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Welcome to UKS2:
A phase full of answers to questions such as: ‘Could Superheroes Exist?’ ‘How did Stoke help to win the war?’ ‘Could you be a CSI investigator?’ And ‘Egypt or Greece: who had the greatest impact on the world?’

In our phase, pupils further develop their roles and responsibilities at Priory: they become more independent, planning more of our curriculum: even researching and teaching their own lessons to the rest of the school. They develop many new skills and have the opportunity to experience new situations, such as a real WW2 weekend evacuation, taking part in a Greek Olympics (in full costume obviously!) and spending a week away at Stanley Head.

In our phase we work hard, develop our skills and most importantly, have fun whilst we are doing it! Pupils leave our phase with self-belief, determination and the confidence to face new challenges at high school.

Year 5

In Year 5, pupils further develop their roles and responsibilities to Priory: they become more independent, planning more of our curriculum and even researching and teaching their own lessons to the rest of the school. They dress up, they experience, they question and they have fun, all building towards the new experiences awaiting them in Year 6.

We have recently introduced non-negotiable skills that children leaving a year group should be confident in using. These relate to Literacy and Mathematics skills.

The non-negotiables for Year 5 are here.

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 2016

In year 6, we work hard to ensure that pupils can be the best that they can be in every way. We consolidate and review previous learning to enable pupils to do their best in their SATS in May. Furthermore through motivational speakers, additional responsibilities and trust, we develop pupils independent skills to enable them to be as ready as possible for their transition to high school,  a residential visit to Stanley Head plays a big part in this.

We have put together this Glossary of Terms to help the children with their SATS revision.

Pupils also have the chance to ‘tread the boards’ if they so wish in our summer musical, which they are choosing this year. If they are less musically inclined they can take a main role with creating props and scenery, ICT backgrounds, lighting etc.

Our year culminates with pupils’ graduation at The Prom, a spectacular evening for all involved and the leavers’ worship, where there is often not a dry eye in the house.

We have recently introduced non-negotiable skills that children leaving a year group should be confident in using. These relate to Literacy and Mathematics skills.

The non-negotiables for Year 6 are here

Year 5 Topics

Autumn 1, Will we ever send another human to the moon?
(Science focus)

Throughout this topic children will be learning about space and a range of important topics that affect every day life such as: the phases of the moon, why we have day and night and why we have the seasons.

Autumn 2, How is America United?
(Geography focus)

Children will be making comparisons between Canada and America and using geography skills to try to locate different areas of America. Children will also be finding out about how the states of America were united. A trip back in time will be needed!

Spring 1, What is the circle of life?
(Geography and Science focus)

Children will be looking at plants and how they reproduce, looking at comparing cities around the world to see where they are situated and why they are situated in certain areas.

Spring 2, Could you be a CSI investigator?
(Science focus)

Children will turn into CSI investigators with a range of different investigations throughout the topic. There will be a murder that they children will need to solve by following clues. We will need our investigation hats for this one!

Summer 1 and 2, Egypt or Greece: Who had the greatest impact on the world?
(History Focus)

Throughout this topic children will be comparing the different historical periods to make a decision on which they believe had the biggest impact on the world.


Tom – 2014  “Year 5 is the pathway to success.”

Megan 2014  “School is like a long road. In year 5, you’re nearly at the end, so it’s time to enjoy.”

Joe – 2014  “Our teacher is our talisman. He likes to enthral, capture and cajole.”

Joshua – 2014  “5B is a chocolaty experience.”

Year 6 Topics

Autumn 1, Could superheroes really exist?
(Science Focus)

Could they be created through evolution, adaptation, cross species blending, environmental accidents or just in the imagination?  Through the study of adaptation, inheritance, and Darwin’s theory of evolution alongside ‘the Marvel World’ created by Stan Lee, In Autumn 1 the Year 6 children will be deciding whether they think ‘superheroes could exist’.

Autumn 2, What makes us cool?
(Science Focus)

From our body and the way we are made, to our hobbies and interests; from our likes and dislikes, to our favourite toys and gadgets: Year 6 will be really thinking about what it is that makes each and every one of us ‘cool’!  They will study exactly what it is that keeps us alive, as well as looking at what makes their gadgets and toys work too.

Spring 1, How did Stoke help to win the war?
(History Focus)

Our city is fantastic:  the pottery, the people, the oatcakes…and who could forget the football team?  But how exactly has our great city, and its people, helped our country in the past?  Year 6 will study inventions, actions and options that would not have been possible without their home town, and the positive impact that these things had on our country during the war.

Spring 2, What makes the big screen magical?
(Science/ Art Focus)

Lights, camera, action!  How are stories brought to life? How are our screens filled with wonder?  Year 6 will study set design, lighting effects and different filming and animation methods, along with any other techniques that add ‘the magic’ to our movies… they may even make their own! .

Summer 1 & 2, I’m a year 6: can you get me out of here?
(Geography Focus)

Summer term: the last term as a Priory pupil.  Some children will be sad to be leaving; others will be desperate to break free.  But what is to come, where are they going, and are they prepared?  Thinking about their current environment and the contrasting environment of the jungle, the children will need to think about their map reading skills and their geographical understanding.  This topic will also culminate with a fantastic (hopefully) production!

 

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