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Overview of this term’s topics:
THIS TERM, OUR HISTORY TOPIC IS…
Divorce, beheaded, survived
We are just beginning our new topic which focuses around the Tudors. We will begin the unit by learning about who Henry VIII was and his 6 wives. We will then use this information to create timelines and deepen our understanding of chronology. We will learn what life was different for the rich and poor and we will finish out unit by participating in a Tudor banquet where we will participate in Tudor dancing and taste our Tudor bread which we will have made in our DT lessons.
We are still reading the BFG in our Guided Reading and English lessons. In Guided Reading, we are learning how to predict by using evidence from the text to support our answers.
In our English lessons, we are recapping adverbs and fronted adverbials. We will then apply this knowledge of adverbials by writing a set of instructions on how to mix a dream which will be inspired by the BFG.
We are about to begin our new unit on fractions. We will start by working with the concept of dividing a whole into equal parts using shapes. From this, we will learn how to write fractions and to find fractions of quantities.
We will continue to consolidate our understanding and rapid recall of our 3, 4 and 8 times tables facts – applying these in a variety of ways to challenge ourselves and improve our skills. Don’t forget to use TTR (Times Tables Rockstar) to support this.
To support your child further with this, please consolidate reciting these facts, finding related division facts and rapid recall in a variety of ways.
This half term, we will be learning about skeletons and muscles. We will be learning about the human skeleton and how our bones and muscles protect us and help us move. We will also be looking at different animal skeletons and exploring how they are similar and different to each other.
Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings. This half term, we will be focusing on gathering and presenting data in different ways and using scientific evidence to answer questions.
We are now working on our Relationships unit of PSHE again. Back in the Autumn term, we learnt about different feelings and emotions and how to identify when someone might need help. We are now learning how to work collaboratively. We will learn how to express our own viewpoints constructively and how to respond sensitively if someone does not agree with us. We will also give examples of skills needed to co-operate when working with others in groups.
This term in Music lessons, we will be learning how to use standard notation to help us play the glockenspiel. We will be learning the names of the notes and playing lots of games to help us remember where each note is on the stave. We will finish with a class performance of a glockenspiel piece of music.
Currently in RE, we are exploring what makes something sacred. To explore this we will consider what is sacred to the religions of Christianity and Hinduism. We will then use everything we have learnt about sacred places to design our own sacred place and explain why it is special to us.
Art and DT
In our current unit of art, we have explored different painting techniques such as dotting, water colour washing and splatting and we have also looked at the following artists: My Dog Sighs, Picasso and Delree Dumont. We will now focus on Delree Dumont and Dotting and our outcome for this unit is to create an eye inspired by My Dog Sighs and we will colour it in a pointillism style.
In computing, we are currently completing our first unit on computer science. In this unit, we are learning about what an algorithm is and how they are used to operate computers. We have written our own algorithms for different everyday tasks and have then applied this knowledge by creating algorithms to control the robots ‘Dot and Dash’. We will be using everything we have learnt to create an animation in the program ‘Scratch’.
PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please arrive at school in your PE kit and remain in this for the day.
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Homework is set every Tuesday on Google Classroom and is due in the following Tuesday. If you have any difficultly logging onto Google Classroom, contact your class teacher.
Daily reading is expected for 15 minutes and times table practice is also expected. Reading can vary wildly! This could be reading a recipe book to help cook or reading a newspaper/magazine…. it really is up to you! Please fill in your Reading Record and hand this in daily to your class teacher.
Pupils are expected to regularly practise their times tables. This could be through TTRS or other times table games. We are currently learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.