Class Four – Years 5 & 6


Welcome to Class Four

We are a class of year 5 and 6 children taught by Mr Dean. Additional teaching is provided by Mrs Farraday.

Our class email address is: class4@levens.cumbria.sch.uk - please feel free to contact us with any questions you have and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Any urgent enquiries or drop-off & pick up arrangements must be sent to office@levens.cumbria.sch.uk as the class inbox is not monitored during teaching time.

Home Learning Information

Homework:

Homework will be set and checked each Friday - it must be submitted by Friday morning unless otherwise specified. Pupils who do not have their homework in school by the deadline will be required to complete it during their break time, or complete alternative work. This includes homework which has been completed but left at home. I recommend bringing it in on Thursday just in case! Each student has a blue homework diary where they record what they need to do each week - there will usually be a maths, English and ‘topic’ task. 

Spellings follow a slightly different timetable, being tested and set on a Wednesday. Students will be taught a range of strategies for learning their spellings but please do help them to practise at home. Little and often is the key! 

Online learning Links:

- TTRockstars - We use TTRockstars in school to practise our times tables. Practising little and often is the key to success!

- IDL - To improve spelling, students have opportunities in school to use the IDL application. This can also be accessed from home if needed.

Forgotten your login information? Login information for the services above can usually be found inside a student's home learning diary. If you have lost or forgotten your username or password, please let us know as soon as you can and we will be able to reset it for you.

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Larger versions of this information for Instagram & Twitter can be found here. For the information on TikTok, click here.

Curriculum information 

Maths this term starts with a focus on place value, examining the structure of numbers up to 1 million and beyond! This includes partitioning, rounding and the use of negative numbers. Building on this foundation, we will then move on to applying the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. At the end of the term, we will introduce fractions, exploring fraction equivalence, mixed numbers and improper fractions. 

English has a focus on our class novel ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’. This gripping novel explores the refugee crisis and will inspire a range of writing including narratives, persuasive writing and a book review. Further to this, our learning in the wider curriculum will inspire instructional and informative non-fiction writing. Core learning in SPaG is interwoven throughout, as well being covered in standalone sessions focusing initially on word classes. 

Guided reading is divided by year group, with year 5 being taught by Mr Dean and year 6 being taught by Mrs Farraday. We begin the year by reading carefully selected novels: ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes for Year 5 and ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher for year 6. This will be supplemented with an additional focus on fluency where required. 

Our Science topic this term is Earth and Space. We take a deep dive into the solar system, learning how the Earth, other planets and the moon move in relation to each other causing the day and night cycle as seen from Earth. This merges into later work on forces, as our studies of gravity give way to other forces such as friction, water and air resistance. 

Geography applies our science knowledge of the day and night cycle to explore time zones and different areas on the globe, such as the equator, tropics and hemispheres. We then deepen this understanding using maps and atlases to identify different human and physical characteristics of the world. This is brought into focus by comparing the River Nile and Suez Canal, hinting at history topics to come! 

Art is divided into three units for Autumn term. The first is an exploration of the use of mixed media, which will feed into the creation of portraits. Further to this, the Italian renaissance painter Raphael is used as inspiration for a focus on the use of perspective. Finally, we explore the work of Jacob Laurence and David Fodvari as we study the use of art as a message. 

Design and Technology continues to be condensed into an end-of-term project. In Autumn, we will be designing and making waistcoats in textiles and making automata toys as an exploration of mechanical systems. 

Music has two units this term: ‘how does music bring us together?’ in which we develop melodic phrases and ‘how does music teach us about our community?’ where notation is explored. 

P.E. begins with swimming coaching led by the team at Kendal pool. Alongside this we have a dance unit in which we will create an interpretive dance inspired by our work in English on refugees. After half term, we get stuck in to two different ‘invasion’ games: handball and netball, learning the rules of each and developing our skills. 

R.E. this term initially studies the Bible in depth, drawing parallels between the importance of the Bible to Christians and holy books of other religions. Towards the end of the term we begin to look forward to Christmas, developing perceptions of Christmas celebrations beyond our own personal experiences. Our Christian Value for this term is forgiveness. 

SCARF explores relationships in the first half of the term, exploring the features of a strong, healthy friendship as well as how to be polite but assertive when the situation calls for it. The second unit of the term looks at rights and responsibilities, leading up to exploring democracy in Britain. 

Computing will focus on using databases and spreadsheets to control and manage information. 

French first revises and builds on key vocabulary to structure a conversation, before learning how to describe the weather and different musical instruments.