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Curriculum - Autumn Term

In Maths this Autumn term we will be following our new Inspire Maths Scheme.  This is based on a Singapore approach to maths, which encourages children to develop mastery and deepen their understanding of key concepts.  We will be focussing first of all on number and place value and encouraging children to develop strategies through the use of concrete resources such as numicon.  Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will underpin everything we do in maths.  It would be beneficial for children to practise learning the 3 and 4 times tables in preparation for this. 

In Literacy and Language we will be exploring the unit Sand Wizards, a tale about friendship.  We will be focussing on creating moods and settings such as at the seaside, and will be using adverbs, inverted commas and adverbials of time to make our writing interesting to the reader.  Our other fiction unit A Tune of Lies will remind us about the importance of being honest, and will introduce children to the features of play scripts. 

Our non-fiction units this term will focus on information texts and writing instructions.  We love it when children bring examples in to share with the class so if you are out and about on any trips then please pick up a leaflet or two.  Similarly if you are following a recipe or playing a game at home then please talk about the instructions with your child.

We will be extending our literacy skills across all areas of the curriculum and through our topic Heroes and Villains.  Children will get opportunities to write descriptions of their favourite fairy tale characters and provide alternative endings for some of their favourite fairy tales.

Autumn 1 – Plants 

In our 'Plants' unit children will learn everything they need to know about plants. They will learn the names of different parts of plants, and the jobs they do. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate what plants need to grow well, and will present their findings to their peers. Furthermore, they will have chance to predict what will happen in an exciting investigation into the transportation of water within plants. Through practical exploration they will identify the parts of a flower, and will explore the different stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Autumn 2 – Light and dark
In Science we will be exploring about Light and Dark, reflections and shadows. We will learn about different sources of light, as well which are the best reflective materials. We will be designing a brand new outfit for a cyclist to help them to seen and safe at night. A key focus will be developing their scientific enquiry skills, as well as how well they can make observations, predictions and conclusions.

Through our topic work children will explore some rebel heroes and musical phenomenons such as Vivaldi and muhammad Ali. The children will also be looking at Gods and Mortals - 'Ancient Greece' and the way they lived. Comparing past and present buildings, currency, democracy and general way of life. 

This term we will focus on Judaism and learn about the key people and concepts behind the religion.  We will embrace opportunities to write about our special people and special places too.

This term all the children will have the fantastic opportunity to work with Mr Brown and learn some Samba! They will learn how to read music, pick out a rhythm and listen out for different pitches in music.  All the children will perform a Samba piece with 5 independent parts, including a 3:2 clave rhythm and complex call and response. They will have experience playing surdu drums, tambourims, aaogos, cowbells, claves and shakers.

Art and Design
In Art and Design we will be making puppets, flip books, sculptures, portraits and painting still life pictures. We will link this in through our topic focus Gods and Mortals - 'Ancient Greece'. We will celebrate our work by contributing to our classroom displays and publish pictures on our Twitter news feed, so follow us to keep up to date.