Kestrels 2018 - 2019

Miss Byrne



This term, the year 5/6 topic is:


It is a fun-packed topic which we are really looking forward to exploring with you!

Throughout the term, the children will be diving into the works of William Shakespeare. We will be reading plays and stories appropriately adapted for KS2 children. The children will be improving upon their descriptive writing and reporting ability, using his plays as a stimulus. The children will also be developing their speaking and listening skills, through plenty of chances for role-play; being creative and confident through improvisation; and creating their own short plays. The children will use the works of Shakespeare to support in creating their own poetry, and performing their own composition to the class.

As part of this topic, children will have the opportunity to study Tudor style food.  Their maths mission will then be to create their own savoury dish inspired by the Tudors.  Children will use conversions from lbs to grams and develop their understanding of the different food groups.  The meals created must be representative of a balanced diet.

The focus within this term's STEM mission will be using Coding.  Children will be creating their own Sphero chariots to be used in a jousting tournament.  The children will programme the Spheros to follow a given path, using their skills of tinkering and debugging alongside creating complex algorithms.

In our main science sessions, children will be looking at the life cycles of animals, identifying the differences and similarities between the life cycles of amphibians and insects, mammals and birds. In addition, we will complete a unit of work covering changes in materials.  During these sessions, children will develop their understanding of solids, liquids and gases and have many opportunities to take part in investigations into solubility, separation, mixing, heating, burning, rusting and oxidisation.  Children will learn about reversible and irreversible changes.

Whilst learning about the Tudor period, in Challenge sessions, children will complete in-depth studies into:  how Tudors came to control England; Henry VIII and his wives; changes to the church over the Tudor era; Tudor politics;  cultural changes- music, sport, theatre, literature, clothing, society and economics; military; and  monarchs. Children will have the opportunity to use I-Movie to create trailers for the Shakespeare plays that they study.  In addition, they will be creating costumes, decoration and props for the Tudor Banquet and will learn to use a  variety of stitches to create Tudor roses.

During our creativity sessions, the children will learn about what makes a good performance.  They will develop their own skills in speaking in acting in order to perform short Shakespeare scenes to the rest of the class and at the Tudor Banquet evening.  We will also be considering various artistic interpretations of historic and contemporary drawings of Henry Viii and his wives, alongside developing our own drawing skills within 2D representations of 3D objects.  The children will also have the opportunity to learn about common instruments of the Tudor period, before creating our own musical tunes.

Throughout our individuality sessions this term, children will learn about the foods eaten and available throughout the Tudor period. They will research about the differences in food between classes and discover recipes that were important during this time. Children will also look at traditional Tudor dancing before choreographing their own Tudor inspired dance routines to share at our Tudor banquet.

During our community sessions, the children will consider changes to religions in the United Kingdom during the Tudor period.  We will identify similarities and differences within the religions and how the changes in the monarchs impacted on the people living with the UK.  Through a home-learning project, we will study the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake.  In school we will then be considering how explorers navigated during their travels and how world maps changed.  The impacts on exploration will investigated;  both positive and negative.  


To support the children's learning at home, please access these free websites;

Timestable Rockstars

Top Maths

Mini Maths Challenges

Literacy Shed

SPaG Games

SPaG Games 2

Reading Eggspress

Maths Booster Site

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Wheelock Primary School

Crewe Road
CW11 4PY

Tel: 01270 845911


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