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What are we learning this half term?
In English, we are continuing to develop our sentence structure using Clean Up, a wonderful book all about the importance of keeping our beaches clean. The children will then write their own story based on Where the Wild Things are, hoping that Max doesn’t do too many mischievous things! They will then write about what they have learnt in Geography, answering the question – What is it like to live in Britain?
In Maths, we are learning to divide by 2, 5 and 10 and exploring grouping and sharing. We will also be making and interpreting tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We will also be measuring length in cm and m whilst also comparing lengths.
In Science, we are learning about electricity. This unit introduces electricity, what we use it for, how it behaves and how we must use it safely. The children will have two lessons dedicated to exploring circuits, asking and answering questions about how electricity behaves and what is needed to create a complete circuit. They will learn about the differences between batteries and mains electricity and will understand how our electricity system is connected across the country and beyond. They will understand that scientists use symbols to represent components of a circuit. This links to their understanding of using symbols on a map in geography. The children will then work scientifically to investigate conductive and non-conductive materials. They will make predictions, plan and undertake an investigation and will explain their findings.
In Geography, the children will have the opportunity to look in more depth at the countries of the British Isles including Ireland. Now they are able to recognise the countries, they will look, through a geographical lens, at the human and physical features of the British Isles including; rivers, coastlines, mountains, valleys, bridges, railways, ports, towns and cities.
Throughout this unit, children will be developing their geography skills by using an atlas to identify physical and human features of places within the British Isles. They will look at features that each country in the British Isles has in common, such as rivers, coastlines and mountains. Children will also be taught some specific geographical features that are part of the identity of the countries within the British Isles, for example the Welsh Valleys the Scottish Munros, and the Giant’s Causeway.
In Art, we are learning about portraits and self-portraits. This unit starts by looking at the difference between portraits and a self-portraits by considering three renowned paintings: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Holbein’s portrait of Edward VI as a child and Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Bonito. The children go on to consider the self-portraits of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gentileschi using all these works to think about how a portrait can show much more than just how a person looks: an artist can choose to represent a person’s personality, emotions and status. The children will paint their own self-portrait, using mirrors, learning about the proportions of the face, and how to recreate skin-tones. They will consider how they can represent themselves, by the expression they show and by what they choose to put in the background of their portrait. They will evaluate what they think of the self-portrait they have created.
Lessons 5 and 6 go onto look at how an artist can represent themselves in different ways, looking at how Picasso’s self-portraits changed with age. The children then consider some of Picasso’s cubist portraits, thinking carefully about what makes these portraits look strange, in particular exploring how Picasso shows a face-on view at the same time as a profile. They finish the unit by creating their own cubist portraits.
In PSHE, we are learning about diversity and community. The children will build a sense of identity, valuing different groups and exploring groups within our community.
In RE, we are learning about holy places, where and how Christians, Sikhs and Muslims worship.
For regular updates and photographs of our learning please be sure to visit your child’s class story on Class Dojo.
Below you will find knowledge organisers for Art, History and Science for this half term. These detail the key knowledge and vocabulary that we will be learning in these subjects. Please use them to help you discuss what the children are learning.
Here are some useful links and resources to provide you with additional information.
We deliver our phonics curriculum using SoundsWrite to ensure that the children learn how to decode in a systematic and effective way. Here you will find a link to a free online course that parents can take to help them learn how to support their children in learning to read using SoundsWrite. There are also two documents which provide you with more detail around the key concepts of learning in SoundsWrite.
Free online course: https://www.udemy.com/course/help-your-child-to-read-and-write/
You will also see there is a free SoundsWrite app too which can support phonics learning at home.
There are also some useful references to how we teach certain calculation methods in Maths too as well as information about the end of year expectations in spelling, puncuation and grammar.