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Curriculum - Spring Term

In Inspire Maths next term we will be focussing on multiplication.  It would be beneficial if children could learn the 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 timetables in preparation for this.  Children will have the opportunity to use concrete resources and visual representations to deepen their understanding of multiplication and division.  Children will then be required to link learning to problem solving scenarios. 

In Literacy and Language we will be exploring the mystery story Smash and Grab.  Children will explore how authors create mystery and suspense in their writing, and use similar techniques in their own writing.  Our other fiction unit The Enchantress of the Sands explores folk tales and stories from a variety of cultures.  Children will explore the key features, settings and dramatic language used in folk tales and will apply these to their own writing.

Our non-fiction units this term will focus on non-chronological reports and auto/biographies  Children will use written and audio resources to help plan their writing, with support We love it when children bring examples to share with the class so if you come across any examples of these texts at home or when out and about  then please bring them in.

We will be extending our literacy skills across all areas of the curriculum and through our topic Extreme Earth.  Children will get opportunities to write instructions for an archaeological dig, historical recounts and fact files.

Spring 1 – Animals and Humans 

Later on in this term we will be learning all about food chains and how animals can be predators (villains too). We will focus on how our muscles and skeletons work and ways to stay fit and healthy.

Spring 2 - Forces and Magnets

This term we will be exploring the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. We will be finding out which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing. We will be exploring how magnets repel and attract and sorting items into magnetic and non-magnetic groups.

If you were a metal which one would you be? Maybe you are not a metal at all but a force to be reckoned with!

Through our topic work Tribal Tales children will step back in time to prehistoric Britain.  They will discover what life was like 5000 years ago and learn how people of Britain developed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  They will take on the role of ancient hunters and unearth ancient objects and mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time.

Later in the term children will explore the dangers of historical natural disasters.  They will visit the ancient historical city of Pompeii, frozen in time under a blanket of ash.  They will learn what it was like to live in the town that saw one of the deadliest, overwhelming disasters in history.

Children will develop fieldwork skills through exploring maps and aerial images of prehistoric sites.  They will decide which places an archaeologist would consider worth investigating and why.  They will develop sorting skills and research their own lines of enquiry linking to the Stone Age.  

Later in the term children will explore the earth under their feet, through learning about: the layers of the earth; how volcanoes are made; and what causes an earthquake to occur.

In Religious Education the children will learn and gain new knowledge about Hinduism and the culture behind its name. The children will gain a better understanding of what Hinduism is and how this religion has its similarities and differences to other religions and cultures. Children learn about who founded Hinduism, where it was founded and where Hindus live in the world today. They will also learn from some of their Hindu peers.
Art and Design
In Art and Design we will research, design and create ancient hunting tools that meet the needs of a stone age hunter.  We will also consider the designs and patterns within natural prehistoric sites such as the stone circles.  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.