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Autumn A 2021

Mighty Metals

Mighty Metals: Mighty metals are everywhere! From earrings to rockets, metals have shaped the world we live in today.

This half term, we’re going to become fantastic physicists, exploring the world of forces, metals and materials. At a playground, we’ll explore the forces that help us to slide and swing. Then, we’ll bring toys from home to investigate how they work. We’ll look closely at levers and explore how they help us to lift heavy objects. In maths, we’ll have fun investigating where we need to sit to make a seesaw balance. To learn more about forces, we’ll make spinners, play with parachutes and make magnetic games. We’ll also investigate iron, think about why some metals rust and discover the properties of different metals. Using pots, pans and other metal objects, we’ll compose a metal musical extravaganza and use our artistic skills to create embossed patterns and pictures

Tribal Tales

Let’s travel back to prehistoric times!

This half term we’re going to find a prehistoric site in our local area by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight? Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build monuments and investigate their shadows. In science, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and the properties of iron. We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery. During an exploratory dig, we’ll find all sorts of objects and creatures. What will we uncover?

English focus texts: Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Stig of the Dump by Clive King

English foci: Creative story writing, newspaper reports, letters and diaries

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

Metals and magnets are everywhere! Why not do a hunt around the house to see how metal is used? You could also make fridge magnets using a flat magnet, glue and modelling clay or recycled materials. Alternatively, you could build models using blocks or recycled materials and investigate the force needed to knock them over!

It’s amazing to think that Stone Age people were alive 2.5 million years ago! As they used to paint on walls, why not create a painting on an old roll of wallpaper or a smooth stone from the garden? You could also visit your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Alternatively, visit a site from one of these time periods and imagine what it would have been like to live there.

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Mighty Metals

Tribal Tales

Book recommendations

 

Autumn B 2021

Misty Mountain, Winding River

In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, your child will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.

English focus texts: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver, The mountain of Adventure by Enid Blyton,

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson and King of the cloud Forest by Michael Morpurgo

English foci: Non-chronological reports, fictional writing and travel guides for persuasion

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

You could begin to research rivers and mountains around the world. They’re all so different and are surrounded by so many features. Why not try a local walk or venture further afield with the family and explore rivers and mountains that are near you? Take photographs and record the features you have found. Can you find any fascinating facts about rivers and mountains around the world that we could discuss before embarking upon our adventure?

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Misty Mountain, Winding River

Book recommendations

 

 

Spring A 2022

Off with her head

Let’s travel back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors.

During this half term, we’ll meet a very important figure from history who will give us a problem to solve. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people of the period, and we’ll use source materials to create a Tudor timeline. Tudor portraits will provide us with the inspiration to create royal paintings; we’ll learn a courtly dance and compose Tudor music. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Internet research will help us learn more about Henry’s life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church.

Pheasants, Pestilence and Princes

Lock your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded ‘Great Pestilence’ is here.

At the start of this half term, we’ll meet a strange character and use a range of source materials to research the symptoms of the Black Death. Our geography skills will help us understand how the black death came to Britain and why it spread so quickly. We’ll investigate the effects of bacteria on the human body and find out about disgusting and dangerous plague ‘cures’. Our personal plague journals will record the horror of the black death and we’ll write poetry inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer. We’ll learn about different social classes, understand the reasons for the Peasants’ Revolt, take part in a mock battle and learn what it was like to be a knight.

English focus texts: Treason by Berlie Doherty, The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick and The executioner’s daughter and River Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

English foci: Biographies, dialogue and poetry

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

The Tudors were a domineering dynasty who changed the course of history. Why not visit a local museum to learn more about Tudor times? You could also visit a town with Tudor architecture. Look out for black and white, timber-framed buildings. They will be easy to spot! Or visit your local library to find out more about this fascinating family.

 

We’ll travel back to the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain. Why not visit your local library or museum to see if the 14th-century plague affected your area? You could also look around your house with an adult to see how many products there are that are made to tackle germs. Would they have helped to prevent the spread of the plague? Alternatively, read a book together that is set during a plague. How were the characters’ lives affected by the deadly disease?

 

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Off with her head!

Peasants, Pestilence and Princes

Book recommendations

 

Spring B 2022

Urban Pioneers

Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright, and every street has a story to tell.

This half term, we’ll visit our local town to look at important buildings. We’ll photograph urban art including graffiti, murals and statues. At school, we’ll write an information leaflet about our town. Using digital mapping tools, we’ll identify the streets and buildings that we saw. We’ll investigate cities around the world and find out how they’ve changed over time. We’ll have questions for you about where you work or places you often visit, and we’ll present the data we have collected. As part of our design work, we’ll build a model urban landscape, create dramatic light effects and find out how light is used to keep people safe at night.

Playlist

Ssh… What’s that noise? Is it a bash, a crash, a shake or a hum?

This half term, we’ll listen to a live musical performance, picking out the different sounds and techniques. Roger McGough’s poem, The Sound Collector, will inspire us to go on a sound walk around school. We’ll investigate the volume of sounds and make vibrations using different equipment. Our toes will be tapping along to all kinds of music, and we’ll be listening to song lyrics to get lots of ideas to write our own. We’ll create artwork that represents jazz music, and look at famous, jazz-influenced art. We’ll find out how our ear works, how sound travels and learn about pitch. In D&T, we’ll investigate how musical instruments work and enjoy making our own. We’ll share our favourite music and explore how music is used in everyday life.

English focus texts: Emil and the detectives by Eric Kastner, High Rise Mystery By Sharna Jackson and Banksy: By Hettie Bingham

English foci: Slogans and advertising, non-fiction: information leaflet and autobiographies

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

Take a trip to the city! Why not photograph interesting buildings and make a scrapbook? You could also research urban artists and add your favourite images to your scrapbook. Alternatively, you could visit a churchyard to go gargoyle spotting! Take photographs and try to recreate them at home using modelling materials.

 

Music has the power to change our emotions, make us think and inspire us to dance! Why not talk to friends and relatives about music that was popular when they were younger? You could also watch performances online and think about how the music makes you feel. Alternatively, you could work together to learn a song by heart. Can you sing it without making any mistakes?

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Urban Pioneers

Playlist

Book recommendations

 

Summer A 2022

Predator

It’s time to take a walk on the wild side!

This half term, we’ll invite some amazing animals into our classroom to discover how they move, what they feel like and what they eat. We’ll also program a toy to move across a grid – will it be caught by a predator? We’ll learn about the different parts of a plant and how some plants are predators! From our investigations about the human skeleton, we’ll find out how muscle make the bones move. We’ll investigate food chains and learn about how animals find their food. Using the internet, we’ll research the majestic peregrine falcon and discover where crocodiles live. After our research, we’ll create an exciting aquatic animation.

English focus texts: The wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, Varjak’s Paw by SF Said and The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

English foci: Author study- Rudjard Kipling, biography and fact files on specific predators around the world

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

Predators can be found in deserts, jungles, oceans or even in your own back garden! Why not go for a walk and see which animals and plants you can identify? You could also visit a zoo, thinking about which animals are predators and which animals might be their prey. Alternatively, put bird food in the garden to see if you can attract any visitors!

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Predator

Book recommendations

 

Summer B 2022

Pharaohs & Mummies

Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies.

This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.

Tomb Builders & Ancient Civilisations

Your child will learn about three of the earliest civilisations in the world; ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. They will study the ancient Sumerian and ancient Egyptian civilisation in detail, to discover how crucial factors like water sources and farming helped them to develop and thrive. They will find out about important inventions and the growth of cities. They will also study the lives of different people in society, including the roles of kings and pharaohs. The children will reflect on their learning by identifying the similarities and differences between the two civilisations, before studying the Indus Valley civilisation independently. They will explore sources of evidence about the location of the Indus Valley, cities and trade, and note the reasons why historians know less about the Indus Valley than other ancient civilisations. The children will then compare all three civilisations, before learning about the causes and consequences of each civilisation’s decline. They will also consider whether or not these civilisations left a lasting legacy.

English focus texts: The Phoenix Code: Book 1 by Helen Moss, Secrets of a sun king by Emma Carroll and Tomb Quest: trilogy by Michael Northrop

English foci: Narrative – Warning Tale/mystery, recounts & journals, playscripts and stories from other cultures

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

It’s amazing that a civilisation from 5000 years ago still influences the way we live today, from mathematics to bowling! Why not try a variety of fruits for dessert that the ancient Egyptians would buy from their local market? You could taste juicy cantaloupes, sweet dates or flavoursome plums. You could also visit your local library to learn about the amazing world of ancient Egypt. Alternatively, use online maps to look at famous Egyptian landmarks and track the course of the Nile.

Homework (Please choose one or two a week to complete and submit either online via Google Classroom or bring into school)

Pharaohs and Mummies

Tomb Builders and Ancient Civilisations

Book recommendations