Spring Term - Ancient Egypt
This term we are basing our learning on the History Topic: Ancient Egypt.
English: To begin the term, we will focus on developing our inference and storytelling skills, inspired by the picture book 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner. We will develop our non-fiction writing skills through planning, drafting and writing a non-chronological report about Ancient Egypt. During the rest of the term, we will focus our English learning around our class book Varjak Paw.
Maths: We will continue to develop our arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving skills, focusing on the key topics: Written methods for multiplication and division, Area, Fractions and Decimals.
History: Children will be learning all about what life was life in Ancient Egypt. They will develop a historical understanding through investigating artefacts/sources, researching Ancient Egyptian hierarchy, understanding the Egyptian language of hieroglyphics, investigating the purpose of pyramids, learning about Egyptian Gods, mummification and the afterlife.
The Arts: We will be looking at a range of Art techniques, including developing sketching skills with Mr Slaney. Some of the things we will be working towards creating: Papier mache canopic jars, Ancient Egyptian headdresses, designing and making Egyptian jewellery, designing and making an Egyptian Shadoof.
R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about Buddhism. We will focus on what we can learn from the Buddhist stories: Siddhartha and the Swan and the story of the Money King. We will also learn about the core Buddhist beliefs, their places of worship and significant symbols.
Computing: In computing, we will be developing our basic processing skills, focusing on the using the programmes: Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
Science: In our 'Animals including humans' topic, we will be identifying parts of the digestive system and their functions, making a model of the digestive system, understanding the functions of teeth, planning and conducting an enquiry on tooth decay, constructing and interpreting food chains and developing our understanding of predators, prey and producers through a poo investigation.
Music: We will continue to develop our music skills with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton. In Just Play, we will continue to practise chord changes in all instruments. In Acoustic Sound, we will learn to play a four chord song with repetitive loops and perform a song as a class in an acoustic band.
P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott (Hockey and Tennis) and Karate sessions with Sensei Dave. Before February half term, we will continue our weekly Gymnastic sessions. After half term, we will begin Swimming sessions at Valley school.
French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. During the term, we will learn new vocabulary including clothing, appearance and adjectives. We will further our understanding of cognates and basic grammar.
Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. Children will have four more weeks of their current Venture Experts groups which will finish with a showcase where parents are invited to come see what the children have been up to. Then they will choose a new Venture Experts group for the second half of the school year.
This term we are basing our learning on the exciting geography Topic: Extreme Earth. Children will be learning all about Earth's core and tectonic plates beneath our feet, the causes and effects of natural disasters, what it is like to live in extreme climates and how they would survive.
Geography: In our Geography lessons, we will be using our map reading skills and place knowledge to locate countries and their positions on the Earth. We will look at the power and causes of range of natural disasters, including volcanoes, earthquakes and floods, exploring how they affect life. After half term, we will focus on survival in extreme climates, working up to planning an expedition to the Arctic.
The Arts: We will be looking at a range of Art techniques, exploring the different elements of Art using different tools, including charcoal, oil pastel, clay and paper mache. Our lessons will focus around our Extreme Earth Topic and will include a project to create a volcano.
R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about Christianity. We will focus on 'Identity and Belonging' looking at how we identify and belong and comparing this to the Christian faith. After half term, we will look at the importance of Christmas to Christians, exploring the nativity story from different perspectives.
Computing: We will continue to develop our coding skills through solving problems on 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.
Science: In our 'States of Matter' topic, we will be focusing on the properties of solids, liquids and gases, changing of states and the Water Cycle. Our biology Topic 'Living things and their Habitats' will involve classifying animals based on their characteristics and exploring the dangers that environments can have on habitats.
Music: We will continue to develop our music and composition skills with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton.
P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott and Karate sessions with Sensei Dave. Both of these sessions will be on a Friday.
French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.
Venture Experts: 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 and Musical theatre.