Autumn Term 2017
We are focussing on our problem solving skills and ensuring the children have all the skills they need to tackle tricky questions. Arithmetic and written calculations are a focus and we are working hard on practicing the strategies that are both quick and accurate. Learning to apply these skills will also be at the heart of our learning with a range of problem solving activities. Understanding how to unpick worded problems is an important part of this work, helping us to find the maths that hides behind these questions.
We are continuing to build up a range of different writing styles to suit different genres and purposes. We will use books and texts, linking with our Topic of Water to create cross curricular links. There are even more opportunities to write independently this term covering all manner of writing styles as well as fiction, explanation texts and instructions. We are also looking at spelling patterns and our use of grammar and punctuation. The grammar, punctuation and spelling test that the children will sit next May is helping to focus our learning.
This term the children will be investigating materials and how they change. First we will begin by testing the properties of materials, before looking at how materials dissolve, what a solution is, and evaporation. Finally the children will compare reversible and irreversible changes. We will be conducting many fun experiments such as ‘Elephant Foam’ and making materials react in ways that give off heat, noise and gases.
Our Topic lessons come with a geography focus this term as we consider all things linked to water. We are asking the question, “Why is water so important?” and researching parts of the world where clean water is difficult to come by and thinking about how this affects everyday life. There is also an opportunity to look at extreme weather conditions, linked to water, and how this can also affect those who live there and how it changes the environment over time.
Our RE focus this term is Christianity and the Bible. We will investigate the way that the Bible is presented and consider some of the key stories that can be found within its pages. We will also consider the different genres of stories that are in the Bible and the lessons it provides to Christians on how to live their lives.
Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover “going for gold”. This will enable us to consider ways that we select personal targets as well as developing techniques for monitoring our own progress and ensuring we always do our best. This includes not just school work but opportunities for excelling outside school.
Going hand in hand with our Water theme this term, we are creating our very own water colour paintings. Among the artists that we are using to inspire our work will be Claude Monet and his iconic Water Lily pond painting. We will work to create different effects with our water colours and utilise and improve our sketching skills in the process.
Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our teamwork and individual skills in football and tag rugby. Meanwhile, inside we will work on a variety of physical skills under the theme of agility. This will include developing speed, co-ordination and balance and will involve a series of fun and challenging activities using the equipment in the hall.
In our Design Technology unit this term we will become boat builders, looking at the designs of boats around the world and making decisions on the types of materials and designs we could use for our own model. We will then develop ways of testing our design to ensure that it is capable of being fit for purpose.
Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to improving their computing skills. We are using a range of software and apps to improve the way we write sequences of instructions to achieve a given result. In particular we are using a piece of software called Scratch which allows us to become computer programmers and create animations and even mini-computer games.