Autumn Term

Topic: Space

This term we will be learning about Space and our Earth. We will be creating scale models to try to understand the size of our solar system and finding out about the International Space Station.

The children have been asking questions such as; what makes a planet? How big is the sun? How do astronauts live in Space? We will be researching and answering our questions through using a range of resources. Any opportunity you have at home to be able to observe the stars and the moon to stimulate discussions would be beneficial as this is obviously difficult to do in school.

PLEASE NOTE: Homework, including spellings and times tables, will be set on a Wednesday and will need to be handed in by the end of Tuesday.

Mars

  • Mars Facts
  • NASA images and information about Mars
  • BBC – listen to scientists, artists and writers talk about Mars
  • NASA Space Place – Mars

International Space Station

Moon Buggies

Maths

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

At home, you could help your child by asking them simple calculations that they can quickly do in their head; I find this helps with their confidence in Maths. There are plenty of online maths sites such as mathsframe.co.uk, which will help children revise their basic skills.

Linking to our topic we will be measuring and converting lengths and weights, therefore the children need to be able to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000.

Please feel free to discuss which method the children use in class and how you can help to support your child at home.

English

A lot of our Literacy this term will be centred on our topic. We will be writing reports about new planets, creation stories, instructions and poems. We are focussing on the children identifying areas that they need to improve and editing their work to make those improvements. We are working hard to improve our handwriting and as a result of their hard work some children will gain a ‘Pen Licence’ which will mean they are able to write in pen. This is to help them improve the overall presentation of their work.

Please continue to support your child at home through reading with them and helping them to learn their spellings. I expect all children to have a book in their bag or tray that they are reading.

The children will continue to have spellings to learn each week for Mrs Eames, these will be written in their Homework Books on a Wednesday, please help your child to learn their spellings. Please continue to read with your child and encourage them to choose a variety of books to read, the children are free to choose from the shelves in the classroom and the library area.

PE

PE will usually be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, but this can change. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.

This term the children will begin with a unit developing football skills before moving onto hockey. After half term the children will focus on developing their dance skills and create pieces linked to our topic – Space.

Science

During Science this term we will be learning about ‘How light travels’. We will be learning about how light travels through looking at rainbows and how light travels to Earth. When learning about Earth and Space we will describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system, describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth, use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky and look at the phases of the moon.

 

Other Areas

History – we will be looking at the first moon landing and the history of Space travel.

Design – we will be looking at musical instruments.  How they are made, what materials they are made with and how they make sound.  We will be asking the children to design and make their own instruments

Art – using different medium and techniques to draw planets and stars. Looking at Van Gogh and some of his art work especially The Starry Night.

Music – Rose will be exploring Au Clair de la Lune and listening to Holst’s The Planets suite.

Languages – we are learning French and this term we will be learning how to talk about our family.

RE – we will be examining the question “is it possible for everyone to be happy?” by looking at the way of life and teachings of the Buddhist religion.