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Griffin Class (Year 5 and 6)

Welcome to Griffin Class

On this page you will find information about Griffin class, including the homework set and  gentle reminders for up and coming events. 

Our latest week ahead sheet is here

This terms Key instant recall facts are here

Term 4 

 How is it term 4 already? 

 This term we will be continuing to look at the book Harry Miller's run and looking at how to write a variety of non- fiction texts, including a biography, play-script and commentary.. This book gives us lots of opportunities to write in a variety of styles of language and the children are 'reet pleased that they get the opportunity to write in dialect.

 We will continue with our focus on whole class reading and the texts we choose will reflect the areas we need to work on. Our comprehension focus are inference and summarising.

 In maths we will be focussing on the shape and and space elements of maths and measurement. 

 Our science is interdependence and adaptation and our art runs alongside this as we look at shade and tone, using Charles Darwin's drawing in the 'Origin of the Species' as our inspiration.

 

Maths English Science Art

Area

Perimeter

Negative number

minus

Compound shape

Rounding

Convert

Kilometer

fraction 

simplify

 

Language

Dashes

Hyphens

Brackets

Dialect

Stage direction

Setting

Character

Commentary 

 

Evolution

Charles Darwin

Adaptation

Inheritance

Genes

Tone 

Shade

Light

Dimension

 

World Book Day

 We always knew we were special super heroes, we now have the evidence.

Term 3

Welcome back from a slightly extended Christmas and New Year Holiday.

Mrs Moor joins our team this term and will be supporting us in our learning with Mrs Harrison.

 This terms learning is focused on Britain over time looking at how we find out about the Stone Age and Iron Age.

At the end of last term we sat PIXL assessments. These are focused assessments and allow us to gap analyse and find out exactly where our children's learning gaps are.  Most of these gaps, for Griffin class are common, and Mrs Smith will be working with some children on specific areas. Our maths this term will not follow the usual starting with number and will be focused on different areas. ( see Medium term plans below)

 In English we will be looking at the book 'Harry Miller's run' by David Almond. The children will be using this beautifully illustrated book to write diary entries, factual reports and persuasive pieces. We will be focusing on the drafting and editing processes.

Key dates

 24th January - 9am Griffin class assembly 

Key Vocabulary 

Maths  English Science Topic 

Translation

Reflection

Co-ordinates

Data

Mean

Mode

Median 

Range

algebra

Pictogram

Conversion

Mass

Area

Perimeter

Polygon

properties 

Non-chronological report

Antonym

Synonym

Colon

Semi- Colon

Informal/ formal speech

Apostrophes

Possession

Persuasion

Instructions

Discussion

Evolution

Charles Darwin

Adaptation

Inheritance

Genes

 

To be confirmed


Maths Medium Term plan

GPS Medium Term plan

Spellings overview

Maths KIRFS ( Key Instant Recall Facts) 

Term 2

28th November 2019 - Trip to Whitstable to see Invicta

Today we went to the Whitstable museum to see Invicta.

 Invicta was the first passenger steam engine. It ran from Canterbury to Whitstable on the Crab and Winkle line. Peter showed us round and we touched the engine, made sketches and completed the sheets that were made especially for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th November 2019 - Winter outdoors day 

 Today we went to the woods. This is our first winter session. Once we got over being cold, we enjoyed a range of activities including making fat balls, stick men, hot chocolate and collages. Of course we also climbed trees and made dens!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back from a busy half term.  This term we will be looking at a range of genres in English. Starting with the more Traditional Tales from the Just so Stories by Rudyard Kipling and ending with Ice Trap! A story about Shackleton's polar expedition, which will build upon the Year 6's knowledge from last year. 

 Maths this term is based on an analysis of our calculation paper we sat at the end of the term and the reasoning tests we will be sitting in the first week. On overview can be found here.

 Topic will continue to focus on the industrial revolution and how that relates to history and science.

Vocabulary 

Here is a list of the key vocabulary we will be learning this term

Science Maths English  Topic 

change

condense

crystal

dissolve

evaporate

filter

insoluble

mixture

physical change

residue

saturated

sediment

sieve

soluble

solution

solvent

substance

suspension

temperature

vapour

water

fraction

proper

improper

mixed number

numerator 

denominator

whole

convert

equivalent

simplify

decimals

percentage

vinculum

Genre

Non-chronological 

emotive language

caption

narrative

character development

historical time frame

journal

 

cast iron

steam

coal/coke

canal

railway

 19th September - Outdoor learning

 Today the class took all of our learning outside, we  learnt how to make fires, made frames from twigs lying around, made paracord bracelets, built shelters and learnt to tie life saving knots.

 

 

 

 

 

 16th September - Festival of Light Lantern making              

Today we had workshops on making willow and paper lanterns which can be used in the Sittingbourne Festival of light. Once these have dried we will store them until they are sent home. The lantern walk is on the 11th of October at 6:30pm.

A message from Mrs Haney and Mr Bull – Term 1

Welcome back to a new school year, we hope you had a wonderful summer. We are looking forward to looking and learning with you this term. Mrs Haney will be teaching in the mornings on Monday and Tuesday and Mr Bull throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Our topic until Christmas (first mention of the word) will be based around the Industrial Revolution. We will be researching about that time in history, how people lived, what impact it had on the world and what factors made this possible.

English this term will link closely to our topic. We will start with a book focussing on what it was like to be a child and poor in Victorian London.  Street Child, by Berlie Doherty follows the life of Jim an orphan as he makes his way through the workhouse, child labour and eventually meets a kind man, Barnie (Dr Banardo) who changes his life. We will then move on to looking at ‘The Just So Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling.

 

Spellings will be tested on a weekly basis, on a Friday we will initially be rehearsing the lower Key Stage 2 spellings and then moving on to learning different spelling rules. We are following the ‘No Nonsense’ scheme for spelling.

There will be an English homework each week which will be based on what we have been learning. This will be set on a Friday and is due back in on Wednesday.

 Maths will focus on the four operations, place value and their application. The children will have specific times tables to learn and will be tested on a Thursday or Friday.  Here are the Key recall facts we would expect a Year 5 or 6 to be learning.

P.E will be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sport is central to our curriculum. Andy will teach skills on Wednesday which we will practice with Trolls class on Monday. Rethea Coles will also be doing dance with us on a Friday.  Please ensure that P.E kits are in school on those days and any earrings are removed.

In Science this term we will be looking materials. 

 Parents

There will be parent meetings at regular intervals and appointments to speak with us on other occasions can be booked through the school office.

What to expect in Griffin class

Term 1 and 2 Spellings

Maths Key Instant Recall Fact Year 5 and 6