Curriculum - Autumn Term
In Maths we will be focusing on our understanding of place value and number. This term we will explore addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using formal written methods. To see what else we will be explaining please see the image below.
We will be continuing with our Literacy and Language Programme. This term we will be covering Units 1 and 2.In Unit 1 the children will study the story of Prometheus and Pandora. It has been chosen for its strong mythological themes and characteristics. Children will analyse the importance of different characters to the development of the story and the role of the narrator as storyteller. Differences between oral and written storytelling will also be explored. The Non-fiction section of Unit 1 will develop the children's understanding of the features of instructional writing. They will analyse, evaluate and write instructions.
Unit 2 uses the story Bling! (a modern retelling of the King Midas myth) to focus on how a dilemma can be driving force of a narrative. The children will pick apart the dilemma, explore the writer's craft in creating characters of different status and empathise with the main character's dilemma. The outcome of the unit will be for the children to compose an ending to the story through writing a diary and a newspaper report of the same event. The Non-fiction links to this through exploring the difference in a first person recount.
As part of our Essential English lesson, we will be working on various grammar to support our Units of work. For example this term we will be focussing on personification, first person, synonyms, adjectival phrases and past tense.
Our Cornerstones topic this term is Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. The Unit looks at 14th Century England and covers events such as the Peasants Revolt, Black Death and the Knights Code of Conduct. The children will also look at the spread of the plague across Europe using map skills in Geography and will reproduce the medieval London landscape using printing techniques in art.
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This term the children will study the Unit ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. This unit will teach your child about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. They will recap their work in Year 3 by playing a game to name the parts of a flower. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. Furthermore, the children will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles. Finally, the children will explore the life cycles of birds, and will write and star in their own wildlife documentary comparing the life cycles of different living things.
Unit 2 - Animals including humans - This unit focuses on the changes that human beings experience as they develop to old age. It tackles some sensitive subjects including puberty and death. Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur. The final investigation will be about the changes to the body as humans get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals.