Curriculum - Spring Term
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Unit 3 - In this unit the children will study the poems 'Goodnights Stroud' by Pie Corbett and 'Last Night, I saw the city Breathing' by Andrew Fusek Peters which have been chosen for their similar themes, strong imagery, rich vocabulary and use of powerful personification. The outcome of the unit will be for the children to compose a free verse poem. The non-fiction part of the unit is linked to the 'cities' theme of the poetry and explores persuasive writing.
Unit 4 - This unit explores the work of the author Jeremy Strong, focusing on one of his short stories. The children are encouraged to use this and other examples of his work to find out about his style. They explore how he creates his stories as a series of humorous episodes with pace and excitement. The children will use various techniques to help the understand how to create characters and dialogue. The children will plan and write their own episode that continues a story. In the non-fiction week, the children will examine the difference between biography and autobiography.
Our topic for this term is Pharaohs. We will be travelling back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. WE will be cruising along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. We will be findong out about life on the river's fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.
We will unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, use historical sources to help with our writing and will be finding out about age-old artefacts. We will also be meeting some powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods along the way! We will become an apprentice and work for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. It is here that we will help him prepare a body for its journey in to the afterlife!
During this topic we will have many focuses. We will be writing chronological reports, be producing fact files, be immersed in Egypt to write a mystery story and produce a play script to perform to the year group. We will be drawing artefacts, writing Hieroglyphics and making spectacular headwear fit for a king. We will travel up the Nile and note the human and physical features of Egypt in Geography and look at the customs and beliefs of Egyptian citizens.
We will also be working on our Pharaoh assembly and hope to see you there! Look out for the date on our calendar in due course!
Properties and Changes of Materials - This ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ unit will teach the class about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best thermal insulator to make a lunch box, making predictions and forming conclusions. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the best electrical conductor, in the context of making floodlights brighter. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in their own investigations. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in two exciting investigations to create new materials, including casein plastic and carbon dioxide.
Forces - This ‘Forces’ unit will teach the class about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams. They will find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity, completing a comprehension about his life and his work. The children will look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton metres to measure the force of gravity. Furthermore, they will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore friction, developing their own brake pad for a tricycle. Finally, they will find out about different mechanisms, including levers, gears and pulleys, and will design their own marvellous machine