Osprey Class 2023 - 2024
Welcome back everyone to another academic year and a special welcome to our new year sixes and year fives who make up Osprey class of 2024!
Please find below, our overview of what is happening this half-term for each subject. Please be aware that PE is on a Thursday afternoon and swimming for Year 5 and selected Year 6 on a Wednesday morning.
Weekly Homework Expectations for KS2 Children (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6)
Read 3 x weekly (more is always encouraged please) – Reading diaries to be signed to earn 10 minutes of Golden Time
TT Rockstars – The expectation is either to complete 3 x 3 minute sessions or 9 x 1 minute sessions over the course of the week.
Reading Diaries and TT Rockstars will be checked on: Thursdays
Spring 2 2024 - MTP - SPRING 2
Maths - In the latter half of this term, all the children will be revising fractions, decimals and learning about percentages. We will then move on to area and perimeter for everyone and Year 6 will then work on some algebra and Year 5 will look at statistics. Weekly arithmetic skills will still be practised and there will be maths assessments as the very end of term.
English - The focus on writing in the half-term will be persuasive writing and the children will work towards writing a persuasive speech based on a famous character. They will be given other opportunities for non-fiction writing such as interview questions, transcripts and writing a simple advert. Our Geography theme of 'Rivers' will link to the children's reading comprehension skills and we will continue to teach SPAG within the context of writing.
Science - Year 6 will be undertaking the final two sessions of their 'Electricity' unit before moving onto Evolution and Inheritance. Year 5 will be looking at 'Materials and their properties.' Science will incorporate both theory and scientific enquiry so the children are able to carry out investigations and experiments as well as learn the knowledge they require for the particular science topic.
Geography - The area we will be studying this half-term is 'Rivers.' We will be finding out about the features of rivers, the journey from source to mouth and comparing the River Thames with the River Brue and looking at the changes that have taken place over time. We will be visiting Bruton and walking part of the Brue's course and we are hoping to visit the art gallery there, which will link to our art unit of 'Housaki's wave.'
Computing This half-term is all about animation and we are going to be creating some stop-motion animations using the ipads. Children will learn the skills of decomposition and creating 'frames' for images. They will learn how to edit and improve their animations.
RE This term's focus for RE is Judaism and we will be recapping the synagoge and the general beliefs about this particular world religion. We then move on to holy scriptures, more specifically the Torah. Then we will look at Shema (prayer) and the festival of Simchat Torah.
Music This term we are focusing on the music of Benjamin Britten, an English conductor, composer and pianist. We will be studying 'A New Year Carol' and learning to sing and perform this piece. Alongside this, we will be appraising some of his other work and that of similar artists.
PSHE We are looking at citizenship in this half-term: Breaking the law, prejudice and discrimination, protecting the planet, contributing to the community, rights and responsibilities and finally learning about parliament and national democracy.
Spring 1 2024 - Spring 1 MTP
Maths - During this half of term, we will be continuing with fractions and while Year five will consolidate fractions further, Year 6 will move on to ratio and algebra. There will be regular practise of arithmetic skills for all children on a weekly basis.
English - This term, our focus will be 'writing to inform' and we will be finding features of formal writing. From this, we will be writing instructions, a non chronological report and linking to our Ancient Egypt theme by writing short biographies about Howard Carter. Our new class text also links to our history topic - 'The Red Pyramid' by Rick Riordan.
History - In the first half of this term, we are looking at the early 'Ancient Egyptian' civilisation and the key themes within this. We will learn about the significance of the River Nile, Egyptian daily life for different groups of people in society and the hierarchy within it; types of evidence that contribute to our understanding (Rosetta Stone, pyramids, hieroglyphics) and Howard Carter and his discovery of Tutankamun.
Science - Year 6 will continue with their topic of 'Light' and will look at refraction, reflection and colour spectrums. They will then move on to 'Electricity.' Year 5 will be learning all about Earth and space with Mr Jesshop.
Computing - This half term will be focusing primarily on creating music and sound within the programme of Scratch. We will also undertake some e-safety learning.
Spanish - As well as revising numbers, colours, days of the week, months and seasons, our main Spanish learning will be 'Los animales.' We will learn new vocabulary and build up our written skills, so we can write sentences and short paragraphs.