Pendennis Road, Downend, South Gloucestershire, BS16 5JJ

01454 866516

christchurchjuniors@sgmail.org.uk

Christ Church CofE Junior School

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Upper Band

Welcome to the Upper Band!

Please follow the links for more information about your child's class.

Jay Class (Year 5 - Mr Round)

Puffin Class (Year 5 - Mr Kennedy)

Kingfisher Class (Y5/6 - Mrs Milne)

Falcon Class (Y6 - Miss Westcott)

Kestrel Class (Y6 - Miss Harrison)

Our Topics this term...

English

Our first unit this term will be based on Greek Myths, related to our history topic ‘Ancient Greece’. We will be reading lots of different myths, looking for common features and creating our own. Our writing focus will be on character development and using different sentence structures to create different effects. We will also be reading and writing our own non-fiction texts about Ancient Greece.

Maths

The focus this term is on fractions. Year 5 will learn to compare and order fractions, find equivalent fractions, convert between mixed number and improper fractions, add and subtract fractions and multiply fractions by whole numbers. Year 6 will include all of the above at a higher level, as well as learning to divide fractions by a whole number.

Topic

Our topic this term is ‘Ancient Greece’. Areas of study will include where and when the Ancient Greek civilisation was built, the beginnings of democracy, the differences between city states, the origins of the Olympic Games, gods and goddesses and the Battle of Marathon. We will also be linking our art to our topic and creating our own Greek ‘amphora’ pots.

Religious Education

Our big question this term is ‘Creation or Science: conflicting or complimentary?’ We will be trying to answer this by looking at faith-based and science-based approaches to understanding how the world became. Our study of the bible will focus on the book of Genesis and Psalm 8. We will also be trying to understand how many Christians find that science and faith go together.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE this term, we will be concentrating on health and well-being, including nutrition and food. We will be learning about Fair Trade fortnight.

Computing

In Computing, we will be developing our Programming skills further by exploring different block-based coding software, including Studio Code and Kodu. We will be editing, designing and adapting sequences of instructions to perform different tasks, and learning to de-bug existing programmes to correct and improve them.

PE

Indoor PE this term will be bench ball and other team games and outdoor will be hockey. We will concentrate on developing throwing, catching and other hand-eye co-ordination skills so that we can build up to playing small matches. As always, there will be a real focus on self-improvement, fair play and supportive teamwork. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school every day, including a change of footwear for outdoor PE.

Home Learning

Homework will continue weekly in maths and spelling. This term there are only two topic tasks to complete as the second one is a bit special. Everyone will be creating their own exhibit (similar to the very successful museum events held last year) about a book, author, genre or character. Please see the homework sheet below which children will be bringing home in the first week of term.

Our ‘Book Emporium’ event will be held on Thursday 8th February at 3:20pm for children to display their work.

Our topics this term...

English

Our first text this term is ‘The Tempest’ and will use an adapted version of Shakespeare’s original, written as a story for children. We will continue to apply the narrative skills we learnt during Term 1 to really bring the setting and characters to life, while learning new grammar skills with dialogue and tenses. There will also lots of opportunities for drama as we perform extracts and look at the features of playscripts. Towards Christmas, we will be reading another classic - ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and sharpening our persuasive skills to convince old Scrooge that Christmas is worth celebrating after all!

Maths

The focus this term is on multiplication and division, which includes learning formal written methods and applying these to problem solving. We will also be improving our understanding of factors, multiples and prime numbers. Our measurement work will cover perimeter and area of 2D shapes, and volume of 3D shape. Before Christmas, both year groups be starting their focus on fractions, which will continue in Term 3.

Science

Our first science topic is ‘Forces’ where we will be investigating effects of gravity, friction, air resistance and upthrust. We will be learning through experiments and lots of practical demonstrations. This also links with the first home learning assignment.

We will then move onto ‘Changes and Properties of Materials’ to learn about physical and chemical changes, separating mixtures of solids and liquids and how the properties of materials allow us to use them in everyday life.

Religious Education

Our big question this term is 'What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?’ We will be trying to answer this by learning about the five pillars of Islam (the key things Muslims believe they must do to live a good and responsible life) and trying to make links between these and our own beliefs and values.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This term, we will really start to think about how we each learn best and consider how our learning behaviours can help ourselves and others. We will be investigating what we mean by ‘challenge’ and how we use communication to become better learners. We’ll even be learning some basic neuroscience and meta-cognition (thinking about thinking)!

Computing

In Computing, we will be developing our skills in Scratch to learn new ways of animating. We will be editing, designing and adapting sequences of instructions to perform different tasks, and applying some of our maths skills like co-ordinates to help us create our own animated stories.

PE

Indoor PE this term will be table tennis and outdoor will be tag rugby. We will concentrate on developing throwing, catching and other hand-eye co-ordination skills so that we can built up to playing small matches. As always, there will be a real focus on self-improvement, fair play and supportive teamwork. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school every day, including a change of footwear for outdoor PE.

French

In French, we will be learning about sports and hobbies, talking about our likes and dislikes. This links with the second home learning assignment. We will also be revising key vocabulary and phrases, such as greetings, numbers and colours.

Home Learning

Look out for weekly homework in maths and spelling, as well as our termly homework tasks linked to our topics (Forces, Sports and Hobbies, and Christmas). Download a copy of the homework sheet and termly spelling words below.

Class Assemblies

Kestrel Class (6MH) – Wednesday 15th November

Falcon Class (6LW) – Wednesday 6th December

Can you help?

As always, we would love any parent helpers for reading. Please see your child’s teacher if you can spare half an hour a week.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

The Upper Band Team

Mrs Milne, Miss Harrison, Miss Westcott, Mr Kennedy and Mr Round.

Life Skills

Year 6 had a great trip to the Life Skills centre this week. They really impressed the staff with their common sense, manners and excellent behaviour. We don't want to spoil the surprises for future visitors, but here are a couple of pictures of what we got up to.

Our topic this term...

Can we stop a natural disaster?

Our  geography-based topic this term is all about natural disasters: how they happen; the effects on humans; landscapes and nature; relief efforts and the science behind the phenomena. We'll also be doing some experiments to help us understand what's really going on beneath the surface of the earth.

English

Our English this term begins with looking at  narrative structure through our book, The Princess' Blankets. This modern fairy-tale is full of rich language that we can learn to use in our own writing. Later, we will turn into journalists to report on real and made-up natural disasters.

Maths

Our first unit this year is all about place value and number. We will make sure we're really secure with large numbers, understanding what each digit stands for and rounding to different degrees of accuracy. We will also be reviewing formal methods of addition and subtraction, making sure we're really confident at using these to solve real-life problems. In the Upper Band, children should be able to recall all their times tables up to 12x12 so we work really hard on improving speed and accuracy. Using www.ttrockstars.com lots at home and school will really help us with this.

Religious Education

Our big question this term is 'What does it mean if God is holy and loving?' We will be trying to answer this question by looking at examples of scripture, the lyrics of worship songs and the way that churches are built. 

Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE, we will be getting to know each other in our new classes and learning about the importance of communication to help us develop healthy and respectful friendships.

Art

We will be looking at proportion and scale to help us draw the human form more accurately, then using a variety of effects to show movement.

Computing

In Computing, we will be covering e-safety and digital literacy. We will be learning about how the internet is a useful tool for communication and collaboration and we will be focusing on the importance of staying safe online, using the internet responsibly and knowing how to protect our personal information. This builds on the work children have previously done in Lower Band.

PE

Indoor PE this term will be gymnastics, where we will be learning how to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. We will also be improving our football skills during outdoor games. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school every day.

Music

In music, we will be developing our singing, playing and composing skills through our rock unit, based on the song Don't Stop Believin'.

Home Learning

Look out for weekly homework in maths and spelling, as well as our termly homework tasks linked to our topics (natural disasters, values and art). Download a copy of the homework sheet and termly spelling words below.

Life Skills

Year 6 will be heading to the CREATE centre to take part in their Life Skills workshop on Wednesday 20th September. Look out for the letter with details.

Class Assemblies

Postponed until Term 2 - Kestrel Class (6MH) - 

Wednesday 18th October at 10:40am - Kingfisher Class (5/6VM)

Can you help?

As always, we would love any parent helpers for reading. Please see your child’s teacher if you can spare half an hour a week.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

The Upper Band Team

Mrs Milne, Miss Harrison, Miss Westcott, Mr Kennedy and Mr Round.