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The Rissington School
Aspire - Belong - Challenge

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Nimrod Class

Here are some photos from the start of the term:



Nimrod is our new Year 5/6 class for 2021. Photos of the class to follow shortly.  

Useful information:

PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays

Homework is set on Thursdays and is due in on Tuesdays

Spellings are tested every Friday.

The Curriculum

Welcome to a new term! Our first topic of the year is "Space Race". We will spend a large proportion of the term looking at Space, our planet and the phases of the moon.  We will be investigating and interpreting the history of space travel. One of the big questions raised was “What is space like?”.  We will find out about the sun, the earth and the moon and our solar system.  The topic also allows us to consider what is beyond, and how we can protect our planet. 

In English we will be reading Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  The text will allow the children to write using poetic forms; write from different perspectives; write narratives and newspaper reports as well as use evidence from a text to map out events.  We will be focusing on the use of inference and if we empathise with the characters or not.  There will be a strong focus on improving accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation and the quality of handwriting.  Reading and understanding the complexities of different texts, will have a high priority throughout all our English lessons.

In Maths we begin by looking at place value and Roman Numerals, before moving onto the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Mental recall of all times tables up to 12x and the inverse, is essential and mental maths will continue to play an important part of all our maths lessons.  Due their importance, we ask that you help your child to practice times tables at home each day.

Science and Computing:  During the first part of the term we will be looking at the planets in our solar system.  We will discover that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet.  Remember if doing independent study at home, it is NOT safe to look directly at the sun, even when wearing dark glasses.

Children will discover how ideas about the solar system have developed over time, looking at the work of scientists such as Ptolemy, Alhazen and Copernicus.   We will work scientifically, comparing the time of day at different places on the Earth; create models of the solar system and look at shadow clocks and sundials.

During the second part of the term we will focus on forces: friction, gears and pulleys and gravity. We will explore falling objects and ask questions about the effects of resistance. We will investigate how objects move and explore the effects of friction on movement.  In this half of the term we will look at the work of Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton and how they helped to develop the theory of gravitation.

Throughout the term, the children will build and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of coding using the app Swift Playgrounds.

In RE we will discover “How do Christians decide how to live?”.   Within PSHE, we will consider the ideas of friends and family; personal responsibility and keeping safe.