Autumn Term

Topic: Building Together

This term our topic will focus on teamwork. We will be facing challenges as a class and trying to solve them, finding out more about our class mates and discovering what skills are needed to be part of a successful team. We will be using Lego to help develop our teamwork skills and will be solving building challenges together. Our Lego building challenges will incorporate learning about different structures around the world and will link to our science topic on electricity.

 


Maths

We will be continuing to improve our calculation skills in the four operations (+,-,x,÷) and using them to help us solve problems. We are continuing to encourage the children to learn from mistakes they make in maths and to develop their perseverance when solving a tricky problem.

Our learning is directly linked to the White Rose Maths Scheme, You can download a weekly overview here:

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We will initially be setting homework using Class Dojo.  However we are currently exploring the best ways of providing online homework through various providers.  Please continue to support your child with there maths at home and we will send you more information about this

English

We will be covering a range of writing genres linked to our topic including story writing, biographies and report writing. We will be reading Book of Hopes—an online collection of stories and writing our own version. We will also be looking at female scientists and their lives.

Our spellings this term will be through Decision Spelling—A good speller is someone who makes increasingly accurate decisions when spelling unfamiliar words. We are encouraging the children to try different ways to write a word and choose which way looks right.

Please continue to support your child at home through reading, the reading challenges are continuing. I will upload challenge sheets to Class Dojo for you to use. All children should have an ongoing reading book at home and in school.  Encourage them to choose a variety of books to read, it’s great to see the children enthuse about a book they have just read and recommending it to different children in the class. A confident reader is a confident writer.

PE

PE will be on Thursday afternoons, however this can change, for example because of the weather.  Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.

This term Mr Benidict will be teaching invasion games with a football theme and Mr Allen will be teaching specific football skills.

 

Science

We will begin this term by looking at electricity.  We will be able to explain how a circuit works, understand what insulators and conductors are and be able to build a switch in a circuit. This will link in to our topic in computing where we will be programming lights. The children will also be looking at how to plan their own investigations scientifically and how to record and interpret their results.  Later in the term, we will be studying scientists and inventors. We will be finding out about famous scientists and inventors and the impact their work has had on our lives.

Other Areas

Geography –We will be learning about The World—using maps and resources to find different countries and landmarks, identify what longitude and latitude means and find local time in different cities.

ICT –We are using Scratch to program games and algorithms. The pupils will begin to explore debugging, predicting when codes may not work and changing them.

Art/DTLinking DT to our Science work on electricity and our topic work on Lego we will be building models with lights and using Crumbles to programme the lights.

Languages – We will be practising our French greetings and colours through songs and games, as well as introducing food, with the children creating their own French menus.

RE – The first half term we will be looking at what it means to follow God and learning more about the life of a Christian. After half term we will be discussing what it is like to be a Muslim and the importance of festivals in Islam.

MusicWe will be Learning basic instrumental skills by playing tunes in varying styles on tuned instruments giving the children an introduction to the language of music, theory and composition.