|Mayan Civilisation||Evolution and Changes||Treasure Hunters|
Autumn Term 2017-18 Subject Overview
Our English learning at the start of the term will be based on the book Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. After that we will then be producing non fiction writing all about how chocolate is made and then looking at the role the Fairtrade programme plays in the production of chocolate. After half term we will start reading “Stay where you are and then leave” by John Boyne. We will also be developing our comprehension skills in our weekly Guided Reading sessions and be working hard to grow our Grammar knowledge in our daily grammar lessons.
This term, the children will read and write numbers up to 10 000 000, and continue to identify the value of individual digits in a number. They revisit comparisons of numbers using the greater than and less than symbols and then further develop their skills by reasoning about numbers. The children will build upon previous learning of formal written calculation methods and gain fluency at using a range of strategies to solve mental calculations. They will continue to solve multi-step problems, deciding which operation and methods to use and why. They will revisit multiples, factors and prime numbers and use common factors and common multiples to solve problems with fractions.
In our Science lessons we will be learning about light. We will learn how we see objects and why we see different colours. We will investigate how shadows are formed and why periscopes and trick mirrors work. After half term we will start learning about electricity where we will learn how to make circuits and how making changes to a circuit can affect the items in it, for example how the brightness of a bulb is impacted by adding extra batteries.
In our computing sessions we will be developing our coding skills. We will use our new Lego We Do kits to design, write and debug programmes that solve a number of different problem. We will also enjoy the opportunity to use our brand new Chromebooks in a variety of lessons.
This term, the children will be learning all about the ancient Maya civilisation. The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. They will learn about the Maya writing system and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and they will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate (including a visit to Cadbury World), arguing which was most important in a class debate.
These lessons will focus on maps, plans and aerial photos. The children will first find out about the continents of North and South America, and the countries that form them. They will then look in more detail at some of the physical and human features of these places. This topic links well with our PE lessons as we will be following different scaled maps and creating our own maps and plans of the school and local area.
In our RE lessons this term we will be learning about Buddhism. We will find out how Buddhist teachings affect the way Buddhists in the UK live their lives, how Buddhists celebrate Vesak and why the Dalai Lama is so special to Buddhists.
Art and DT
Our Art lessons will be inspired by our Mayan topics. We will draw inspiration from the patterns and symbols the Mayans used on their mirrors to make our own replica mirrors. We will then study Mayan hieroglyphs and add these to clay tiles. In our second half term we will focus on our DT skills, combining different materials to make models of Mayan pyramids.
In our outdoor PE sessions this term, which will normally be on a Tuesday, we will be doing Orienteering. As well as developing our ability to read and interpret maps these sessions will also help our teamwork skills. After half term we will play hockey. We will learn how to dribble, pass and tackle and how to apply these skills to match situations.
The children will learn about school life in France and begin to learn the basic vocabulary related to the classroom. They will write simple phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences to express ideas both orally and in writing.
This term the children will be focussing on ‘My Emotions’. They will develop their understanding and recognition of their own emotions and those of others. The children will identify an increasing range of feelings, including moods and mixed emotions, developing their language to describe them and learning how they might recognise them in themselves and others. They will explore ways to deal with different emotions, with a focus on worry, boredom and stress and how those emotions affect how we think, feel and behave.
This term, our music lessons will be based around the song, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. Through this song, the children will learn about the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.) as well as singing and playing instruments.