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Curriculum - Spring Term

Curriculum - Spring Term

Maths

In Maths this term we will be focusing on our telling the time and understanding the concept of seconds, minutes and hours.  Children will be expected to tell the time using an analogue clock to the nearest minute and also using a 12 hour and 24 hour digital clock.

We will continue to follow the Inspire Maths approach so children will be encouraged to use concrete resources, problem solving and reasoning.  We will also encourage children to talk in 'maths sentences' to develop their oracy skills and will continue daily maths meetings to help rehearse and embed other key maths skills such as number recognition and mental arithmetic.

After half term we will be focussing on area and perimeter.  Please can you help prepare children by encouraging them to tell the time and measure at home too.

Literacy

We will be continuing with our Literacy and Language Programme. This term we will study the poems ‘Goodnight 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 children will complete a free verse poem about a classroom and school playground coming to life at night.  The Non-fiction section is linked to the ‘cities’ theme of poetry and explores persuasive writing.  Children will write a presentation persuading residents to agree to plans for building a football stadium.

After half-term we explore the work of the author Jeremy Strong, focusing on one of his short stories.  The children will be encouraged to use this and other examples of his work to find out about his style.  They will explore how he uses humour, pace and excitement and will write their own episode of This is NOT a Fairy Tale.  In the non-fiction week, children will write a short biography of Jeremy Strong for the back cover of one of his books.

Creative Curriculum

Our Cornerstones topic this term is Pharaohs. We will travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt, cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Children will find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. They will unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts and find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! 

Science

Earth and Space - How do we know the earth is round?  What if…there is life on Mars?  Children will learn about the structure of the Solar System including the heliocentric model and the geocentric model.  We will explore the work and ideas of many astronomers, including Galileo’s work on understanding how planets stayed in orbit.

After half-term we will be focussing on Animals including humans and will be following the journey from childhood into adulthood.  This will be accompanied by a PSHE Workshop on changes.

Click on the links to see our knowledge Organisers for Spring Term.