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Autumn Term Learning Overview
Welcome back after summer!
Our topic for this half term is Water. In History we will be learning about Christopher Colombus and in Geography we will be looking at and creating our own maps. As part of Art we will be creating different seascapes using acrylic, water colour and ink. In Science we have started to investigate water through lots of Scientific investigations.
As part of our poetry work we will be designing our own calligrams. This is where the writing is made to look like the word. The children will be drawing these and using different programs on the computer to create them. For non-Fiction, we will be writing explanation texts of a basic water cycle. For fiction writing we will be describing under water mythical creatures, inventing our own creatures and writing stories about them.
In Maths, we will be learning to count forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 5 and 10, recall one more and one less and 10 more and 10 less than a given number and know odd and even numbers. We will learn to partition (split) numbers in different ways to support with addition and subtraction. We will recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and practise making coin values. We will also be doing lots of practical Maths, to support our topic such as capacity and data handling.
This half term, we’re looking forward to an exciting new topic on London. Within our London topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography and Art.
In History, we will be learning about the Great Fire of London, why it happened, why Samuel Pepys is famous and what changes came about as a result of the fire.
In Art we will be sketching different buildings in London paying particular attention to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard. In Geography, we will be looking at different landmarks in London and comparing these to other landmarks in different continents. We will be learning the capital cities of the UK and the continents of the world and plotting these on maps. In Computing, I will be using the Purple Mash program to teach the children how to make pictograms, search databases to answer simple questions and construct a binary tree. We will also be making music digitally. In English, we will be learning about the features of non-fiction books and learning to use glossaries, contents and index pages. We will also be writing our own information books on the Great Fire of London.
We designed and made our own houses from 1666 to recreate the Great Fire of London.
Welcome back after the Christmas break. This term’s new topic will be Space.
We had lots of fun in space day, we had space station drama workshop, made slime, make planet cookies and lots of other space crafts!
In Art we used oil pastels to create the solar system. We had to make sure we drew them in the correct order.
In History we will be learning about the Great Space Race and the first moon landing. As part of working scientifically, we will be testing vehicles and how they move over different materials to help support our Design and Technology project. We will also be researching the planets of our solar system. In Design and Technology, we will be designing and making a vehicle that could be used in space. Computing this half term will focus on online safety and effective searching.
We have started to make out space vehicles. Here we are making our chassis by measuring and sawing the wood to stick together.
In English we will be learning to write a recount of the first moon landing using the information, we have gathered using books, iPads and other secondary sources. We will be making an information page for a class book on a planet of our choice. Both of these require the children to understand the difference when writing for fiction and non-fiction. We will focus on tense, adverbs of time to sequence and noun phrases that add detail. In Maths we will be covering a range of topics including fractions, money and time. We will be continuing to practise, to add, subtract and multiply and count forwards and backwards in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s starting from different numbers.
We created our own planets using mod-roc. First we designed our planet then put mod-roc on a balloon, then we used tissue paper to decorate them and finally we choose a spaceship, ring, flag or astronaut to stick on our planet.
We went to St Mary's Church.
We created fact files about our favourite planets in the solar system.
In Green class this half term we’re looking forward to an exciting new topic on Castles. Within our castle topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art. In History we will be learning who built the first castles in the UK and why, who lived in medieval castles and how the use of castles has changed over time.
We choose someone who used to live in medieval castles and created a bust of them out of clay.
In Geography we will be finding out why castles were built on hills, which land features make castles easier to defend, naming and locating the capital cities of the UK and their castles and designing and using simple maps and keys. In art we will be using lines to create pictures in the style of the Bayeux tapestry and to create a picture in the style of the Buck Brothers engravings.
This term we have Mr Westmore every Wednesday morning for Computing we are going to be games testers. We will be testing simple games and changing the algorithms to make the games easier and more difficult to play. In D.T we will be making our own castle, we will design and make mechanisms for our castles
In English we’ll be reading alternative versions of the traditional tale Rapunzel and writing our own versions of this. The children are being encouraged to select interesting adjectives to describe characters and settings and sequence their writing using adverbs of time. You can support your child at home by looking for this language when reading with your child.
In Maths we will be learning to add and subtract numbers within 100 using a variety of strategies including number lines, number squares, equipment and drawing pictures to represent the problem. Following that we will be learning the different coin values, how to represent money using the pound and pence symbols, finding different ways to make the same coin value and solving problems relating to money.
We went to Hitchin museum, we took part in a castles workshop and learnt about how castles were built and we looked at artefacts from that time.