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Summer Term 2018


During the summer term we are focussing on the skills needed to tackle the SATS in May. This includes mental maths, 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.


After an initial focus on reading comprehension and grammar, punctuation and spelling we are refocussing this term on independent writing. We will be working on adapting the style and structure of the children’s writing to suit the text type as well as the intended audience. The children will be showing off their writing skills by demonstrating their use of different punctuation and sentence types.


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.


In Music the children will be learning two main songs, one looking back and one looking forward. The theme provides for a musical device for creating a celebration of the children’s memories and their hopes for the future. We will work to identify the structure of a piece of music and also learn to play a melody with choral accompaniment. The lessons will also look at the effect of harmony changing.


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.


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.


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. These include the use of clay to create Hokusai’s depiction of Mount Fuji. We will also investigate the techniques needed for 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.