Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Moore are thrilled to welcome you all into Kingfishers class and share our exciting plans for the year ahead. There is lots of learning to be done, but also a huge amount of fun to be had!
The Curriculum: Autumn 1
English: We will begin the year reading the novel Wonder; a thought-provoking tale which focuses upon the struggles of a young boy 'trying to fit in'. Many themes will be covered, including Prejudice, Self- Acceptance and Bullying. By the end of the scheme, children will have created their own diary entries and formal letters.
Throughout the year, there will be a great emphasis on the importance of reading for pleasure. We will regularly spend time in the library choosing and discussing books individually, whilst also immersing ourselves in novels that we share as a class.
Maths: This term begins looking at Place Value, building on previous knowledge. We will move on to a unit on number, developing our understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Geography: North America will be the focus of this term's Geography lessons and (amongst other activities), we will: locate continents and countries using maps; identify capital cities; analyse images in order to appreciate landscape diversity and differentiate between human and physical geographical features.
Note: Next term, we will switch to History with an in-depth exploration of the changing role of women throughout the years.
Science: On Thursdays, Kingfisher children will be exploring the topic of Light with Mr Jackson and studying E-Safety in ICT.
PE with Sinclair Sports will take place on Mondays and Fridays and this half-term they will take part in Athletics and Rounders.
Healthy Eating is basis for our PSHE studies this half-term. Pupils will learn about the side-effects of certain lifestyle choices, face dramatised scenarios and be encourage to consider both the long and short-term consequences of decisions. Next term, we will switch to an RE focus with a project centred around Inspirational People; pupils will explore people around the globe who have proved inspirational in their actions and approach. They will also be encouraged to identify people in their own lives and the behaviours that make these individuals such awe-provoking role-models.
Art, Design and Technology: The topic this half-term is Cityscapes. Pupils will appreciate and analyse the work of various artists and explore the genre of Pop Art. Charles Fazzini will be an artist which we will be paying particular attention to and pupils will create art in his style using a variety of techniques and materials.
Spanish lessons will take place every Friday with Miss. Lara. Pupils will be activiely engaged in speaking, listening and writing activities which will develop their skills of communication in this beautiful language.
Homework will be set weekly on a Friday and will be due every Wednesday. This will consist of CGP Revision Guides, alongside spellings.
Maths and English Practice
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
A site with links to Maths and English revision materials, including worksheets to look at online or to print off and practise with.
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used
Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts.
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.