Reading will be taught as a whole-class lesson. We will be using When we were Warriors to answer comprehension and inferential questions.
In writing, the children will be using Letters from the Lighthouse as stimulus to write a variety of genres: missing person’s report, character descriptions, diary entry, newspaper report and a recount. There will also be stand-alone spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons during the week.
We will also look at war poetry linked to our reading sessions and topic work.
Please ensure your child reads regularly at home as it is one of the best ways to improve their writing.
This term Maths’ lessons will consist of: place value of numbers to 1,000,000 and negative numbers. The children will be using larger numbers when calculating with the four operations. They will learn properties of numbers including factors, multiples, primes, squares and cubes. This will then lead on to calculating with fractions. The children will then learn about coordinates, the four quadrants, translations and reflections.
It is important that the children continue to play TTRockstars to keep their skills sharp. Homework will be set using mymaths.co.uk.
During this term our Science sessions will be about the circulatory system, including the functions of the heart. We will look at the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on our bodies. We will also be leaning about electricity: the effects of voltages, comparing variations in components and recognising symbols.
Our main topic this term is World War II and The Battle of Britain. We will learn about how this was a significant turning point in British history. We will then look at the experiences of children who were evacuated and how the war affected people and life in Britain. Throughout the topic we will use our mapping skills to find about how land usage has changed over time.
Our DT project will be to design and create an air-raid shelter. Linked to our Science, we will be constructing torches. In art we will be producing artwork which conveys a message.
This term we are learning about the importance of secure password, cracking codes and the history of computers.
Our lessons in music will be about recognising different styles. This will lead to us creating an improvised piece of music.
During the term, we will be learning about Christian values and beliefs. We will look at Christian charities and finally comparing Christmas stories.
In French, we will revisit key vocabulary associated with the weather and seasons. We will work towards holding a simple conversation of at least 4-5 exchanges.
Our PSHCE sessions will be about families and friendships; recognising and managing pressure; respecting ourselves and others.
The children’s PE session will be on a Thursday. This term there will be a focus on Football and Netball. We also have the fantastic opportunity to have swimming lessons for the first 3 weeks. Due to the current situation, please ensure your child comes in to school wearing their names PE kit on these days.
English, Maths and Spelling homework will be given out weekly which will be set online via Google Classroom. Reading at home should be daily.