This half term our topic is 'Grimm and Gruesome' and we will be answering the question,
'Are fairy tales appropriate for today's society?'
We are looking forward to starting our exciting new topic and for the challenges and learning experiences that the second part of this Spring term will bring.
In Literacy, we will be immersing ourselves in fairy tales, the darker, the better! We will be reading 'The Day I Fell into a Fairy tale' by Ben Miller as our class text. We will be exploring the key themes of a classic fairy tale and assessing whether they are appropriate for today's society. We will be using clips from Maleficent, Revolting Rhymes, Alice in Wonderland and Into the Woods to inspire our writing. We will be exploring the fairy tales from the villain's perspective and deciding if they really were to blame. Using the Talk 4 Writing approach, we will write character descriptions, setting descriptions, first person narratives, playscripts, persuasive texts, balanced arguments and newspaper reports.
In Maths, Year 6 will be exploring percentages, plotting coordinates, translation and reflection of shapes and ratio and proportion. Year 5 will be looking multiplying 4-digit numbers by 1 or 2 digits and dividing a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number as well as fractions.
In R.E we will reflect on this half term's value of 'kindness'. We will also ask the question, 'What kind of King was Jesus?' using the Understanding Christianity unit of work. We will also be getting ready for Easter.
In Science we will be exploring flowering plant reproduction, ways that plants produce, insect, amphibian, mammalian and bird life cycles and life cycles around the world.
In Geography we will locate the origins of fairy tales around the world, use 4 and 6 figure grid references and interpreting symbols and keys, including the use of ordnance survey maps.
In History, we will explore Crime and Punishment in Britain from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day.
In Art, we will create forest landscapes, eerie silhouettes, mixed media sweet houses, mixed media flowers, book covers and puppets.
In PSHE, we will be investigating 'rights and responsibilities'.
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!