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Ash Class

For our curriculum this term we will be investigating and delving into the lives of Ancient Egypt rulers through our Global Theme of Power and Governance. We will be exploring and comparing Ancient Egypt to other time periods we have looked at and make links to the modern day world. We will be looking at the line of power in Ancient Egypt and compare it to our modern day line of power here in the UK. 

In English this half term, we will be starting our new core text, ‘The Wall’ by Carolina Zanotti. We will be generating powerful vocabulary to use in a setting description and exploring descriptive devices, such as similes and metaphors. We will then be analysing sentence structure and creating our own narrative, which we will be publishing at the end of term.

In maths this half term, children will be focusing on time, exploring seconds, minutes and hours and then leading on to identifying 5 minutes in to an hour and then 1 minute into every hour, focusing closely in the minute and hour hands.

In science, we will be investigating light, specifically how it travels and how we can investigate the speed and potential blockers. In history we will be exploring the Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt and making comparisons to leaders in our modern day England. In RE, we will be exploring the Muslim religion and the objects they hold sacred and why. In art, we will be exploring into the designs of Ancient Egypt with our outcome being our own Egyptian Leader heads. PE We will be looking at African tribal music and how we can relate this to dance.

 

Oak Class

This term, Oak class will be exploring our global theme of Human Rights, looking at the impact of crime on human rights and the justice system. We will study the difference between the modern British justice system and that of the Victorians and how it has evolved. Learners will develop an awareness of how vulnerable children can get embroiled within gangs and how the justice system acts upon this.

In English, we will be exploring our core text will be ‘Too Much Trouble’ by Tom Avery. ‘Too much Trouble’ is a contemporary interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist. It delves into the world of two young, refugee brothers who become embroiled in a gang and street crime. During the first term, we will be mastering the skills needed to write an appeal for help to an advice columnist and the response from the columnist to the young boy from the text. This engaging text will enable us to explore our global theme of Human Rights and how these rights are protected but, at times, also challenged.

In maths, we will be learning about measurement. We will be exploring perimeter, area and volume, learning how to calculate and convert them, and using this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context. Late in the term our focus will switch to multiplication, specifically developing our timestables fluency.

In science, we will be learning about different materials. We will be classifying materials in to solids, liquids and gases. We will be exploring their solubility and investigating their properties. In RE, we will be continuing to learn about Christianity, with a focus on living a Christian life and exploring the meaning of quotes from The Bible. In PE, we will be developing our athletic skills. We will be learning how to improve our speed and the correct technique to increase the distance of our jumps. In art, we will be exploring the work of graphic designer Noma Bar. We will be reflecting on his use of negative space to create silhouettes, linked to our core text.

 

Elm Class

The children will explore the theme of social injustice and equity through noticing people’s differences and exploring the impact that preconceived ideas will have on attitudes and behaviours of themselves and others. They will look at The Vikings and Anglo Saxons and look at how Danelaw was introduced and the effects that this had on the nation at the time. Their science learning around the human body and how relationships develop will help drive the discussion and debate. They will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to make a change in their school and a wider community scale.

In English, we will be reading a core text called “Pig Heart Boy” by Malorie Blackman. The book follows the story of a thirteen-year-old boy – Cameron - who needs a heart transplant and explores the moral and ethical dilemmas posed by him receiving a heart from an animal. The children shall be writing their own newspaper reports based on the ground-breaking experiment as well as writing a third-person narrative from the perspective of Cameron’s best friend, Marlon. In order to develop their oracy skills, they will then write and perform their own internal monologues.

In maths, the children will begin their geometry learning journey by learning to measure angles using a protractor.  The children will then move on to calculating missing angles on a straight line and around a point.  We will also be learning about triangles and then 3D shape.  We will end our learning journey this term with statistics including pie charts and finding the mean. Throughout our learning journey, the children will continue to strengthen their arithmetic skills with a focus on fractions and percentages.  Please ensure your child is practicing their times tables regularly at home.

In art, we will be studying the work of Leonardo Da Vinci and different anatomists in order to create our outcome of a 3D model of a heart.

In history, we will be learning all about the Vikings and Anglo Saxons through a hands-on learning experience involving lots of practical activities.

In PE, we will be learning dance skills in indoor PE and athletic skills in outdoor PE.

In RE, we will be learning about the Sikh community and how they help other people.

In science, we will be learning about the human circulatory system.  This will involve hands on learning opportunities such as dissection of a heart and making “blood”.