Eagles - Years 5 and 6


Welcome to Eagle class! Our teacher is Mr Humber, who has been teaching for fifteen years, the last five of which have been at Bedwell. He is really good at art and English, and he says his favourite things are rugby and pizza. He doesn’t like bugs very much, and is scared of heights.

Home learning ideas:

  • We have started using Google Classroom in class, so we will be familiar with it as a platform for learning beyond school. Login details have been sent out to parents.
  • We are regularly set maths tasks and challenges via Mathletics, and should all know how to log in - let your teacher know if you can't get on. We've also started using Times Table Rock Stars to support us in learning our tables facts. 
  • Each week we are set spellings to learn. Click here for guidance on strategies you can use to support your child in learning these at home.  
  • Our history topic might be within living memory of some of family members - if so, it would be great to share their memories of what life was like during World War 2. Were any great-grandparents evacuees? What do you know about any family members who fought or worked during the War? There are loads of movies, video clips and archive materials available online to support learning about life during the War - the BBC Class Clips site is a great place to start. 
  • In science, we are exploring evolution and adaptation. Keep an eye out for animals when you’re out and about, and think about how they’re suited to their environment - do their colours help them to stay hidden? How do they keep warm in winter? There are also some great lessons available online to support our next science topic here, on the Oak Academy site. 

Our latest news:

  • We started the term with a DT project that saw us investigating and building alarms that react to changes in the environment. We used tilt switches and light sensors to add alarms to treasure chests, safes and secret books, and enjoyed testing them out on our friends! 
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  • In science this term, we have been exploring electrical circuits. We have revised the features (and components) that are needed to build a working circuit, and have learnt to draw and interpret circuit diagrams. We also constructed a variety of different switches and planned experiments to find out how you can change the brightness of a bulb in a circuit.  
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  • School Council elections - One of our first tasks this term was to elect our new School Councillors. We thought carefully about the skills we thought a good class representative should have, what we liked about our school and how it could be improved further. Building on this, we then drew on all our understanding to write speeches, ’selling’ ourselves to the rest of our class and showing why we’d be the perfect Councillor. It was a tough choice, with loads of us making fantastic speeches, but once voting was complete and all the ballots had been counted, we elected Rishmi and Tyler. You can read their speeches here.     
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  • We had a busy (and very festive) end to the Autumn Term, with fantastic Christmas parties on Tuesday, followed by our school Christmas Dinner on Wednesday. Our parties were a particularly big hit, with some hotly contested games followed by loads of party food - a big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the costs of this.
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"High aspirations and enthusiasm support the determination that all children should make good or better progress."

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

Remote Learning - During Lockdown, we covered a huge range of topics, from evolution and life in the tundra to World War 2, Sikhism and 3d computer modelling! In English, our Monsterology topic has given us the chance to write in a huge range of genres. We’ve written reports, instructions, diary entries and discussions. In maths, meanwhile, we started the term exploring pie charts and data handling. We then moved on to learn about percentages (and solve lots of percentage problems) before shifting on to 2d and 3d shape.

Computing - We started the term by reading ’You Are Awesome’ by Mathew Syed. It’s a great book, with lots of ideas and advice about how to become amazing at whatever you want to be. As a result of reading the book and doing lots of activities around it, we have all been thinking about how to achieve our ambitions - and, indeed, what those ambitions might be. In Computing, we decided to start the year by building on all this and finding out more about the kind of careers we might want to have when we grow up, and how to secure our dream job. First, we used the internet to research different jobs, the skills and knowledge required and the qualifications you need to get. We then presented our work using Microsoft Publisher, combining text and pictures to produce clear, inviting writing.

This term's topics

English - We will be investigating different fiction genres, looking at the types of characters, settings and plot we find in mystery, fantasy, historical, romance and adventure stories. We will then use this understanding to look at the way authors can combine features from more than one genre to engage or surprise the reader, building up to writing genre mash-up stories of our own. Through our writing, we will be developing the way we can use a range of punctuation to separate clauses. We will also be bringing home key spellings to practice. Throughout our English unit, we will be reading and exploring lots of stories relating to World War 2, particularly those involving evacuees and prisoners of war.

Maths - In Eagles and Falcons, we will continue our work on written methods for division with a particular focus on reasoning. Following that we will delve into percentages, linking back to our work on fractions and decimals from the Autumn Term. Towards the end of the half term our focus will shift to look at 2d shape, perimeter and area.

Science - Our next topic focuses on evolution. We will be learning how living things have changed over time, adapting to suit their specific environment. We will investigate the evidence for the theory of evolution, looking at what fossils can tell us about the living things that lived on Earth millions of years ago. We will also be learning about the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace.

Humanities - We will be investigating World War 2 and the Battle of Britain this term. After investigating which countries were involved on each side, we will be exploring how the War affected the lives of children and experiencing what life was like for evacuees. We will also explore the impact of the Battle of Britain, identifying the location of air bases on each side, the tactics used and the reasons why the attack was ultimately unsuccessful.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.