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Curriculum - Spring term 1

 

Maths - Percentages, Algebra and Ratio     

This half term in Maths we are starting the term revising and developing our knowledge of percentages (a key SATS topic) before moving onto algebra. This is an area which can sometimes be dreaded by children, but our scheme of work (White Rose) takes a step-by-step approach and clears away much of the mystery.

 

After this, we will be looking at ratio, especially as it appears in word problems. Throughout the term, we will also be doing daily arithmetic practice, as well as thinking about the SATS in May.

 

                 

English

We will be taking our writing inspiration this term from traditional tales including fairy stories and Tales from 1001 Arabian Nights. We will be writing our own versions of The Three Little Pigs, changing characters and settings; a balanced argument – The Big Bad Wolf – guilty or innocent? As well as biographies of Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers, who between them are responsible for the publication of many of the most well-known fairy stories.

 

In Grammar, we will be preparing for SATS by revising important grammar from previous years as well as looking at some of the applying a range of grammatical terms to our writing including: the passive voice, tense and simple, compound and complex sentences. There will be spelling practice with regular spelling tests.

 

You can help your child by using these websites:

https://wwwspellingframe.co.uk and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize                                                                                                       

 

Science - Evolution and Inheritance

Continuing our work from Animals and other Humans, we will be looking at how animals have changed over their time on Earth and how they have adapted to meet the challenges of different environments eg why do birds have a variety of different beaks?

 

We will also be considering how many of your physical characteristics are inherited and the role of genes in how this happens. As part of our discussions, we will be watching excerpts from the Royal Institution Christmas lectures that makes this topic very accessible.

 

You can find out the topic and help your child here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvhhvcw

 

                          

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 - Settlements        

A settlement is the name given to a place where people live. Some settlements are very big, some, such as hamlets, are very small.

 

Our Geography work this term will be to look at a variety of settlements in detail and investigate what are there similarities and differences. We will also be comparing London with another different settlement somewhere in the UK.

 

                    

PE - Swimming and Dance    

Physical Education is on Thursdays and Fridays.

On Thursday, the other half of the class that hasn’t so far gone swimming (children already swimming will continue until Christmas) while the rest will play basketball.

 

On Friday morning, the class will have a P.E. lesson together, where the focus will be on gymnastics with Mr. Raybe.

 

           

Art - Still life inspired by Cezanne      

Paul Cezanne was a French artist working in the mid-1800s.

 

His style involves using small brushstrokes and a focus on colour to create pictures, often of everyday objects such as fruit. This is an accessible activity from our new Art resource where the emphasis is on enjoying the activity, rather than worrying too much whether we can paint as well as Cezanne!

 

 

Health & Relationships Education - Care                     

This term we will be using the school-wide resources and lessons from Discovery to explore how our care needs as we get older, the effects of loneliness and isolation and ways in which we can show care in the community.       

 

 

 

 

 

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