We will be focusing largely on geometry, looking at angles, translation and reflection as well as 3D shapes and nets. In addition we will investigate ratio and consolidate arithmetic skills. We will be using resources from Power Maths and White Rose Maths to support the children with developing their reasoning and problem solving skills. We will be investigating using ratio, coordinates and scaling.
In Literacy we will begin by exploring the book written by JK Rowling as the fictional magi zoologist, Newt Scamander. Using the structure and language of the book, the class will be creating their own magical creature that they will then write an information report in the style of Newt, documenting the details about their fantastic beast.
Secondly we will look at The tales of Beedle the Bard, a wizard book of fairy tales and explore the Tale of the Three Brothers. We will discuss how fairy tales often have morals and consequences for actions. Using the structure of the Tale of the Three Brothers, the class will write their own fairy tale with a moral.
We will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling as our class novel. I am hoping to be able to complete the book with a blend of my reading and the audible book, read by Stephen Fry. This was the book that launched the Wizarding World Universe and is a great introduction to Harry Potter and fantasy writing for the class. Alongside the novel, we will read extracts of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them as a 'non-fiction' text.
We will continue to use our reading board to discuss and explore the books and investigate some of the topics that arise in the stories as they progress. We have a zoom visit with last term's author, Jennifer Killick (Crater Lake) in July and we will send questions to JK Rowling, although it remains to be seen if she will contact us back.
Our topic is Departing from Platform 9 3/4 where we will be exploring the many aspects of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts (The Wizarding World). We will explore fantasy and fairy tale and what the appeal of these types of books and films are for our society. In addition we will be learning to play 'Muggle Quidditch' in PE along with athletics for the summer term.
In art we will be making clay sculptures of dragon eyes that the children will design and create using sculpting techniques. We will also be building on sketching techniques to add scientific diagrams to our literacy writing on Fantastic Beasts.
In geography we will be building on our knowledge of maps to learn how to create sketch maps and look to create a sketch map of St Tudy school and surrounding area in the style of The Marauders' Map.
We will be using our Music curriculum guide, Charanga to support musical development, as well as beginning to rehearse songs and scripts for our end of term play, Pirates of the Curry Bean.
Both year groups will be looking at animals and their habitats.
Year 5 will be focusing on what are the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, insect, amphibian and a bird, and how do some plants and animals reproduce.
Year 6 will be focusing on how living things including plants and animals are classified into broad groups and what reasons could be given for classifying animals and plants based on specific characteristics.
In RE, we will be exploring why some people believe in God and others do not, examining the beliefs of humanists, agnostics and atheists and comparing this to theists. Later in the term we will be looking at the Muslim faith, what Muslims believe and how they practise their beliefs in their daily lives. Our school value this term is Justice.
Books and nurturing a love of reading are my passions!
This year I have created a Class Novel board, which the children will add to as we read through the book, exploring characters, themes and plots. In our room is the book trolley which has the phrase, 'Reading is a Passport to Countless adventures' so I have sessions for the children to discover and read books for pleasure, rather than books they have to read to me or have work set on. I would like to inspire and encourage a genuine love of reading and exploring different personal choices is crucial to discovering what they enjoy.
In class we will be creating book reviews in a scrapbook that the children will add to in a creative style to provide a resource for each other and any future children who come into class three.
We will also be setting up Accelerated Reader to support the progression and development of the children's reading in school.