Upper Key Stage Two

Upper Key Stage Two

Year 5

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 Malamander, The boy at the back of the Class and The Highwayman 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 Anglo-Saxons, changes to our local environment and the Vikings. In Science, we will learn about circle of life, forces and changes of materials


Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

It does not seem two minutes since the children were starting their school journey in Reception and here they are embarking on their final year at primary school. Year 6 is a challenging, yet incredible, year; it is perhaps best described as a rollercoaster ride with lots of highs and low. We believe in extremely high standards for all our children, which we are extremely proud to share throughout the year. We want to ensure our children are well equipped with the necessary skills to excel in their future beyond Robin Hood. Although a great deal of Year 6 is spent preparing for their SAT tests, and ensuring the children reach their very full potential, we strongly believe in a wide and varied curriculum, where children are inspired, learn and work independently, make progress in all areas and learn vital skills, which can be used in their transition up to high school.

In English this year, the children not only consolidate their KS2 learning but they learn how to use a much wider range of vocabulary (including colons, semi-colons, dashes and hyphens), sentence structure (subordinate clauses, relative clauses and simple and complex sentences) and improve their use of high-level vocabulary to ensure the reader is engaged in their writing. Throughout the year, we explore a range of writing genres and write for a wide range of purposes, often incorporating our class novels and topic learning. Reading is also very much at the heart of our Year 6 curriculum, where specific skills (VIPERS) are used to teach the key skills needed to be a successful reader and comprehender. Reading is taught daily through whole-class reading, where we focus on a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts across the year, including Holes (Louis Sachar), Swimming Against the Storm (Jess Butterworth), Cogheart (Peter Bunzl) and many, many more. Each day, a 'Class Novel' is read to the children for 15-20 minutes where we focus on reading for fluency and pleasure. We also explore a range of non-fiction texts linked to our wider-curriculum learning.

In Maths, the children recap and build upon their prior KS2 knowledge, focusing particularly on place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) in the autumn term via a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving tasks. From here, we explore fractions and their relationship to decimals and percentages whilst ensuring children can apply these key skills into a range of problem solving outcomes. The children also master measure, shape and algebra ready for their KS3 learning.

The children always love our science learning, where we learn about living things, light, electricity, the circulatory system and evolution and inheritance. Throughout our units, we try to ensure science is as investigative as possible; we allow children to predict hypotheses and explain their findings scientifically, building upon previously learned scientific skills.

We also explore and learn a range of history and geography topics, such as World War I and II; The Mayans; The Tudors; Protecting Our Environment; Our World in the Future and South America. These units lend themselves well to exploring amazing cross-curricular learning around art, drama and DT, where children learn to express themselves.

In Year 6, all children have weekly violin lessons taught by a music specialist from YMES; children make a great deal of progress with music and their playing abilities. They love to display their learning throughout the year!

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