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Spring Term 2019

Our two topics this term are Castles and RobotsA flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.

Castles

During this topic we will be exploring Traditional tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  We will be reading these stories first before retelling them in our own words. We will deconstruct the stories, splitting them into beginning, middle and end. We will continue to learn how to write extended sentences, using descriptive language and conjunctions.

Our Numeracy focus for the first half term will be fractions, division and multiplication, and we will focus on real life problem solving and mathematics in everyday life. We will extend the range of numbers we work with and learn more about the number system.

Also during this topic will explore the different types of castles, including the Motte and Bailey and Stone Keep styles.  We will discuss advantages and disadvantages of each style and if they are still around today.  As part of this topic we will compare castles with homes we live in today.  We will explore where castles were built and why, as well as looking for the ideal place to build a castle in Hampton.  We will also find out which materials are more suitable for castles.  For Art we will learn about shields and coat of arms before designing and making our own personal shields.

Robots

After half term we will be looking at a variety of non-fiction texts including instructions and non-chronological reports, looking at how they are organised and the language used.  This will help us to write detailed and precise instructions, as well as create our own non-chronological reports all about materials using the features of non-fiction.  We will also read a variety of poems before creating our own.

Throughout the term in Numeracy we will complete various practical activities, written activities and mental maths tasks.  We will extend our mental maths skills as continue to learn our times tables and number bonds then practise using these in our problem solving.

We will continue to find out about materials, investigating which materials are suitable for making robots.  We will find out about how some materials can be recycled and made into new materials.  We will explore how this can help to save the environment.

As part of this topic we will program a robot toy to move by giving it a precise set of instructions.  We will also recap how to stay safe on line by reading stories and singing songs. We will also find out about how different religions celebrate festivals.

During DT we will get the opportunity to design, make and evaluate our own robot models.  We will learn the skills to be able to play rounders such as throwing and catching during PE.