|Mayan Civilisation||Evolution and Changes||Treasure Hunters|
Spring Term 2018-19 Subject Overview
In the first half term we will be reading another Power of Reading text, Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. We will learn about the causes and impact of Global Warming and take inspiration from our text to write some tense, atmospheric narrative pieces of writing. After half term we will be reading The London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd. We will look at persuasive writing when we create leaflets for the London Eye as well as producing journalistic and narrative pieces of writing based on what we have read in the text.
This term, the children will continue to develop their understanding of Number and Place Value. They will revisit rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and will also learn to round decimal numbers. The children will build upon previous learning of formal written calculation methods which involve larger numbers, negative numbers and decimal numbers. They will continue to solve multi-step problems, deciding which operation and methods to use and why. The children will also focus on calculating area, perimeter and volume and learn to use simple formulae to calculate these. After half term the focus will be on calculating fractions and percentages of amounts and also learning to calculate ratio and proportion.
In our Science lessons we will be looking at Evolution and Inheritance. We will learn how scientists such as Charles Darwin and Mary Anning helped to influence our understanding about evolution and how our world has changed over time. We will investigate how different animals are adapted to their environments and habitats and start to think about how scientists think these adaptations occurred.
The children will use the chromebooks to extend their drawing skills to create 3D models based on using the software SketchUp Make. They will learn how to create simple and complex 3D models and be able to add detail and manipulate 3D models using a variety of tools.
Our topic this term is ‘Our Changing World’. In this unit, children will discover some of the many ways in which the world around them is changing. From coastal erosion to political changes, there are many factors at work. Children will learn about the structure of the United Kingdom and how its shape and geography have changed over thousands of years. Using an online database of photographs, children can explore how landscapes change. The children will then have the chance to predict the future and look at which might change again in their lifetimes.
In our RE lessons we will be learning about the Hindu faith. we will discover about the key beliefs and practices of Hindus and think about how these impact on the way they live their everyday lives.
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 Indoor PE sessions this term we are lucky enough to have a visiting dance coach in to lead our sessions. We will be learning how
In our outdoor sessions for the first half term we will be playing Netball. We will learn how to pass, throw and catch accurately as well as how the rules of Netball work. We will think about the tactics required to do well and think carefully about how and where to move when we haven’t got the ball. After half term we will be playing Tag Rugby. We will develop our passing and catching skills and practise beating a defender with changes of direction and pace. We will develop our teamwork skills by working as a team to defend our own try line when the other team have the ball.
This term, the children will learn about places in a town and simple directions. They will apply previous skills and knowledge of topic areas such as numbers to develop their speaking and listening abilities. The children will have lots of opportunities for using songs, stories, art and drama to make the learning fun, engaging and memorable.
The unit of work for this term focuses on developing children’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of being healthy and the range of factors which contribute to maintaining their health. Children will reflect on what influences their decisions about diet and exercise and will consider which are useful influences and which could lead us to make choices which are less healthy. They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own healthy lifestyle and make healthy decisions as well as considering how they would advise others sensitively.