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Ash Class

This term children will explore the topic of sustainability to see the impact that humans have on the environment on a global level. They will identify how climate change has affected the planet and will look specifically at the recent Australian bushfires. They will conclude the term by scripting and producing a documentary that identifies the reasons for the bushfires, as well as solutions that take responsibility for the environment we live in.

Our core text this term in English is “The Vanishing Rainforest” by Richard Platt. Children will be exploring features of a diary and identifying how the main character feels throughout different stages of the book. As the term progresses, children will explore sentence openers, punctuation for effect and how to create suspense in their writing. They will then publish three diary entries depicting how loggers and deforestation have had a detrimental effect on communities in the Amazon rainforest over time.

In maths, children will begin the term by refreshing their knowledge of fractions. Children will then be using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to further develop their knowledge of the topic. As the term progresses, children will develop their understanding of equivalent fractions and will assess how fractions can be used in everyday contexts. Towards the end of term, children will learn to add and subtract fractions and will apply this learning to solve word problems.

In art, we have invited artist Emily Tull, who specialises in embroidery, to run a sewing workshop with the children. 

In geography, we will be exploring the effects of climate change and the impact on wildlife. We will then create a documentary exploring the impact of the Australian bushfires on the koala population, linking to our computing curriculum.

In RE, we will be identifying the importance of Hindu places of worship. 

In science, children will be exploring components in a circuit and identifying variables to create a fair test.

 

Oak Class

This term, Oak Class will be learning about the impacts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on our mental health. We will be learning about strategies and techniques, such as mindfulness and meditation, to maintain positive mental health. We will be sharing these techniques with our peers so that our school community can maintain positive mental health.

In English, we will be reading our new core text, ‘The Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis, which explores the theme of identity and diversity. Children will be writing diary entries from the point of view of the protagonist, Parvana, who lives in Afghanistan whilst it was under Taliban rule. She is forced to change her whole lifestyle and pretend to be a boy in order to provide for her family after her father was taken away by the Taliban. Children will also link their learning to the character skills, looking especially at empathy and how Parvana’s life and culture differs to ours.

In maths, children will be looking at fractions. They will be comparing and ordering fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. They will also look at improper and equivalent fractions. As well as this, they will be revising all prior learning; applying it across a range of reasoning, problem solving and multi-step problems. 

In science, we will be learning about Earth and Space. In RE, we will be looking at different religions and what their beliefs are about how the world began. In RSE, we will explore how to keep our bodies and minds healthy, as well as learning about puberty and the changes our bodies go through as we grow older. In PE, the children will continue with their weekly swimming lessons, which will take place every Monday.  In French we will be learning the days of the week as well as numbers and how to say how old we are. In art we will be looking at the artist Shamsia Hassani. We will be using photo shop and different mediums to create our outcome of a silhouette of Parvana.

 

Elm Class

In maths, we will be learning how to measure and draw a range of different angles; as well as calculating missing angles from polygons and opposite angles. After that, we will then be converting different units of measurement and solve problems that include length and weight; this will also include conversion between imperial and metric units. Towards the end of the half term, the children will be working out the area and perimeter of triangles, quadrilaterals and parallelograms and compound shapes. As well as this,they will be revising all prior learning; applying it across a range of reasoning, problem solving and multi-step problems.

Within English, Elm classes writing outcomes will be based on the core text ‘Stella by Starlight’ by Sharon M Draper.  The book examines themes of racial discrimination linking to our global theme of peace and conflict.  It follows the story of Stella Mills who lives in the segregated community of Bumblebee in North Carolina and the struggles that the black community go through in their everyday lives.  During this term, children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write a dilemma narrative based on the events in the book.  Children will also be writing in role as a character from the book expressing their thoughts and emotions.  We will end the learning journey by analysing a scene from the film “Selma” which is the story of the march lead by Martin Luther King

In science they will be learning about light, starting with how it travels to the eye and is able to see light and objects.  They will also be looking at the relationship between visible light and reflection, using scientific evidence as well as investigating reflections from a variety of surfaces.

In curriculum this term, we will be using oracy skills to create their own “I have a dream” speech. To achieve this they will look at particular areas of oracy, such as physical, linguistic, cognitive and emotional. They will then retell key events in history using concept maps.  After listening to others’ viewpoints, they will then consider whether their initial viewpoint needs to change or not; which will then lead into the planning and presentation of a persuasive speech.

In PE, the children will be learning how to apply skills in tennis. This will include lessons that focus on accurately striking the ball, a consistent rally, striking the ball over the net and competing in a tournament. They will need to focus on body control, predicting movement of opponent and controlling the power of a strike.

In this subject we will be focussing on the DT (Design Technology) during STEM week where they will be designing and creating a specific project.

In RE, Elm class will be looking at Sikhism and the importance of Guru Gobind Singh and Khalsa.  They will be explaining the importance of the 5Ks and Sikh names for these. In addition, they will understand how Sikhs can show they belong to Sikh community.

Page Documents Date  
EEC Ash Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Oak Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Elm Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 16th Sep 2019 Download
EEC Ash Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Oak Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Elm Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 04th Nov 2019 Download
EEC Ash Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download
EEC Elm Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download
EEC Oak Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter 10th Jan 2020 Download
EEC Ash Spring 2 Curriculum Newsletter 27th Feb 2020 Download
EEC Oak Spring 2 Curriculum Newsletter 27th Feb 2020 Download
EEC Elm Spring 2 Curriculum Newsletter 27th Feb 2020 Download