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Curriculum - Spring term 1

 

Maths - Times tables, Multiplication, Division and Fractions

It is essential that the children continue to work on their times tables as this aids them across all areas of their mathematics.

 

This half term, we will complete our topic of multiplying and dividing numbers. On week 4, the children will switch back to measures, focusing on finding the area of a shape. For the remaining 3 weeks, we will start learning about fractions. The focus will be on finding equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and then adding and subtracting them. 

 

                                       

English - Diary entry, Story writing and Newspaper reports

This half term’s English learning will be based around the book ‘Flotsam’. Flotsam is the name for any wreckage or cargo that is washed up at sea. This book is a picture book, meaning there are no words to the text. By using this as our learning, the children will have to rely heavily on their vocabulary, in order to explain what is happening in the book.

 

We will focus on diary entry, from the perspective of the boy who finds the camera washed up. We will then write our own version of the story, using the pictures as an aid for writing. Our third text type will be a newspaper report on an incredible underwater discovery.

 

These are some of the key skills we will be teaching in Writing:

  • choosing and applying the appropriate tenses
  • identifying and using powerful verbs and adjectives
  • extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
  • using commas after fronted adverbials
  • using and punctuating direct speech
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.

 

In Reading Pupils will be taught to:

  • develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by:
    • ​​​​​​​reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
    • using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
    • identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
    • discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: 
    • checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding, and explaining the meaning of words in context
    • asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
    • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
    • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied.

 

To practise English skills, visit this website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

 

 

Science - Sound

What we are learning:

A sound produces vibrations which travel through a medium from the source to our ears. Different mediums such as solids, liquids and gases can carry sound, but sound cannot travel through a vacuum (an area empty of matter). The vibrations cause parts of our body inside our ears to vibrate, allowing us to hear (sense) the sound.

 

The loudness (volume) of the sound depends on the strength (size) of vibrations which decreases as they travel through the medium. Therefore, sounds decrease in volume as you move away from the source. A sound insulator is a material which blocks sound effectively.

 

Pitch is the highness or lowness of a sound and is affected by features of objects producing the sounds. For example, smaller objects usually produce higher pitched sounds.

 

                                 

History - Roman Britain

The Romans first arrived in Britain in 55BC, led by Julius Caesar, who famously declared veni, vedi veci (I came, I saw I conquered). A permanent Roman presence in Britain began to be established under the emperor Claudius in 43AD, with the Romans remaining in Britain for around 350 years.

 

We will be looking at the conquest of Britain, how Britons such as Caratacus and Boudicca, led rebellions against Roman rule, what life was like in a Roman town, the construction of Hadrian’s wall and how people from other parts of the Roman Empire, including Africa, came and settled in Britain

 

 

Geography – Coastal formations

Between the land and the sea there is an area that has a special name. It is called the coastline, and Britain has lots of different types of coastlines. Coastlines are created by waves when the crash against the coast and erode the rock. The waves then transport material up and down the coastline and deposit it elsewhere. Waves will deposit, sand, pebbles and rocks to form new beaches.

 

A landform is the shape of something on the earth. The earth contains lots of different landforms and some of these landforms we find along the coast. Cliffs are created by erosion. The is a stretch of coast in the south of England called the Jurassic Coast where you will find lots of fossils from millions of years ago. Coastlines are also habitat to many different types of plants and animals. A bay is another type of coastal landform and the largest bay in the UK is Cardigan Bay in Wales.

 

 

PE

This half term the children will be learning dance.The units of work develop from simple movements based on pupils' everyday experiences through to enabling them to create their own dances - as individuals, as groups and as a whole class. Week on week, the children will practice a choreographed dance routine.     

 

                                                                             

Health & Relationships Education – Rights and Responsibilities

This topic explores people’s rights and responsibilities. The class will look at what we mean by their rights and what they are entitled to. Then comes the importance of what they are responsible for and how they much act of those responsibilities.

 

There is a focus on rights within school and a duty of care that they are entitled to from those that care for them. Children will understand what responsibilities they have, in order to ensure their rights and needs are met.                                                                                                                                 

 

            

RE – More Hindu Stories     

Some stories have special meanings for religious believers. What do ancient stories from the Indus valley tell us about early Hinduism? The epic poem, the Ramayana, tells the story of Rama & Sita. The story is loved by millions of Hindus around the world, because it tells people about how things work in the world, how to live a good life and how to live well together with others.

 

Another big idea in the story of Rama and Sita which is very important for Hindus is the idea of Dharma. Dharma can mean: a way of living, following the right path, duty, order and truth. We introduce the children to the festival of Diwali this term and look at the origins of the festival and how it is inspired by the story.

 

                                

Music

This half term, our song is about anti-bullying. It is called ‘Stop!’, by Joanna Mangona. The children will listen to the song and learn how to find the tempo. We will learn the song by starting with the chorus, moving on to the verses, which are fast paced raps.

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

Art​​​​​​​

Creating fossils from our coasts. This half term, our art is linked with what we are learning in geography. The children will look at ways of making their own fossils, whether drawing, collaging or printing with paint.                                       

 

 

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