Elaine Education Centre
This term the children will explore our basic human rights in the context of peace and conflict. They will investigate why some people have their rights denied and look into whose responsibility it is for these rights to be met. They will then work to apply their learning within the community by working with a local charity that supplies aid.
In English our core text this term is “A story like the wind” by Gill Lewis. Children will be exploring figurative language to create vivid images and then reflecting on the impact on the reader. In addition to this, children will be considering the meaning behind imagery in the text. They will learn how to create powerful imagery of their own through word choice before publishing their own poem about dreams of freedom.
In maths children will begin the term by continuing to secure formal written methods - with a focus on subtraction, followed by multiplication and division. We will continue to employ concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to solve problems involving the 4 operations. We will then move onto using this knowledge to solve a range of worded problems. There will also be a focus on using and applying this knowledge in real life contexts, and completing challenges collaboratively.
In art, we will be looking at the artist Solara Shiha, who fled Syrian during the war. We will explore her style or art and create our own wave collage. In history, we will be exploring how aid is distributed during war time and implementing a fundraising plan to create our own shoebox for the shoebox appeal. In RE, we will be learning about the significance of the 10 commandments as we explore Christianity. In science, we will be learning about the digestive system.
This term children will continue to explore the impact of deforestation both on humans and animals on a local and global level with a focus on environmental leadership. They will identify ways in which we can positively impact the local community through raising awareness of the importance of sustainable development, biodiversity and the implications of climate change.
In English, we will be reading our new core text, ‘Running Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo, which explores the theme of sustainable development. Children will develop an awareness of how to make a positive change to the environment and how this can help animals. While exploring the text, we will be focusing on how to communicate effectively, through a range of media, about issues to suit the subject, audience and purpose. Throughout this term, we will be developing a range of skills to create an advert to promote the importance of sustainable development.
Within maths the children will build upon their previous learning of column method addition and their understanding of estimating and rounding. They will use different methods, such as pictorial, concrete and abstract to demonstrate their understanding of subtraction. Commutative law will be introduced to show that addition can be completed in any order but subtraction cannot. They will use arrays and Venn diagrams to find common factors to support their understanding of multiplication. Children will also develop their reasoning skills by making true or false statements and finding a number based on factor clues. They will reflect on the occupations or situations where you may need to use squared and cubed numbers as well as introducing prime numbers and concepts such as using the inverse to develop their reasoning skills.
In science, we will be learning about the life-cycles of different plants. In art, we will be making clay elephants. In RE, we will be learning about Judaism. In RSE, we will continue to explore the concepts of family, identity and belonging. Our whole-class reading sessions will be based on texts from a range of authors, from William Blake to Dr Suess, all linked to our theme of sustainable development. In PE, will swimming every Monday
In Autumn 2, Elm’s learning will continue to be based on our core text Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis. They will be using this enriching text to explore the issues surrounding sustainable development and deciding on what actions we can take as citizens to address the problems that the environment faces.
In English, children will be developing their non-fictional writing style as they write letters to the Chinese Government about a recent headline regarding the exportation of mountain gorillas. In addition to this, children will also be writing a dialogue between two characters from the core text, to develop the narrative’s plot. They will learn how to use passive voice and persuasive language to persuade the reader to make decisions. In addition they will be developing their vocabulary and grammatical skills such as, causal conjunctions, inverted commas and subjunctive form. In addition, children will advance their spelling by regular spelling sessions.
In Maths, children will begin the term by continuing to secure formal written methods - with a focus on division. They will also be exposed to new procedures, such as long division to calculate with increasingly large numbers, including decimals. As the half term progresses, children will be learning how factors and multiples can be used as part of the multiplication and division process; this will also include building on knowledge of prime numbers and mental calculations. After that, fractions will be their main mathematical focus; learning how to simplify, calculate and identify equivalent fractions, as well as comparing and ordering fractions using the lowest common multiple. At all points of their Maths learning, children will still be encouraged to explain their reasoning and thought-processes when solving problems in a range of contexts.
In Science, the children will be focusing on ‘Evolution’; they will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution. In Curriculum, children will be looking into the impact that the illegal mining of coltan has on the people of The Democratic Republic of Congo. The children will be planning ways to inform the local community and targeted companies or the issue that children and adults both face in the DRC. They will also be writing persuasive letters, linking to their learning in curriculum, to ask for support with their project of ‘recycling coltan’. In Computing, they will be recapping on key internet safety issues with a focus on the benefits and pitfalls of online relationships. After which point, they will be learning how to detect errors in a program (a bug) and correct them (de-bugging). This will then lead them onto learning how to enter “what if” functions into their algorithms. Finally, the children will have the opportunity to create their own program that will be a be a game that requires commands and controls and can be played by others.
In P.E, children will be learning gymnastic skills and developing their overall body control. They will learn a range of skills such as forward-roll, pike, straddle-over-vault and round-offs. These will then be put together to form a routine that can be performed at the end of the term. As well as this, they will also be learning various attack and defending skills in outdoor based PE sessions, with a skill set based on defending using player marking, defending a specific zone, developing team attacking and defending. This will then progress into evaluation opportunities of team strategy, sportsmanship and effort. In Religious Education, they will be looking at festivals and the importance that these have on individuals, families and communities. This includes looking at Christmas and Hanukkah. They will also be looking at the traditions and celebrations that people participate in during celebrations and festivals. In Art, children will be researching a particular project created by Mikami Yoshiyuki and his piece on pixelated images of endangered animals that represent how many of them are left in the wild. From this the children will create mood boards based on his work and then recreate their own water colour and photo-real background of their chosen animal.
Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Please encourage your child to be reading for 30 minutes every night and to record their comments in their reading journals. We will also be sending out maths activities and reading comprehension on a Friday, which are due the following Wednesday. Spellings will also be sent out on a Friday and a spelling test and times table tests will be on a Tuesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.
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