We are starting the term spending some extra time consolidating work previously taught to ensure that any gaps in learning are met before the children move on. We will be building on the children’s existing knowledge and understanding of specific areas in maths and apply these to varied fluency, reasoning and problem solving contexts.
From Week 3 of the Autumn term, we will be using ‘Power Maths’ materials to support the planning and delivery of the maths curriculum. This will cover the following objectives:
This term will start with studying the narrative poem 'The Highwayman' and will be followed by two weeks of poetry by Ted Hughes. We will be looking at how poets use language, particularly figurative language, rhythm and rhyme to create an image in the reader's head. We will perform choral readings of poetry and write our own by learning about and using similes and metaphors.
The rest of the half term, we will be using the text 'The Eye of the Wolf' written by Daniel Pennac. Through the charming and moving story of the main characters Blue Wolf and Africa, we will discuss the impact of humans on the animal world, the environment and on each other. We will write a narrative in character, as well as a balanced argument on the existence of zoos. Our reading skills will be tested through our ability to make inferences and work out character traits and why they exist.
Other English activities will include our weekly cross-curricular reading sessions, learning spelling patterns through the identification and correction of misspelt words, handwriting and our new class reader lesson. These exciting lessons will concentrate on the use of drama and other techniques to explore character and plot.
In History, our 'Big Question' is: How have beliefs changed over time?
We will begin by exploring belief systems today, learning about human rights laws around the world and the beliefs and views of humanitarians. We will look at job roles within the humanitarian industry including emergency response officers and aid workers and will explore the work of the British Red Cross., focusing on their beliefs and mission statements.
We will then explore the beliefs of early Britain by looking at a range of artefacts and sources from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We shall explore the concepts of change and continuity over time, placing artefacts and sources on a timeline including key dates. We shall draw comparisons between Early Britain beliefs to beliefs around the world, including the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Greeks.
In Geography, We will identify and describe the geographical significance of latitudinal lines and time zones across the world. We will learn about climate zones and biomes, investigating whether it is possible that Walsall was once a Tropical Rainforest! We will explore population densities, developing an understanding of why some locations on the globe have more/less people living there, and the impact of overpopulation on regions around the world (e.g. Indian slums)
We will learn about the ‘The Ring of Fire’ – noting locations on a map. We will learn about the reasons for finding most of the Earth’s volcanoes and earthquakes in these regions and will observe the physical features of these locations e.g. weather patterns, climates etc. identifying patterns and noting similarities and differences. We will explore the human impact of such natural disasters, viewing case studies and personal accounts from members of the community living in these regions.
In Art, we will study Surrealism, focusing on 'The Persistence of Memory' by Salvador Dali. We will learn about Dali's influences and the way that he has influenced society today. We shall appraise his use of dream like imagery and will create our own dream like painting in the same style as the painter.
In French, we will begin to understand how accents change letter sounds and shall practise pronouncing sounds correctly. We will be learning numbers 1-100 in French, the days of the week and the names of the colours.