During Autumn 1, we will be following a recovery curriculum where it will initially prioritise re-establishing core routines, core expectations and the core values we uphold for our communities. We will hold true to our belief in excellence for all pupils and will maintain a focus on delivering high-quality learning outcomes. We will explore themes which help us explain the past 6 months. This term, all learning will be celebrated through ‘A Museum of Hope Exhibition’, a physical exhibition for children to explore learning across the school, which will be shared with our community virtually.
Our core text is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy in English. We will be learning to infer meaning from a text and evaluating the choices the author has made. We will then write an advice letter in the role of Charlie Mackesy to respond to a problem with empathy and using a range of formal devices. Later on in the term, we will also be generating descriptive vocabulary and children will develop their knowledge and understanding of spelling and various punctuation and grammar techniques in order to write a first-person narrative, focusing on ‘returning to the new normal.’
In art, we will learn explore the impact of colour in order to create split art outcomes focusing on despair and hope, incorporating sketches in the style of Charlie Mackesy. In DT, children will collaborate to create a collective sculpture based on Andy Scott’s Beacon of Hope. In the wider arts, children will explore the idea of hope through interpretative dance, drama and music. These will be combined to create live performances during the museum.
In maths this half term, our main focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. There will be a focus on using and applying this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context. The children will also develop their skills in arithmetic including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and finding fractions and percentages of amounts through daily practice.
Our whole class reading sessions will be based on the text ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ where children will develop their retrieval, inference, prediction, summarising and clarifying skills. PE will take place on a Wednesday and Friday this term; this will involve developing their rugby skills, as well as dance sessions relating to their curriculum project. During our science learning journey, we will be learning about living things and their habitats, focusing on animal classifications. In order to support children back into “normal” school life after months of partial school closures, we will also be undertaking additional well-being sessions. These will include sessions on feelings, relationships, mindfulness and bereavement.