Summer Home Learning Menu
Catholic Social Teaching
This term, in Science, we have been looking at electric circuits and investigating how adding more components or cells affects the circuit. We have linked the topic to ‘Burglar Bill’ and the children have made their own switches for an alarm system and looked at effective lighting of a street to deter thieves.
Our topic in RE this term has been Sacrifice. We have explored the meaning of sacrifice and what this looks like in our lives. We have studied the sacrifice Jesus made for us and learned about the key events of Holy Week. Children have learned about the Stations of the Cross and have worked with other classes, lower down the school, to assist in their understanding of Jesus’ final journey.
The book we have studied during the second half of the term in 5/6 has been ‘Beowulf’. We have loved exploring a book from a different time period and learning about the History of the period and the new vocabulary that was used at that time. Classes have enjoyed reading the adventure of Beowulf and exploring the horrifying monster Grendel. We have used the new vocabulary to write in different genres, including: writing invitations to the great mead-hall, Heorot; reporting on the horrific actions of Grendel; imagining and describing Grendel’s lair; creating Wanted posters for the gruesome beast; writing a CV for a mighty warrior and reporting on the success of Beowulf in slaying the malicious monster! Over the next few weeks we will also be creating biographies on the brave Beowulf.
In February, we visited Chester Zoo to develop children’s cultural capital and to inform their understanding of ecology and the natural world. The weather was kind to us which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Children enjoyed watching familiar animals as well as finding out about some of the lesser known creatures they came across. Everyone had their favourite animal but the Meerkats stole everyone’s hearts. The children were worn out by the end of the day but they all had a memorable experience.
In Science we have been exploring forces and developing our understanding of the topic through practical investigations. Children have worked independently, designing their own investigations and selecting the resources they need to answer their questions and test their hypotheses. They have recently worked on transporting a message across the room using the thrust generated by deflating balloon. They used the scientific process , learnt from their mistakes, rethought the problem and eventually achieved success.
In RE, we have been learning about the Sikh religion. We have explored different aspects of Sikhism including the founding gurus, their book, the Guru Granth Sahib, their beliefs and the similarities and differences between Sikhism and Christianity.
During the first half term, we enjoyed looking at a range of Japanese Art. We explored with colour mixing and created our own versions of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’.
Please click the link below to see the artwork created by the children.
Year 5/6 are currently enjoying their new Design Technology unit. They are applying their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control products. So far, they have learnt all about Raspberry pi and have used this to program LEDs to light up using Scratch coding. Over the next few weeks, they will use computer aided design software to design their product before creating it.