Upper Key Stage Two
Upper Key Stage Two
Year 5 is an important year for progress and independence in our children; a year to embed all of the knowledge learnt in Lower Key Stage 2; a year to start the preparations for transition to secondary school. This is often a year when children grow in maturity — sometimes even more so than in their final year in primary. They will gain greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in their learning. Children in Year 5 are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning: to do their homework, to pack their school bag, to remember their planners and equipment. As a result, they develop and grow. It is about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.
As with every other year, the government have set out statutory schemes of learning that must be taught in Year 5. There is an expected standard to reach by the end of the year and teachers will make assessments throughout the year to ensure they are on track to achieve the ‘expected standards’ for Maths and English and provide support and challenge for children.
In maths, there is an emphasis on fractions, decimals and percentages in this year. There is also an expectation that they will know all of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A strong understanding of their times tables, addition and subtraction facts is important in order for children to access these key areas of learning.
For English, new punctuation is introduced such as hyphens, semi-colons and colons. There is a greater emphasis on grammar features too, for example using modal verbs (these are words like would, could, might and must) and relative and embedded clauses within sentences. In Reading, children continue to read a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to develop their reading fluency and stamina. Novels studied include Room 13, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Brightstorm, alongside non-fiction which is relevant to the topics they enjoy.
There are some fantastic topics this year! Over the year, the children learn about various topics such as the geography of the USA, extreme weather types, Earth and Space and the Vikings.
In Year 6 we aspire to ensure that children’s learning is exciting, engaging, meaningful and challenging. We believe in high standards for all which we are then proud to share. Children are encouraged to be resilient, determined and independent so they are equipped with the necessary skills required for their future beyond Robin Hood.
For maths, the children learn how to reason and solve problems by drawing upon efficient formal methods; they are expected to be able to articulate their learning using mathematical vocabulary and are taught using a mastery curriculum where they are empowered to make connections and spot relationships between mathematical ideas.
With regards to English, Year 6 pupils at Robin Hood are taught how to use a full range of punctuation, to write with a variety of sentence structures, use powerful vocabulary and have generally accurate spelling of all words from the statutory word lists. Reading is at the heart of the curriculum in Year 6; specific skills are studied across all subjects in order to promote a vocabulary-rich diet and fluency when reading.
In Year 6 the children love our history topics. They learn about key events such as World War 2 which makes for some amazing cross-curricular learning involving art, drama, DT, music, geography and English writing activities. The children explore Ancient Maya and South American cultures too. The children in Year 6 are taught computing skills involving spreadsheets, coding and gaming whilst at the same time learning the importance of E-safety and online etiquette. Year 6 is the year where our children have violin lessons taught by a specialist music teacher from the YMES; children make a great deal of progress with music and by the end of the year are able to play this instrument to a high degree of accuracy.
In Science, when learning about evolution and inheritance, the children will get to look at dinosaurs, fossils, genetics, Darwin and so much more. Other topics include the circulatory system, microorganisms, and light and electricity. Children will carry out a variety of scientific investigations during all of these topics, building on the skills they have already acquired. Children love practical lessons and the opportunity to use scientific equipment.
Although the curriculum in Year 6 does include a degree of preparation for the end of Key Stage Two tests, we believe that the main importance of the curriculum in this year group is to provide the children with opportunities to make inspired independent choices, to be enabled to make progress and to learn vital skills that they will be able to use whilst making the transition to high school.