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Autumn Term 2018-19


This term in Numeracy, we will begin by recapping on the four operations, learning and consolidating new methods to solve more challenging calculations. During the term there will be an emphasis on improving our mental maths skills and abilities in problem solving. Children will be expected to continue to learn their times tables in order to rapidly recall these facts. Other areas to be covered are fractions, shape, data handling, patterns and sequences.


During the first half term in Literacy. The children will use ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, to capture the children’s imagination and enhance their vocabulary and setting knowledge. We will be working hard on our spelling skills, considering rules and patterns to help us to spell tricky words. There will also be an emphasis on grammar and punctuation this term, learning the terms for different kinds of words and tenses.


In Science this term we are discovering about evolution and inheritance. Starting from the theories of Charles Darwin and other pioneering scientists we are investigating the way in which these theories have developed over the years. We will look at fossils, showing us how living things evolved across the millennia. We will move on after half term to look at forces and the way in which they have an effect on the world around us.


Our Topic lessons will include both Geography and History units. Initially we will look at the Ancient Egyptians, considering their place in history and investigating the way of life for both rich and poor citizens. After half term we are learning about modern day Egypt including its continued reliance on the River Nile to sustain both agriculture and tourism, two of its most important industries. We will also take a close look at the capital Cairo and the way it differs from British cities.


From body-popping and gospel-singing skeletons to swimming and cycling, the children will be taken through their pace. We will also put together a performance using new musical techniques. The children will learn the song ‘Amazing Egyptians’. They will also explore movie music from 1920s animated films to present day movies.


We begin our RE focus this term by looking at the way that Christians look to their beliefs to teach them how to behave. This includes famous Bible stories such as the Good Samaritan and the lessons this provides for believers of Christianity. We will then look at other religions such as Judaism and Islam and the guidance their followers receive as part of their faith.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover coping with our different emotions. This will include understanding the way that people to react to our words and behaviour as well as considering the ways in which we react to different situations. We will also consider our rights and responsibilities within school and within the wider community.


Our Art lessons will begin with a distinctive Egyptian theme, with a focus on canopic jars and the way they were decorated. We will then move on to looking at hieroglyphics and ways in which they were painted before considering ways of emulating the Egyptian tradition of using pictures to tell stories.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our teamwork and individual skills in football and tag rugby as well as improving our swimming skills with visits to the Regional Swimming Pool. 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 be designing and creating our very own Egyptian jewellery. This will include creating an Egyptian collar and bracelet. These will be created using a variety of skills and craft techniques. The children will then assess and review the finished products and consider how they could improve their work.


Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety the children will make full use of the netbooks and iPads to create eye catching brochures, texts and signs. We will also look at ways of creating animated texts that move and change in different ways on screen. There will also be an opportunity to improve our typing skills. The use of technology will also be deployed across the curriculum to support all our learning.