Year 5/6 - Orcas 2016 - 2017

Mr Nodder

Our Spelling Championship is over for another year. Here are our two winners. Grace Meadows won the Consolation Cup, while Mollie Beaufoy was the overall Spelling Champion! Well done.

So many children in Year 6 have worked extremely hard during this tournament. Myself and Mrs Hetherington have certainly seen a huge improvement in the children's spellings. 


Orcas Summer Term 

Welcome back after a well deserved Easter Break. I would like to say a big well done to all those children who completed Lent successfully. I had some extremely positive comments at parents evening about how the children had stuck to their task. I certainly enjoyed the end of lent and quickly devoured a Lindt Bunny!!! Out of the whole class, 10 of us survived. Cerys enjoyed a biscuit on Easter Sunday... Georgie savoured a Macdonalds and Courtney glugged back a Sprite yesterday!

This term, once SATs are complete, our topic will be Aztecs. Has anyone ever been to Mexcio? Let us know any details of your holiday and send the children in with pictures or souvenirs. 

This term we will be focussing on Aztecs!

As Geographers we will be find out about some of the most beautiful and exciting places, We will look at:- where Mexcio is, and the relative position of it in relation to Europe, and the position on the globe near to the Equator and tropics. We will focus on the key physical characteristics and major areas of population, and how settlements have grown relative to the physical constraints and opportunities of the land.

-We will look at Climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts, rivers, mountains and volcanoes.

We will look at how the land was settled by the Aztecs and how European settlers affected the trade and were ultimately responsible for the demise of a culture.

We will use maps to locate and describe features studied.

As Historians we will learn about a non- European society to contrast with our own

We will gain historical perspective buy placing the Aztecs on a timeline, comparing the society with ancient Egyptians ( writing/ buildings).

We will study everyday lives, the nature of the civilization, beliefs and achievements, the expansion and dissolution of the civilization.

As Scientists

We will study how light travels and reflects/ refracts. We will examine patterns in shadows.

We will study life cycles of plants and animals, including birds, amphibians and humans.


As Writers we will; Create non- chronological reports on Aztecs

Write explanations of processes in science.

Create narrative fictional texts.

Research efficiently from useful sources .

Present information.


As Artists and designers we will;

Look at artefacts from the Aztecs and examine the colours and designs used. We will make clay models and paint them in the style of Aztec art. We will also look at Aztec food and make flatbread.

As musicians

we will examine beats and patterns of rhythms. We will learn to read musical notation and know the values of the notes.


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Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Truthfulness'.

In school we will be:

Helping children to explore and understand the concept of truth.

Encouraging all members of the school community to be truthful in their interaction with one another.

Exploring the concept of being true to oneself.

Encouraging children to develop their understanding of the moral choices we are sometimes faced with in life.

Exploring how through Jesus's teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way he means us to live.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.