Willow Class

Year 5 & 6 Autumn Term 2018

The children have settled well into life in Willow Class and seem prepared for the challenges that a new year group and term will no doubt bring! This term, we continue our cross-curricular approach to learning and will focus predominantly on World War II. We hope to visit Bovington Tank Museum to make some of learning more meaningful and give it real context. Details will follow. Already the children seem enthused about this topic and if you feel that as a parent/carer, you have any expertise or skills associated with this theme, please feel free to come in and share it! PE will take place on Mondays when children will need warm, outdoor PE kit. Despite this however, please ensure that children have their PE kits in school at all times. This will give us the flexibility to tackle any changes in timetable that might result from the unpredictable weather! Earrings must be removed for all aspects of PE. Swimming will commence after half-term. Please ensure that your child has a school book bag. Unfortunately, we cannot allow rucksacks or backpacks any longer (except for swimming and trips) – space in school is at a premium!

Homework Expectations for Willow Class:
* 20 minutes reading daily
* Spelling homework weekly – issued Thursday, tested the following Thursday
* 20 minutes of English homework weekly – issued Monday, due Thursday
* 20 minutes of Maths homework weekly – issued Thursday, due Monday
* Optional Topic or Science homework may be set at the teacher’s discretion. Please note that the timings are approximate.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s education, please do not hesitate to come and see me.


We follow the New Curriculum for English including work on features of fiction and non-fiction texts, comprehension activities and spelling, punctuation and grammar work.
We will look specifically at the works of Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman, David Wiesner and Charles Dickens

Maths topics include: place value, written calculation methods, decimals and fractions, 2 and 3D shape and angles, measurements and written multiplication, mixed calculations and word problems, along with application of skills acquired.

The Solar System
Children will describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system, consider the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies. They will use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky
Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.
They use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

History WWII
World War Two in Europe – The Battle of Britain, the rise of the Nazis, D Day and the Diary of Anne Frank
How did WWII impact our locality?

Geography will focus on Europe and the countries of Allied and Axis forces worldwide.
Mapping skills

Sikhism – its origins, traditions, key beliefs and what life is like as a Sikh today.
Understanding Christianity – Gospel – What would Jesus do?

Tag Rugby
Table tennis
Swimming (second half of the term)

In Music, the children will be learning about song-writing, exploring traditional and modern songs and performing together. They will also rehearse and learn traditional Christmas Carols for the Y4, 5 and 6 Carol Concert.

ComputingThis term, the class will be producing presentations on Sikhism. The children will independently research their chosen topics and produce presentations incorporating audio and video aspects.

Design Technology
Christmas decorations – children will create yarn ornaments to adorn your Christmas trees.
They will also design, bake and evaluate Christmas biscuits. Linked to WWII topic, the children will design, build and evaluate an Anderson Shelter.

Linked to WWII topic
Experimenting with different media in
2D artwork – children will produce mixed media impressions of the heroic rescue at Dunkirk and charcoal sketches of a spitfire.
Miniature Christmas dioramas

Our topic of ‘New Beginnings’ focusses on the importance of our school community as well as our feelings about the coming academic year. ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ emphasises the need to sometimes work as part of a group, to find ways to deal with conflict and to manage anger appropriately.

Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BY Telephone number: 01300 345 393