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Curriculum- Autumn Term

Maths

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.

Literacy

In our first Literacy and Language unit the children will be reading ‘Lost or Stolen?’ by Narinder Dhami to explore the themes of relationships, suspicion and trust. Opportunities for writing will involve using a story ‘roller coaster’ to plan and write a new chapter for the story.

We will also be writing poems using personification within our second unit of work. The children will play with poetic techniques such as, repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme and free verse.

Our grammar focus this term will be using fronted adverbials, commas, inverted commas and presenting dialogue.

We will also be writing letters, reports, diary extracts and taking notes through our curriculum topics such as History, Geography and Science.

We will post images of our time during our lessons to share with you soon - keep an eye out on Twitter!

Science

Autumn 1 – Living things and their habitats –In this unit the children explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. This unit also introduces children to the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout the unit children work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.

Autumn 2-Animals including humans and teeth -This unit focuses on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. Children will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, they will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.

 

History

This term we will looking at our Raiders and Traders topic, which aims to teach the children about the impact the Roman Empire had on life in Britain. They will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will explore in detail, some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bath-houses. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. Researching about the different gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people.

This fascinating topic Raiders and Traders will also provide an opportunity for the children to develop their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 through studying this aspect of social history. The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. It also allows the children to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt in this unit, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past.

Art

Our topic this term will focus on the history of mosaics. The children will be looking at the life of a gladiator and look at mosaics depicting gladiator scenes. They will discuss what the mosaics show and they will design their own mosaic tile. The children will also be researching Hadrian’s wall and recreating a picture using only their fingers to paint the image!

Geography

They will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads, which the children will locate on maps. In addition to this they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine and plot on a map its location.

RE

This Buddhism unit will teach the children about key aspects of the Buddhist faith. The children will work creatively to enhance their learning experience. They will find out where Buddhism originated, about special places linked to Buddhism and about key festivals in Buddhist life. The children will also learn about symbols in Buddhism, the Buddhist holy book and the main beliefs held by Buddhists. On the lead up to Christmas we will be looking at the role of Angels and Shepherds. 

Music

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 Surdudrums, Tambourims, Agogos, cowbells, clavesand shakers.