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Year 5/6 - Helsinki Class


A massive welcome back after the Christmas break! We have lots of fun things planned this term, which I know that the children will love. We endeavour each day to make the learning fun and provide a creative curriculum which is both broad and balanced. 

Thank you all in anticipation of your support for the forthcoming term.

Mr Kolseth



Autumn 1

Welcome to Helsinki.

I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer holidays.

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and achieve some incredible things over the course of the year.

We have lots of exciting activities planned and lots of interesting new topics to learn and explore.

Mr Kolseth

Autumn Term Topic - 'Equality Through the Ages'

In computing, we have been 'Game Developers'. We have been using the program 'Scratch' to design and create our own game using coding.

In English, we have been focussing on our equality foci, disability. We used the short animation Ian to focus our writing and write a persuasive letter to convince Principals around the country to make 'reasonable adjustments' for the access of disabled children into their schools. Here we were acting out the story of Ian.

We have focussed on percussion instruments in music this half term. We also looked at the famous movie composer Hans Zimmer and attempted to create our own 'Zimmer Shimmer'.

In gymnastics, we have been looking at balances and movements both on and off apparatus.

In science, we have been exploring the solar system. Here we were trying to find out why we see different phases of the moon and why the sun appears to travel across the sky.

Autumn 2

In geography we used atlases to find and label continents, oceans and countries and incorporated this knowledge into making our own globes!

In music we have been looking at body percussion and created our own body percussion piece of music in groups.

We have been very busy discovering facts about forces. We have investigated air resistance and attempted to design an efficient parachute using this knowledge. We also designed our own objects to be more streamlined in a way that would travel through the water more efficiently. Finally, we looked at friction and used Newton meters to measure how effective our shoes were on different surfaces.

In computing, we have been making a website to inform other children about how to stay safe online.

Linking our English, maths, DT and art we made some Christmas presents using 3D nets and designed the wrapping paper.

We have also been looking at biomes in geography and created our own biomes in class.

As part of our engagement aspect of our English lessons, we decided upon a topic that inspired us and motivated us enough to want to challenge it. We used different pieces of software to create an awareness ad before writing our poems.