Welcome to our Year 5 and 6 Class Page.
Upper Key Stage 2 have had a wonderful start to the new school year. From art to the Stone Age, Christianity in RE to Classification in Science, all children have enjoyed and shown an eagerness to learn and reach their potential.
In History, we have been studying the fascinating period of the Stone Age. The children had the opportunity to become a real life ‘Indiana Jones’ by undertaking an archaeological dig to uncover ancient Stone Age artefacts using traditional techniques.
The pupils demonstrated their knowledge of this period by creating a Non-Chronological report on the preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae.
Pupils have had the opportunity to express their Stone Age knowledge through Literacy. Using the book ‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver as inspiration, Upper Key Stage 2 wrote exciting Neolithic narratives describing the Stone Age boy Torak’s terrifying encounter with a demon bear!
During PSHE, we have been learning about ‘Zones of Regulation’, and each pupil has created their own toolkit to assist them in their learning whilst developing strategies that will benefit them in future life.
The children have also been developing skills for the future, using their ICT skills to create an interactive app for our school. The pupils created a home app screen with hyperlinks to multiple pages that provided important information about our school.
In Science, pupils have been following in the footsteps of the famous scientist Carl Linnaeus by classifying living things into categories. The children had great fun classifying different sweets by their unique attributes and characteristics.
In addition, pupils also researched Charles Darwin and his discovered his theory of evolution, creating a factual timeline of his life
Also this term, Year 6 had the wonderful opportunity to take part in our yearly residential – Robinwood. Thirty-nine pupils and five teachers braved the testing weather conditions of the Tormorden moors, to demonstrate the values of teamwork, resilience and perseverance by undertaking thirteen amazing activities. Over three fun-filled days, pupils challenged themselves from scaling 6 metre climbing walls, caving through a maze of tight, dark tunnels to surviving the legendary Piranha pool! Not only did the pupils develop skills that will assist them over the upcoming terms, but also memories to last a lifetime.
Summer term 2021
This week, with the help of the Royal Armouries, Leeds, UKS2 were transported back to 1940 during WWII. The children were put through their paces as part of the Home Guard and then skilled as an ARP (Air Raid Precaution) warden. The pupils demonstrated their bravery by taking cover during an air raid siren drill and learnt how to stand to attention to defeat the invading Germany army. Well done soldiers!
Spring Term 2021
We studied the metal plaques made in ancient Benin. Our card copies of these are designed to represent the characteristics of the Oba (God-like ruler): we chose leopards as the king of beasts for clever hunting skills; pythons as the king of snakes to punish wrong-doers; and crocodiles for cunning fierce predation. The circles in our artwork symbolise the ongoing power of the Oba. We used layers of card to build a 3-D structure, painted this with bronze paint and then highlighted with metallic crayons
Easter egg design competition winners
Autumn Term 2020-2021
Class 5/6 Literacy
We wrote travel brochures to persuade people to visit the River Nile for river cruise: walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs; relax in the luxury spa; explore the ancient pyramids; or simply enjoy the five-star mouth-watering cuisine. We’d love to travel there, especially on a cold day like this one in Rothwell!
Y5-6 have been training as Junior Sports Leaders to lead their own activities, developing their teamwork and leadership skills.
Class 5 Literacy
Class 5 have been working in pairs to write their own winter setting description. They enjoyed ‘venturing’ through a portal to enter their own ‘Winter Wonderland’ based on their picture. As a class, the children guessed which picture reflected the setting description.
Thank You NHS
In Literacy we have written letters to the NHS to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the public during such a difficult time.
In our British values lesson this week, we discussed what democracy is, how the rule of law is enforced in Great Britain and what would happen if we did not have it. Next, we heard from both sides of the debate about free school meals for children out of term time. We then prepared for and against arguments for this debate. Finally, we held a class debate on the issue, sharing our views on the matter.
Literacy: We have been set the task to help Lower Key Stage 2 learn about volcanoes, so we will be creating a class book to share with years 3 and 4 explaining how volcanoes erupt. To help, we carried out and observed a science experiment to make own very own class volcano erupt!
In PE this half term we are training to become Junior Sports Leaders. Firstly, we need to decide what makes a good sports leader.
In Autumn 1 Year 5 and 6 have been studying artwork inspired by the vibrant colours and dancing shapes of Kenyan artist Gakonga.
MESSAGE from STARS team (autism specialist support service)
We know that changes to routine, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety of the situation can have a big impact for Autistic children and young people. Below are some links to information/resources that may help. Please share these with your colleagues and the parents/guardians of the children you support. Some of these may also be useful for other children and young people in your settings.
There are some resources/information to support children and young people with Autism available on the STARS website http://www.starsteam.org.uk/coronavirus-resources I have also attached some generic symbols that may be useful for parents/carers whilst children are at home. In addition to this the National Autistic society has some useful information and links: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.asp The NAS helpline remains open and could be a useful source of support for parents during the current unprecedented circumstances: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx Tel: 0808 800 4104 Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday 9am-3pm. The Leeds Community healthcare trust has some useful resources/information/links in its toolkit: https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/speech-and-language-therapy2/service-downloads/. There is some useful information and video clips to support with Intensive Interaction @ https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/
There are a number of teaching websites that are now free to use for all parents and children. They contain many ideas and activities for learning across the curriculum.