Invaders and Settlers
We will start by looking at the author Lewis Carroll and using the poem Jabberwocky to look at how Lewis Carroll uses language to enhance writing. Then, using our class text, Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo, we will immerse ourselves in the writer’s style, analysing and unpicking his sentence structures and language used to invent our own piece of writing.
Our topic this term is Invaders and Settlers. We will learn all about the raids and invasions by Vikings in Anglo-Saxon Britain. The children will learn who the Vikings were as well as when and where they raided and settled. They will learn about significant events from the period and order these chronologically on a timeline. The children will find out about the Anglo-Saxon kings who ruled during the ‘Viking Age’ and examine their influence and significance in British history. In addition to this, they will learn about the Anglo-Saxon justice system and compare and contrast crimes, punishments and laws with their modern day equivalents. The children will also have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of everyday Viking life. They will explore the types of houses that the Vikings lived in, what clothes they wore and even what types of food they ate.
In the first half term, our Science topic will be ‘Forces’ where the children will learn all about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams. They will find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity, completing a comprehension about his life and his work. The children will look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton metres to measure the force of gravity. Furthermore, the children will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat.
To prepare for our Spring term topic, we will also be having a ranger from Chester Zoo to tell our class more about life cycles as well as giving us some experiences of seeing different animals and learning all about the zoo.
The children will continue their work with Love Music Trust.
Art Design and Technology
This term the children will work with Mrs Guildford towards their art award. We will also make Viking longboats and Viking shields.
The children will continue to use ICT as part of their everyday lesson; however, this term we will be looking if we really do know who we are
Our topics are ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Say No to Bullying’. The children will also continue to access the KiVa program, helping them to deal with issues arising from conflict and bullying.
This term the children will be learning about Values and Beliefs for Christians and Harvest. The children will be comparing these to their own values and beliefs as well as looking at what is important to them. We will also be learning about Christian charities and Christmas.
The children will take part in two P.E lessons a week; one being Swimming. Therefore they will need to have their P.E kit in school all week. Both indoor and outdoor kits will be needed this term and please ensure that all items are labelled.
Weekly homework will be to be handed out on a Thursday and will be expected to be handed back in the following Wednesday. Homework will be My Maths, Times Tables Rockstars, Read Theory and SPAG.COM the activities can be completed at school during lunch if you don’t have access to the internet at home.
The children will write their spellings in their planners on a Monday. These spellings will be tested the following Monday. It is expected that the children practise their spellings at home. The children are also expected to read at home each night and their planners are to be signed by the adult who has listened to them read