The team is Miss Tindale, Miss King, Mr Lenehan, Miss Dineen Mrs Mayo and Miss Iqbal.
In Book Study, we will be looking at Who Let The Dogs Out by Maz Evans, a healt-felt adventure story which is linked to our topic of Ancient Greece and our global theme of Identity and Diversity. During our English lessons, we will be exploring Identity and Diversity through our text ‘Amazing Women of the Middle East’ by Wafa Tarnowska which also has themes related to our big question. Children will write a biography for their chosen amazing women from the Middle East. The book is non-fiction and describes the lives of incredible women who achieved great things. We will also be looking at Greek Mythology, where children can take inspiration to create their own narrative.
This half term in maths the children will continue to develop their understanding of percentages. We will then apply this understanding to solve problems and build a through grasp of fractions, decimals and percentages.
Later in the half term we will be looking at statistics. Children will strengthen their understanding of bar models and graphs. We will use this in our Science lessons where children will develop scientific enquiry skills.
In learning journey we will begin our Ancient Greek topic which includes a combination of History, Geography, Art and Religious Education. This will help us to answer our big question ‘Do problems from history repeat themselves?’ We will also study our global themes which for this half term is ‘Identity and Diversity’.
We will complete our forces unit, investigating gravity and levers and pulleys. Later in the half term we will move onto a biology unit ‘Animals Including Humans’. This does include aspects of puberty, physiology and reproduction as part of the National Curriculum, full details of this will be sent out to parents before any content is covered and we will be happy to discuss any sensitive areas.
Global theme: Social justice and equity
Learning Journey and Science
This half term we will be looking into social justice and equity. We will be looking at how fairness may not always mean equal treatment, about the causes and effects of inequality and linking these themes to all of our learning throughout our curriculum. As geographers, we will be learning about the Arctic and the impact humans have had on global warming.
We will be writing a persuasive piece this half term based on Hidden Figures. Children will learn about the struggles that the African American women, who worked for NASA, faced and how this is an important part of history. In book study, we are reading Jess Butterworth’s ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ whilst exploring the global theme of social justice and equity.
This half term in maths, we will start with a fractions recap to ensure that the children’s understanding on the concept of fractions remains strong. Following on from fractions, we be focusing on position and direction, which includes symmetry, coordinates and reflection. We will also be revisiting the four arithmetic operations to ensure that all children are secure on these methods. All children need to know their times tables and should be practising them at home.
For your information:
Please make sure your child attends school every day counts
Global theme: Peace and Conflict
Learning Journey and Science
Happy New Year! To start the spring term, we will be taking part in a citizenship faculty week all about the schools new ‘Rights Respecting’ project. We will be focusing on Human Rights through P4C, PSHE and art. We will then learn about coastal features for Geography. Later in the term for learning journey, we will be looking how the Anglo-Saxons lived. This will include at where the Anglo-Saxon period fits in with modern history. As geographers, we will be looking at which push and pull factors contributed to this. In Science we will be continuing our ‘Living Things and their habitats topic before moving on to ‘Earth and Space’.
We will begin the term by performing drama using Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We will be writing a narrative this half term based on Beowulf. Children will learn about the historical epic poem and write their own version. In book study, we are starting Anglo Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman.
This half term in maths we be focusing on perimeter, area and measurement. We will also be revisiting the four arithmetic operations to ensure that all children are secure on these methods. All children need to know their times tables and should be practising them at home. Children should also be carrying out maths tasks on Mirodo to consolidate their learning in school.
For your information
• Mr Lenehan will be teaching in Class 12 from now onwards, with Miss King available on zoom until 22nd January.
• Miss Dineen will be teaching alongside Miss Tindale from now until Miss Tindale goes on maternity leave.
• PE for this half term is on Tuesdays and Fridays and the correct PE uniform is needed.
• Spelling Tests every Wednesday. Spellings are given out each week.
• Your child has until Wednesday to complete any homework that they have been set.
• Please could you make sure that your child has a water bottle in school.
• Please make sure your child attends school every day counts.
Global theme: Power and Governance
Our Learning Journey this half term will continue to be about North America. This will start with learning about the different states in the US in Geography, followed by the triangular slave trade and the civil rights movement and segregation in the US in History. This will link to black British history including how the Windrush generation helped England. We will also delve into the features of coasts and compare a UK coastline to that of one in Jamaica. Throughout all of our Geography and History learning, we will be talking about our theme of power and governance.
This half term we will be writing an informative non-chronological report based on the RMS Titanic that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from UK to America. Our Book Study book this half term is A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. Both texts will link in with our big question and global theme which is power and governance.
During Maths lessons we will be covering:
It is important that your child practises their multiplication tables and division facts as this will help consolidate their learning.
We started this half term with an Art Day where we created our own animal sculptures after discussing and learning about the COP26 climate change conference that happened for the first two weeks of November. We discussed how important it is for world leaders to act now to help reduce carbon emissions and reduce the negative impacts of global warming.
In the Autumn term, our Learning Journey topic will be about North America incorporating our global theme of ‘Human Rights’. This will start with a history focus, learning about the American Revolution, followed by indigenous tribes and the impact that European immigrants had on them. For geography, we will delve into the various biomes of North America including the tundra and grasslands and the features and animals that inhabit them.
Our books this half term will be…
This half term in maths we will be looking at place value as well as the arithmetic methods of addition and subtraction. All children need to know their timestables and should be practising them at home.