In the topic ‘Inspirational Women’ our class will begin with a study of Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountaineer who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and went on to ascend all the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. They will conduct independent research to find out about her fascinating life and go on, in English, to develop their writing skills by writing a biography. Our class reader this term will be Michael Morpurgo’s novel King of the Cloud Forests – an exciting piece of fiction that tells the gripping story of a boy and his uncle’s daring escape across the Himalayas. Gaining inspiration from this they will explore various genres of writing including character profiles, descriptive settings and poetry.
To further develop an understanding of mountain environments the children will, in their Geography lessons, find out where the world’s mountain ranges are located, investigate the features of such environments and go on to conduct a case study of tourism in the Lake District.
In Art, the children will find out about the art work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, famous for their environmental projects such as Valley Curtain and Wrapped Coast. This will work will be used to inspire and inform their own production of a piece of ‘mountain’ sculpture albeit on a much smaller scale!
Following last term’s study of the Anglo-Saxons children will, this term, find out about the Vikings with a particular focus on Viking women such as the Viking explorer Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir and Sigrid the Proud. In DT the children will investigate slipper designs with a view to designing and making their own pair of Viking slippers; producing an initial plan to show their ideas and going on to evaluate their finished work.
ICT this term will be focussed on programming with Year 5 using the Scratch programme to develop their computing skills and Year 6 the Kodu programme. They will also continue to use their digital literacy skills such as publisher, excel, power point presentations and word processing across various curriculum areas. In Modern Foreign Languages they will continue to extend their vocabulary and learning how to compose, write and speak sentences by continuing their study of how to order food in a typical French Café; children will enjoy games, rhymes and role play to develop their skills in mastering further French vocabulary. In Music children will explore how to project their singing voices and will go on to compose, in groups, their own Viking Saga songs.
Our Science topics will be ‘Changing States’ and ‘Forces’ and the children will find out about how solids, liquids and gases change states in the water cycle and how forces operate in on objects in the water. In P.E. children explore balance and counter tension and work in groups to produce their own gymnastic sequence whilst in their games lessons they will learn about tactics for throwing and catching and defending and attacking in the topic ‘Wide Attack’.
In class four the children get their homework books on a Wednesday. They can choose an activity that they would like to do and then return the books on a Monday to be marked.
The children get spellings to learn on a Thursday in preparation for a dictation test which will usually be Tuesday the following week. 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. A quiz is taken to demonstrate an understanding of what has been read. We expect that they attain over 80% otherwise the book needs to be re-read. 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 PE will be on Thursday and will initally involve being coached in 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 plimsolls and take earrings out at home.
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