Elaine Education Centre
In January, the school was closed following government guidelines in response to COVID-19. Our remote education is now in place (more information can be found in the remote learning tab). The remote education will follow our curriculum as close as possible. Below is the intended learning for Spring term which will be closely mirrored in our remote education.
For our curriculum this term we will be looking at human rights, inspired by our core text “Little book of big freedoms” we will be looking at the impact rights and law have on the humanity and real life issues. We will be looking at how we can help this problem on a school scale. We will also be looking in comparing and contrasting our local area and Portugal exploring how and why our geographical location and cultures are different.
In English this half term, we will be starting our new core text, ‘Little book of big freedoms. We will be building on our previous skills of writing speeches to inform the younger members of our school about human rights and the rights of the child. In the second part of the half term, we will begin to use our literacy and knowledge of human rights to create poetry based around these themes.
In maths this half term, children will be focusing on multiplication and division on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
The children will be identifying patterns and applying their knowledge of their times tables to solve problems.
In science, we will be researching plants and what they need in order to grow.
In geography, we will be researching geographical features of our local area and Portugal – we will have a focus on rivers and their importance in geography.
In RE, we will be exploring Islam and special religious festivals within this faith.
In Art, we will be looking at the work of Chris Riddell to create our own sketches and watercolour art works.
This term the children will 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 sustainably producing palm oil, biodiversity and the implications of climate change.
This term the children will explore the theme of identity and diversity, looking at the impacts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in our society today. They will compare their own lives to the lives of people in Afghanistan exploring gender stereotypes. The children will use this learning to create a business selling a range of merchandise (badges, keyrings) with slogans on which challenge stereotypes.
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 adding and subtracting numbers with four or more digits using the formal written method. They will be exposed to a range of fluency and reasoning questions, such as multi-step problems to help secure and deepen their understanding.
In arithmetic we will be focusing on securing our knowledge on the 12 and 9 times tables.
In science, we will be learning about Forces and understanding the discovery of gravity, made by Sir Isaac Newton.
In RE, we will be learning about Judaism and some of the festivals celebrated in this religion.
In RSE, we will explore how to keep our bodies and minds healthy.
In French we will be learning our numbers and how to say how old we are.
In Art we will be looking at the artist Shamsia Hassani. We will be using different mediums to create our outcome of a silhouette of Parvana.
This half term, Year 6’s learning will be based our core text ‘Stella by Starlight’ by Sharon Draper. We will be using both mediums to explore segregation in America and how influential people tried to bring around change. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.
We will have a history focus to our learning this term around our global theme of peace and conflict. The children will make connections between current struggles and those in the past, looking at how segregation has impacted and continues to impact the lives of individuals and groups of people. They will have the opportunity to showcase their learning through a non-chronological report.
In English, the children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write present-tense narratives in role of Stella (a young girl facing segregation) describing the build up to a key day in Black History – voting day. They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up experiencing such inequality, before applying this to their own narratives and building upon their writer’s voice. Children will learn how to include a balance of dialogue and description to create imagery for the reader whilst also moving the plot forward. They will also be exposed to techniques that will allow them to switch appropriately between levels of formality; these include the use of technical vocabulary and ‘slang’. Based on our curriculum learning, children will also be writing a newspaper article reporting on a suspicious sighting of the Ku Klux Klan; they will learn how to write formally, include examples of direct and reported speech as well as writing factually about an event. They will use both writing opportunities to develop the children’s voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In maths, the children will begin by continuing their learning about fractions, decimals and percentages including ordering, finding equivalents and problem solving. They will then be learning about measurement covering area, perimeter and volume. Children will develop their reasoning skills and continue to focus on their times table and arithmetic skills.
In RE, children will be looking at Buddhism and how they follow the teachings throughout their life. This includes looking at the four noble truths, and the 8-fold path. They will also be looking at the beliefs and traditions of the religion and how it can link to their own life.
In science, the children will be learning about electricity through a range of different practical activities. The children will be learning about electromagnets and the positive and negative effects they can have. They will be building circuits using scientific equipment.
In art, we will be studying the work of Sam Cannon, who is an artist who tries to convey a positive message of peace through the words she uses in her artwork.
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