Scafell Y5/6

Welcome to Scafell Class

Scafell Class in Edinburgh February 2017

We are 20 year 5 and 6 children taught by Miss Dawson and Mrs Farraday.
This term, we will be starting our exciting journey into the world of Ancient Egypt in History and investigating materials in Science.  

Each week we will be venturing up to our Forest Schools area to learn a range of new skills in the outdoors and we restart our weekly swimming lessons at kendal Leisure Centre every Wednesday morning. 

Autumn Term Curriculum

Our curriculum this term involves:

Our curriculum this term involves:

Maths: This term we will be focusing on number. This will help consolidate knowledge and understanding of place value and the number system exploring large whole numbers, decimals and negative numbers. We will then go on to calculation using all four operations mentally and in writing. Towards the end of this term we will explore geometry; including 3D shape, coordinates and symmetry.

English: In English we will be starting with some imaginative poetry using similes, metaphors and alliteration. We will then move on to learning about ourselves and develop our skills to write our own auto-biographies. We will also link our writing with our topic work focusing on Ancient Egypt where we will be writing diary entries based on those of Howard Carter and his discovery of Tutankhamun; instructional texts such as ‘How to build a pyramid’; the process of mummification and newspaper reports.

We have two Guided Reading sessions per week and will continue working on spelling rules and patterns, handwriting, punctuation and grammar during morning tasks and English lessons. This term we will also be focusing on word classes; nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc. and developing our understanding of more complex punctuation such as semi-colons, apostrophes and colons.

Science: Properties and Changes of Materials: This topic involves discovering the properties of materials and the changes of substances (reversible and irreversible) using a variety of processes such as dissolving, burning, freezing, filtering etc. The topic also covers mixtures and how mixtures can be separated. A practical topic to get the scientific minds working!

Topic: Ancient Egypt. We will begin by locating Egypt on the map and discussing the countries historical timeline, comparing Egypt in the modern day to Ancient Egypt. We will discover who the people of the time were, their lifestyle and culture, beliefs and practices including Mummification!

PE: Swimming every Wednesday morning (beginning the second week of term) and PE with Mrs Craggs every Thursday afternoon; Invasion Games; Hockey first, followed by Netball.

Computing: This term we will be developing our skills to search safely and effectively online, complete web research challenges, check accuracy of information, update Wikipedia, design the next Apple product and develop a secure class webpage.

Music: Percussion and Composition (beginning Autumn Term 2). The children take part in a singing assembly every Wednesday and will enjoy practising for the Christmas performance. Yes…only 16 weeks away!

RE: Exploring this terms value of Respect and learning about Celebrations in different religions and cultures.

French: (beginning Autumn Term 2). Learning ‘All About Moi’, developing our language skills and knowledge.

Art: Inspired by Egypt. A creative Egyptian based topic using a variety of artistic techniques. We will also be focusing on the great work of Picasso which fits perfectly into our autobiography work for English.

PSHE: SEAL units – exploring ‘Good to be Me’ and ‘Say NO to Bullying’.  We will also be exploring the meaning of RESPECT and linking it to promoting British Values.

Forest Schools: We will also be learning a variety of skills in our woodland area through our activities starting next week.