newspaper reports and persuasive texts.
In Maths, Year 6 will be exploring algebra, ratio and proportion and area, perimeter and volume. Year 5 will be looking at fractions and the properties of shapes.
In R.E we will reflect on this half term's value of 'forgiveness'. We will also ask the question, '' Creation and Science: conflicting or complementary? " and "Why do some people believe in God and some people do not? " using the Understanding Christianity unit of work.
In Science we will be investigating the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth, the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies and use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
In Geography we will locate the world's countries involved in the Space Race and the locations of the main Space Agencies. We will explore satellite imaging and its uses in everyday life. We will investigate how navigators used the stars and constellations to find their way around. We will also compare Lostwithiel to a town in Russia.
In History, we will explore the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A throughout the 1960s. We will find out about the mathematicians behind the moon landings and their links to the American Civil Rights Movement. We will also exploring the lives and work of some famous astronomers, e.g. Copernicus, Galileo and Stephen Hawking.
In Art, we will create artwork inspired by artist Peter Thorpe, explore the artwork of the War of the Worlds and creating planet inspired artwork. We will be creating our own rockets and solar system mobiles.
In PSHE, we will be investigating 'Being My Best'.
In Music, we will be listening to Jeff Wayne's soundtrack of 'The War of the Worlds', Holst's 'Planets Suite' and exploring 'Dancing in the Street' using Charanga.
Check out this page for photos below, showing all of the fantastic things we have been doing in our learning!
At home - your challenge is to continue working towards your next Reading Karate Band. Make sure you are also using Sum Dog, Spelling Shed, SPAG.com, Times Table Rockstars and preparing for your weekly spellings challenges! It is so important, now more than ever, that parents and teachers work together to ensure the children have the best education there is to offer!