Spring Term 2018
Children are continuing to develop and consolidate their learning in many areas of maths. We will be covering topics on shape, space and measure, number and calculating and data handling. The children will continue to practice their written and mental calculations through lessons and arithmetic tests. We are continuing to heavily focus on the rapid recall of times tables.
During the Spring term in Literacy, our topic will be World War 2. The children will be studying a book called ‘Friend or Foe’ to support them in completing their written work exploring a range of text types. This book will help to develop their knowledge and understanding of the life and experiences had by people who lived during World War 2 as well as capture their imagination. Meanwhile we will continue to develop our skills in reading, spelling and grammar.
In Science we are looking at electricity, considering which materials conduct and which can’t. Children will enjoy a hands on approach, creating their circuits using batteries, bulbs, switches and buzzers. We will also investigate the use of electricity and how important it can be to modern society. Children will be taught the symbols to use in circuit diagrams and how to use these skills to design a circuit and predict what will happen before they build and test it.
In Topic this term we are looking at the Second World War and how it affected the people living in the UK. We will start by looking at Britain in the 1930s and how the downturn in the economy affected lots of working people. We will then look at the causes of the War before going on to consider the plight of evacuees who were taken from their homes to the countryside or even other countries. We will also look at rationing and the way that the Blitz caused damage to lots of British cities. Finally we will look at Britain and Europe in the aftermath of the war.
The children will continue to practice their ocarinas and develop their understanding of musical notation this term. Linking to this term’s Topic lessons the children will learn the song Victory in Europe which is based on the 1st Movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and will add pitched and unpitched parts. They will learn about the Morse code and sing the song ‘Evacuate!’
In RE we are looking at Hinduism, considering the roots of the religion and the Hindu Gods that are central to those who follow the religion. We will look at the places that Hindus meet to celebrate their beliefs and the important aspects of the religion. The lessons will be linked to the local community and we will look at the Mandir in Peterborough. Later in the term we will look at a number of other religions and investigate the importance of art in religion.
In PSHE, the topic is Hygiene. This will cover a variety of areas, such as good personal hygiene, the correct way to wash and how often, as well as how fast germs can spread if they are not prevented. Activities such as germ trails, ‘brush your teeth’ raps and washing hands board games will be completed to make their learning even more fun. To end the unit, the children will be creating their own hygiene quiz.
In Art this term our focus will be sculpture, investigating a range of works and considering the way that artists choose to depict their ideas. Our work will be based around the famous sculptor Giacometti, whose work is displayed in famous galleries around the world. We will use his famous elongated figures as a basis for the children’s own work.
Our PE lessons will give children the chance to sequence their movements through dance. The children will be given the opportunity to evaluate their own performances and consider how they can improve it week on week. Meanwhile for outdoor PE we will be playing basketball, netball and football, thinking of ways to improve personal skills as well as team tactics.
In our Design Technology unit this term we will be basing our work on “make do and mend” linking to the way that people managed during the Second World War. We will look at techniques on how to adapt old clothing to use it again. We will then evaluate our work to assess how successful we were in our designs.
Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to looking at how to research online safely while also considering the voracity of what is available on the world wide web. The children will consider spoof websites and also the unreliability of certain areas of the internet and work out ways to cross check the information that is found online. We will then look at ways that the internet can be used for communication and how this works using computer networks spread around the world.