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Summer Term 2018


During the summer term in Maths, we will recap over topics already covered this year that will embed and further our knowledge. In addition to this, the children will be using the four operations by applying them to word problems and investigations both inside and outside the classroom. Time, shape, position and movement are just a few of the topics also being learnt.


From our topic of Extreme Earth we will be using our knowledge of the area to complete Literacy tasks. The children will be writing short stories, non- chronological reports and explanation text based around our planet. We will be reading a selection of the ‘Horrible Geography’ books by Anita Ganeri and reading ‘Everest’ by Bill Doyle in depth. We will continue to focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling throughout our lessons.


Science this term is all about ‘Living Things’. The children will be learning about the five kingdoms and classifying plants and animals though keys and classification models. We will be carrying out investigations on fungi and bacteria. We will focus on plants and identify their structure and the importance in our lives.


Our aim this term in Topic is to solve the question ‘How extreme is our Earth?’ To do this, we will be exploring the many extreme aspects our earth is capable of. The children will start by looking at extreme weather conditions and the effects it has across the world. We will move on to discover natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, wild fires and avalanches. The use of a range of texts and an online Geography resource called Oddizzi will support our learning.


We will be exploring the human life cycle in this unit with music from Brahms, Berio, Liszt and Monteverdi. The wide variety of musical moods, styles and genres will inspire singing, performing and composing. The children will move on to learn the song ‘There’s a storm coming in!’ which is inspired by the Storm Interlude from ‘Peter Grimes’ by Benjamin Britten. They will then develop an atmospheric storm piece.


Our RE focus this term is Sikhism with a look at the principles of the religion and its origins. We will investigate the similarities and differences between it and the other main world religions as well as finding out about the Sikh temples, called Gurdwaras. Finally, we will investigate the ways in which Sikhs worship and their most important beliefs.


In PSHE this term our topic is ‘Growing and Changing.’ We will be finding out about how our body changes throughout our lives and exploring the changes we will experience in the coming years.


We will be using the Japanese artist Hokusai as our inspiration this term. We will investigate his famous wave and volcano pictures and consider ways that we can personalise his ideas by using a variety of artistic materials and techniques. We will also investigate the techniques needed to produce a successful observational drawing.


We will be developing our cricketing skills this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and bowl. 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. Indoors, we will work on our gymnastics skills.


In DT the children will have a chance to demonstrate their design skills to create an earthquake proof house. We will look through a number of examples of real life buildings that are designed to withstand earthquakes and consider their in-built features. We will then use this research to work in teams to build a model of a house, test it and evaluate its effectiveness.


In Computing we will begin with ways of staying safe online, considering all aspects of e-safety. The children will then further develop their digital creativity, manipulating digital pictures and graphics to convey their ideas. There will also be a chance to create an animated gif and to use video and sound to showcase their work.


The children will continue to develop their French language skills, including recalling the alphabet and replying to basic questions using the language. They will be expanding their French vocabulary, including the increased use of adjectives to describe everyday objects.