Autumn Term 1 2019
At the start of this year, our topic relates to kingdoms and our main subjects are English, Maths, History, Geography, ICT, French, Music, RE and PE.
In English, the topic from next week will centre around Michael Morpurgo's 'Beowulf' novel. Weekly grammar lessons will take place and our main focus area to begin with is on word classes and sentence types/structure. Our Guided Reading book this term is 'Can you see me?' which focuses on a girl with autism and her experiences of school; it is a wonderful book and will provide some thought-provoking discussions.
During the first half-term, the focus in Maths revolves around the number system and how it works, progressing from place value, such as the value of numbers, to the four main calculation strategies of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Throughout all of these areas, the children will be exposed to problem solving that will test their knowledge and stretch their logical thinking. The homework will consolidate this and not aim to expose to the children to concepts they haven't already covered.
In History, our main focus is the Anglo-Saxons and the detail surrounding where they came from and their lifestyles; this will link to our Beowulf topic in English. In Art, we are focusing on Rembrandt and his observational paintings in particular. In RE, we are thinking about life as a journey and the journey which we undertake as well as the journey that Jesus and key figures in The Bible undertook throughout their lives.
ICT will centre around data handling; the children will learn how to use Excel, input data and produce graphs leading to them being able to analyse the data they have produced and produce questions.
Please check back to this page for more updates as the term progresses and please check the homework section for the homework, which will be set daily.
Autumn Term 2018:
This term, our topic is Britten's Got Talent with a focus on Benjamin Britten, the composer.
In English, we will start the term learning about Alice in Wonderland. In the coming weeks, we will analyse characters, the book and language used, create character and setting descriptions - all leading to the children writing their own version of the Alice in Wonderland story. Towards the end of the half-term, we will look at persuasive writing and an some examples of Christmas poetry.
In Maths, we are starting off the half-term focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages; this will run for approximately 3 weeks. It is often an area the children find difficult so any extra practice at home would be great. In the final few weeks, we will be looking at angles, measurement, area and volume. We will also be completing an assessment week at the end of this half-term to get a rough guide as to what the children are scoring in a test situation.
Our topic lessons this term comprise: PE, RE, Art, Music and Science. In Art, we are looking at the artist Kandinsky and his abstract works. We will analyse some of his pieces and find out more about this interesting artist. The children will also have a go at creating their own abstract pieces of artwork. Music is centering around Benjamin Britten and his compositions. The children will analyse his work and think about some musical expressions such as tempo, timbre etc. The Science focus for this term is light and the children will look at light sources, shadows, reflection and refraction and will also create their own periscope!
PE will continue with invasion games outdoors and gymnastics indoors for 2-3 weeks and then move on to some different sports for the final few weeks before Christmas. In the run up to Christmas, we will also have nativity practice and other events such as carol singing etc. It should be a great half-term!
Autumn Christmas Term:
This term, our topic is revolving around food, specifically food from all around the world.
In English, the first few weeks is based on 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. Weekly grammar lessons will still take place and the children will eventually plan and write their own version of the story, changing the characters, settings and events.
Maths is moving on from place value and the number system to look at fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will begin looking at the relationship between the three of them, such as equivalent fractions and decimals, and move on to adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions and finding fractions or percentages of amounts. In the final few weeks of term, the children will look at measure and angles.
Our topic this term will include Geography, DT, Art and Science:
In Geography, the children will learn about countries around the world and the foods that they produce, using atlases and laptops to aid their research. Our first introduction to Art this year will focus on Rembrandt and his paintings of food. The children will use a variety of different resources to emulate his paintings such as charcoal, paints and pencils. Finally, in Science, the children will be looking at reversible and irreversible changes; this will be done through experiments and analysis of these experiments.
Towards Christmas, there will be more Christmas themed activities to get us in the mood for the festive holidays!
Our Science topic this term is about reversible and irreversible changes. Today, the children were given the task of creating a reversible change. First, they had to find a way, using a variety of materials, of separating all the different items in the cup (seeds, rice, sugar, paper clips, paper).
It took a while but, eventually, almost all the groups managed to separate each individual item. In order for the change to be reversible, we had to be able to return the item to its original state so the children simply poured the items back into the cup and they'd completed the experiment!
Well done for a fun afternoon of learning and scientific facts!