In the topic ‘Myths and Legends’ our class reader this term will be The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave; a magical story about friendship, adventures, myths and courage. Gaining inspiration from this the children will explore various genres of writing including non-chronological report writing, giving balanced arguments and the planning, drafting and editing and writing of adventure stories.
This will be enhanced in history with a study of Ancient Greece using primary sources and representations to enhance their understanding of events and people from different parts of the world.
In geography children will undertake a detailed study of the continent of Europe discovering the many countries that make up this continent as well as learning about some of its unique features such as climate zones, biomes, rivers and mountain ranges.
In DT the children will research mechanical toys before designing and making their own mechanical toy of a flaming dragon. Art will focus on the skill of drawing exploring how to represent the figurative form in movement and expressing tone, texture and 3D representation.
ICT this term will be focussed on E-safety; children will learn how to protect their online reputation, create strong passwords, build positive digital footprints, critically evaluate media and build positive, healthy online relationships.
In music the focus will be on the transference of speech patterns onto drums, combining beat, rhythm and tempo, identifying cyclic patterns, altering and embellishing patterns, creating new patterns and performing and appraising compositions.
In games they will begin to understand the function of pivot, identify their own strengths and weaknesses, move with a ball with speed and accuracy and employ successful defence and attack strategies whilst in Science they will undertake a personal enquiry into the role played by different famous scientists in the study of space, critically analysing information, teaching others and giving a presentation to their peers.
In class four the children are provided with homework books on Monday. They can choose an activity that they would like to do and then return the books on Friday to undertake guided self-marking.
The children are given spellings to learn on a Monday in preparation for a dictation test which will usually be on Friday. All of the words they are tested on are taken from the KS2 National Curriculum Spelling Appendix. Timestable testing will usually take place on a Friday.
The children should read their reading books to an adult every night and ask them to sign the reading diary. On completion of a book children will read to the teacher or TA and will need to demonstrate an understanding of what has been read by answering key questions correctly. We read in class in comprehension lessons where children are required to infer and deduce information from the text they have read. We also read our termly class reader each week.
Children are also expected to learn their times tables and are tested on a weekly basis.
PE in the Autumn Term will be on Thursday and will initally involve being coached in tag rugby skills; weather permitting, we will do PE outside so children may bring in a dark blue tracksuit to wear also. Children need to wear a PE kit and trainers and take earrings out at home. There is also the oppotunity to take part in football club after school.
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