This term, the children will be developing and using their 'writing to entertain' techniques creatively by describing a setting for a cathedral based on a scene from the book 'Floodland' by Marcus Sedgwick . We will begin the term revisiting word classes, with the children building their own word banks for their setting descriptions. Children will be building up to write expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases in order to build a clear picture and entertain and engage their reader.
In Maths, the children will continue to explore fractions. Building on previous knowledge, children will develop their skills by learning to add, subtract and multiply fractions. The children will explore the relationships between numbers and build on previous knowledge. Concrete resources and pictorial representations will help to consolidate their existing knowledge in these areas. Using mathematical language, the children will explain their reasoning in a number of problem-solving activities. Additionally, we will continue to focus on rapid recall of times tables, this is vital for understanding this term. Focusing on times tables in class and at home will allow children to recall these facts efficiently. We have a number of class incentives running and children will be using the new iPads to participate in Arena battles in TT Rockstars. To ensure continuous progression in this area, we are encouraging all children to use this app at home, ideally for 10 minutes, 3 times per week, or whenever possible.
For Reading, the children will be focusing on core skills such as retrieval, vocabulary, and inference throughout our guided reading sessions. There will be many opportunities for class reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home for at least 10 minutes per day. We will continue to read 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans in our story time sessions. We will then move onto reading 'Floodland' by Marcus Sedgwick. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home as often as possible.
In History, the children will learn about the changes which happened socially and politically in Britain post World War II. Children will be discussing key terms such civil rights, discrimination and prejudice. As well as learning about key historical events such as the Bristol Bus Boycotts, the Wheelchair Warriors and Section 28, children will be given opportunities to developing their own ideas and opinions about how people influenced changes in Britain during this period in history and how this impacted society for future generations.
In Science, the children will build on their previous knowledge of forces when learning about Earth and Space. Children will be looking at the Solar system, the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. Children will begin the topic with a visit from the Planetarium to fully immerse them into key aspects of this topic.
In Art, the children are encouraged to become unique and expressive artists by creating a mixed media journal with a focus on inspirational phrases. Children will explore female artists and the specific styles they have used to portray messages. Artists which will be explored include Teesha Moore, Dawn Okoro and Freida Kahlo. They will analyse the impact this style of art has and then develop their own ideas from this. At the end of this term, the children will reflect on their feelings about their work.
In Computing, children will be learning how to create a game. They will need to plan, design, develop, create and evaluate their games.
In PSHE, children will be learning about keeping safe and healthy with a focus on drugs and alcohol.
In RE, children will be learning about what it is like to be a Muslim living in Britain today. This includes the differences in how family members live and practice their religion, religious festivals Muslims celebrate and the difficulties some Muslims may face.
Throughout all our teaching and learning, we will have a strong focus on oracy and listening. We will inspire the children to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them by developing learners who can think critically, reason together and have the vocabulary to express their knowledge and understanding.