Head of Department – Mrs. Emily Barrows
Prep 5 teacher –Mrs. Amanda Houghton-Brown
This year we are using the Collins Scheme which runs up to Prep 6, alongside the Galore Park scheme, which continues through Prep 4, 5, 6 and then into Common Entrance. The expectations of independent work are increased with support. Set texts for the year to rotate: Friend or Foe and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Independent reading is monitored on a weekly basis.
Speaking & Listening: Clear, lucid, fluent speech. Read and follow on discussions.
Reading: Skimming skills. Read for enjoyment. Read an extract from a passage and make notes.
Spelling: Collins Spelling. Fortnightly spelling tests and synonym and meaning tests.
Writing: Consider layout and presentation of work. Write in detailed form. Use fiction and non-fiction. Write imaginatively using knowledge of plot, story, structure etc. Phrases - how and when to use them.
Collins Composition and Comprehension.
In the Lent term the children continue their studies whilst experiencing the practical links between English and Drama when preparing for their production.
Speaking & Listening: Use wider range of different kinds of language depending on situation.
Reading: Scan books for information. Fluent, confident reading with expression. Represent information in different forms. Introduction to non-fiction terminology.
Spelling: Collins Spelling.
Writing: Write in response to more demanding tasks.
Develop the use of poetic devices. All relative pronouns. Use of double negatives. Collins Composition and Comprehension.
Speaking & Listening: Class and group role play. Identify key points in a discussion.
Reading: Read fiction and non-fiction books. Evaluate texts read. Use inference and deduction when reading. Use dictionaries, thesaurus, glossaries.
Writing: Write good narrative, based on their experience of good fiction. Forming adjectives from nouns. Use of phrases in sentences. Collins Comprehension and Composition
Suggested Reading List
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit
Just William by Richmal Crompton
The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
The Granny Project by Anne Fine
ANTIDOTE by Malorie Blackman
The Flour Babies by Anne Fine
HACKER by Malorie Blackman
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
Wreck of the Zanzibar by M Morpurgo
Born To Run by M Morpurgo
Dancing Bear by M Morpurgo
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Ratburger by David Walliams
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Secret Platform by Eva Ibbotson
Demon Dentist by David Walliams
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
My Name is Bob by James Bowen
How to Train a Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Goodknyght! (Tales of the Dark Forest) by Steve Barlow
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Tudor Terror by Terry Deary
The Spud from Outer Space by Susan Gates
The Last Polar Bear by Harry Horse
The Water Horse by Dick K Smith
Crowstarvers by Dick K Smith
Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
Death of the Arrow by Chris Priestley
The Baker Street Boys by Anthony Read
Scribble Boy by Philip Ridley
Head of Department – Mr. James McConnell
Prep 5 teacher –Mr. Jamie Nish
Pupils will continue to develop the requisite skills to make them confident scientists, conducting independent investigations and developing important group work skills
Adaptations & Habitats.
Building on prior knowledge of habitats, the pupils will study the interactions between organisms and their environments.
Properties of Materials.
A more detailed look at the suitability of materials for their purpose.
Building on the States of Matter topic as well as a first look at chemical reactions.
Techniques for separating mixtures including filtration.
Irreversible reactions between chemicals. A chance for the pupils to perform many chemical reactions.
Earth and Space
A journey through the solar system and beyond, including human achievements in space exploration.
Life Cycles of Plants and Animals.
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants and in humans.
Measuring and investigating a variety of forces including gravity and upthrust.