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What are we learning this half term?
In English, we are continuing to develop our sentence structure, exploring how to form sentences from fragments and looking at how to extend sentences using conjunctions and specifically looking at how we punctuate direct speech. We will use the fantastic text, There’s a Tiger in the Garden as inspiration. The children will then explore the legend of Beowulf where they will focus on writing their own legend based on this super story. They will then apply what they have learnt in Geography, to write an explanation text about where a river comes from.
In Maths, we will be exploring related multiplication and division calculations, multiplying and dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. We will then look at converting, adding and subtracting amounts of money before exploring pictograms, bar charts and tables.
In Science, we are learning about light. In this unit children will learn that light is an energy that enables us to see, and interact with, the world around us. They will learn there are many different sources of light and the light of the sun is vital for life on earth. Children will work scientifically to find out if materials are transparent or opaque using torches. They will learn that light travels in straight lines and sometimes bounces off from an object or material and that scientists call this reflection. There are frequent opportunities for observing and investigating how light behaves and how materials interact with light during this unit. The children will have the opportunity to investigate mirrors and how light reflects from plane, concave and convex mirrors. Working scientifically, children will then plan and undertake an investigation to answer the question, ‘Do shadows stay the same throughout the day?’
In History, we are learning all about the Anglo-Saxons (including the Picts). The children will learn about the lives of people who lived in this period- how they lived, their homes, their jobs, what they ate and what they did for fun. They will discuss how we know about the lives of people who lived so long ago, and learn about primary and secondary sources such as artefacts found at Sutton Hoo, places such as West Stow and the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. They will also look at religious beliefs of both the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, and how both were gradually converted from their Pagan beliefs to Christianity. They will learn about the monk and scholar, Bede the Venerable, who wrote a book about the English people and the church. In this unit, the children will also learn about the Picts and the Scots. They will discuss how historians find out about these people in the past, and how they engage in historical debate, such as what the symbols on Pictish Stones can tell us.
In Geography, we are learning about rivers. In the first lesson of this unit children will learn the basic journey of a river from its source to its mouth. They will learn that rivers change shape, size and capacity as they carry water to the sea. Then, building on this knowledge, children will apply it in different contexts, identifying rivers in the UK and around the world and studying their features. One of the key aspects of rivers for children to understand is that they bring life. In this unit, children will learn about the Indus Valley Civilisation, an Ancient Civilisation that grew along the banks of the Indus River in Asia. This draws parallels with people settling along the River Nile, which is studied in the KS2 History unit: Ancient Egypt. The rivers studied in this unit include the following UK rivers; The Thames, The Mersey, The Tyne. Then children will study the following world rivers; The Nile, The Amazon, The Yangtze, The Ob, The Indus, The Ganges, The Mississippi and the Murray. As the National Curriculum requires, children will be using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate the rivers, the countries they journey through and to describe their features, particularly their shape and direction of travel.
In Art, we are learning about art in Ancient Egypt. The children learn that the art of ancient Egypt includes sculpture, paintings on papyrus and walls as well as buildings. Much of the art that we have from ancient Egypt is from tombs and the children learn that the artwork that remains shows us not only about what the ancient civilisation believed about the afterlife but also about how they lived, how they were ruled and the power of the pharaohs. The children study in detail the Great Sphinx of Giza, the bust of Nefertiti and the representation of Egyptian gods and goddesses. They create their own sphinx from clay, use mixed media to make Egyptian collars and draw Egyptian gods and goddesses in profile on their own homemade papyrus.
In PSHE, we are learning anti-bullying. This will see the children exploring friendships and falling out, what we mean by bullying, the causes and types of bullying and how bullying may affect us.
In RE, we are learning about what Christians learn from the Creation story.
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.
Below, you will find some useful resources to help with your child’s learning at home. These include parent information about SoundsWrite which is a phonics approach that we use in Reception, KS1 and Year 3 to support children with decoding and spelling. There are posters that demonstrate how we teach formal calculation methods as well as information showing the end of year expectations for spelling, puncuation and grammar.
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