This term our topic is the Ancient Egyptians. We will be using artefacts to learn all about life as an Ancient Egyptian, The Nile, gods and goddesses, the afterlife and the discovery of Tutankhamun. We will make canopic jars out of clay and practise wrapping mummies. For our DT projects we will design and make Egyptian Shadufs.
In Science, we will mummify a tomato and begin the topic animals including humans. We will begin to understand the functioning of the digestive system, learn about food chains and understand the functioning of teeth. This will include planning and conducting an enquiry into tooth decay.
There will be weekly art sessions with Mr Slaney where children will show in their sketchbooks ideas and techniques they have developed as well as examples of drawings using pencil and charcoal such as ancient masks and hieroglyphics.
Our book for the term is Varjak Paw, an exciting tale of cats, marital arts and adventures to the big city. We will use the book to inspire the writing of persuasive texts and narratives and work on building tension in our writing. We will be writing non-chronological reports about the Ancient Egyptians. We will be using picture books and a range of texts to support the reading skills of retrieval, summarising, prediction and inference.
In Maths we will continue to look at multiplication and division, finding the area of rectilinear shapes, comparing shapes, recognising and showing equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions alongside developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.
We will learn about Buddhas life in RE as well as discussing The Story of the Monkey King and Siddhartha and the Swan. We will also learn about Vesak festival celebrations.
Finally, in Computing we will be searching for different medias on the internet, assessing the accuracy of different sources of information. We will learn to present multimedia information through different programmes and will developing basic computer skill including using Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
This term our learning will be based on the exciting geography topic: Extreme Earth!
In our Geography lessons we will use map reading skills and place knowledge to locate countries and their position on planet earth. We will be studying a variety of natural disasters including volcanos, earthquakes and flooding as well as the impact of global warming on our planet. After half term we will focus on survival in extreme climates and plan an expedition to the arctic.
We will be reading a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry over the term in English. Our key english text for the term is Georges Marvellous Medicine which will inspire our creative writing. We will also be writing newspaper reports based on natural disasters.
In Art will be using a range of techniques and materials including pastels, charcoal, clay and paper mache. We plan to learn how to illustrate our own stories in the style of Quentin Blake and make our own volcanos to explode.
Our RE focus for the term will be Christianity. We will think about our own identity and belonging and comparing this to the Christian faith. After half term we will look at what Christmas means to Christians, exploring the Christmas Story from different perspectives.
In Computing we will continue to develop our coding skills through solving problems using different websites and applications. After half term we will begin a movie project using a variety of media skills to create our own short film.
During the first half term of Science, we will conduct experiments and investigations related to the properties of solids, liquids and gases, changing states and the water cycle in our States of Matter topic. After half term, we will focus on biology learning about living things and their habitats. This will involve classifying animals in the local and wider environment and understanding how the environment can change impacting on ecosystems.
In Music we will continue to develop our music and composition skills with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton.
Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson where we will develop new vocabulary and build upon speaking and listening skills.
This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. Children will take part in a chosen subject to become an 'expert' in, separate from the main curriculum e.g. digital media, coding, mechanical engineering, musical theatre and storytelling.