Summer Term 2017
After a focus on reading comprehension and grammar, punctuation and spelling we are refocussing this term on independent writing. Thanks to our Science themes of Earth and Space we will have a range of topics to focus on both our fiction and non-fiction writing. Meanwhile we will continue to develop and show off a complete range of writing styles, including non-chronological reports, explanation texts, instructional texts as well as narratives and poetry.
During the summer term we are focussing on the skills needed to tackle the SATS in May. This includes arithmetic, problem solving and applying calculations. Once the SATS are over we will continue by preparing the children for Year 7 maths by ensuring they are able to use quick, compact and reliable methods of calculation. We will also look at applying maths to more real life problems and projects.
Our Science themes this term are Earth and Space and will include an in depth look at the solar system. We will consider the way in which our understanding of Space has evolved through history and build up our understanding of the scale of the planets and the relative size and position of each. Our activities will include creating ways of remembering the order of planets in the solar system as well as considering the relative size of the planets compared to the sun.
Our Topic lessons have a history focus this term as we look at ancient civilization and ancient worlds. Among these will be the Aztecs and we will consider the way in which the South American people created one of the most significant empires in history. We will compare the way in which ancient peoples such as the Ancient Greeks lived and consider how these differ from our own way of life. We will develop our skills in research and self-directed learning to build up our knowledge.
The children will learn a ‘scat’ song and invent alternative ostinati to accompany the song. They will explore lyrics and learn the song ‘Ode to the Ancient Greeks’. They will also learn some simple musical features of the blues and explore blues improvisation. There will then be a chance to create our own lyrics for a blues song about the Greeks and perform it to the class.
Our RE focus this term is Islam and we will begin by considering why Muslims call Muhammad the messenger of God. We will move on to studying the way in which the Qur’an is so fundamental to a Muslim’s belief and the part that the holy book plays in the religion. We will also take a more detailed look at the stories about Muhammad and consider the lessons these teach Muslims for the everyday lives.
Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover sex education. We will look at the changes in people’s bodies as they grow up as well the effect this has on our emotions and relationships with others. Among the lessons learned will be the importance of personal hygiene and the way we need to look after ourselves.
Aztec Art will form the basis of our lessons this term, looking closely at the symmetrical and intricate patterns that came out of South America at that time. The children will also learn the techniques necessary to create a piece of art from Batik. We will also work on our artistic techniques, including colour mixing and creating texture.
We will be developing our hand-eye co-ordination this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and work as a team. We will also work on improving our skills and potential with the bat, as well as playing lots of games. As the term progresses we will move on to athletics in preparation for sports day.
Our Design Technology unit this term will give us the chance to create our own Greek shoes. The process will begin with a close look at the styles of Greek shoes before going through the design, manufacture and assessment process. We will then look at ways of improving our final product.
In Computing we will again recap on the ways of staying safe online, considering our digital footprint and the importance of considering which kinds of information we put onto websites and social media. We will then move on to developing our skills in multi-media authoring, considering the ways in which we can impart knowledge and information using digital media. This will include considering the use of video, text, graphics and audio as well as creating interactive content.
Modern Foreign Languages.
The children will continue to develop their knowledge of the French language and culture this term. We will look at a range of new vocabulary while also practising our conversational French, listening and responding using the words we have learned.