In English, our core text this term is ‘Gorilla Dawn’ by Gill Lewis. We will be learning to infer using clues from a text and evaluating the choices the author has made. We will also be generating descriptive vocabulary about a jungle in preparation for writing a narrative about the invasion that takes place within the story. Throughout the half term, the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar and apply this to writing their writing.
In maths this half term, our 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. Children will begin the term by continuing to secure formal written methods for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). As the 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.
In art, we will learn different shading techniques and then build up texture using oil pastels and acrylic paint to create pictures of gorillas based on the work of Kim Guthrie.
Our geography learning will focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo and comparing the human and physical features to those in Great Britain. We will also be exploring the illegal mining of coltan and colbalt and the impact this has on the Democratic Republic of Congo.
PE will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. This term we will be focusing on tag rugby, gymnastics and developing overall body control.
In RE, we will be learning about Judaism and the festival of Hanukkah.
In science, we will be learning about living things and how we can classify animals based on their characteristics.