Our topic this term is:-
Summer Term 2021: Helpful Heroes
In this topic our class reader is 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo; a beautiful story of true friendship in the worst of all wars - World War 1. Gaining inspiration from this moving novel children will explore varous genres of writing including non-chronological report writing, persuasive writing, letter and diary writing and poetry. They will experience models of good writing and use these to help them plan, draft, edit and compose final pieces of high-quality work developing their grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
In history, they will undertake a study of World War 1 and its impact on the life of people at the time using primary resources such as photographs, letters sent by the soldiers who were on the front line and newspaper reports of key events at the time.
In geography, children will be looking at variation within the UK; comparing key geographical features of Tow Law to other towns and locations further enhancing their mapping and graphicacy skills.
In DT, we will explore some of the food available to people diuring both World War 1 and 2, the impact of rationing on nutrition and health and they will write their own wartime inspired recipes. Art will focus on making a 3D clay model of either a World War 1 soldier or a war horse and they will go on to look at the work of Henry Moore, who was recruited as an official war artist and produced his now famous drawings of people sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz of World War 2.
ICT will focus on computer science and e-safety; the children will learn how to use the internet safely when undertaking research, how to build effective powerpoint presentations to present their findings and undertake software programming using Scratch and Kodu. In modern foreign languages, they will learn how to describe themselves using simple phrases in French; beginning to develop more complex sentences. The chidlren will explore misical processes, listening to well-known and less familiar pieces of music, to look at the role of tempo, pitch and timbre in creating atmosphere.
In PE we will be hopefully getting outdoors more as the weather improves developing our orienteering skills and taking part in athletics activities whilst in science cildren will be finding out about static electricty and how lightning storms are formed.
Spellings will be set on a Monday and tested on a Friday; children are expected to read at home and complete homework tasks that gain points towards the end of term certifcates. It is expected that children will hand in their homework books on a weekly basis on a Friday and the books will then be returned to them on a Monday. This term our PE day is Monday.
Welcome to Class 4
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.
Computing 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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