Autumn 1 – World War II
Welcome back and welcome to the final year of primary school! Here is an overview of all of the learning that we will be doing this term.
We will be studying WWII and our focus for this half term will be Britain. Over the half term, we will learn about the outbreak of war, evacuation, the Blitz, rationing, propaganda and the key roles that women played. For each aspect of our learning we will delve deep and create real experiences for the children to gain an insight into what life was like during this period in time. We are hoping to create some war time recipes should if possible. This learning will take place as part of our English lessons and is separate to our History topic, which you can find further down the page.
Vocabulary: war, bomb, army, Neville Chamberlain, Blitz, radio, Spitfire, barrage balloon, gas mask box, evacuee, Winston Churchull, Air raid shelter, ration book, Anderson shelter
During our writing this term we will develop key skills linked to expanding sentences, varying our sentence starters and improving vocabulary choices. These skills will be used to produce a character and setting description as well as a diary entry.
Alongside these lessons, Pupils will take part in regular Grammar and spelling lessons in order to build up their confidence and word banks.
To support this at home, try these following links:
Vocabulary: Noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, determiner, full stop, comma, colon, hyphen, apostrophe, sentence opener, sentence structure, embedded clause, conjunction
Guided Reading/Reading for Inference
Within our guided reading and Reading for Inference sessions, we will begin to revisit and practise each Reading for Inference skill that we learnt last year across a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. We will also explore a range of comprehension techniques such as retrieval, figurative language and author’s choices. Our class reading book is Goodnight Mr Tom, which will be reading over Autumn 1 and Autumn 2.
To support with their reading at home, pupils should access Bedrock and Read Theory.
Vocabulary: Visualise, Background knowledge, Breakdown, VIP words, GIST, Thinking like a detective, inference, retrieval, language, author
This half term, we will be learning about place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This will involve a mix of recapping and consolidating learning from last year as well as introducing new concepts. As part of this learning, we will also be developing our reasoning and problem solving skills. We will be using White Rose Hub to explore a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract concepts within our learning.
In addition to this, the children will continue to take part in weekly Number and Lightning learning to develop our speed and accuracy in arithmetic.
In order to support with this at home, please use the following links:
Vocabulary: Place value, Million, hundred thousand, ten thousand, thousand, hundred, ten, one, add, subtract, difference, more than, less than, greater than, divide, share, multiply, array, product, factor
Science: Living things and their habitats
As part of our science topic, we will be exploring how living things are classified into groups based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals. We will also look at how we can independently plan and carry out an investigation that is linked to Living things and their habitats.
Vocabulary: microorganism, plant, animal, similarity, difference, classify, characteristic, habitat, subdivide, vertebrate, invertebrate
Other Curriculum Areas
Computing – Computing systems and networks: Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park is considered the home of modern computing. We will discover the history of Bletchley and learn about code breaking and password hacking. We will also have the opportunity to demonstrate some of our digital literacy skills by creating presentations about historical figures.
Vocabulary: acrostic code, brute force hacking, caesar cipher, chip and pin system, cipher, date shift cipher, encrypt, invention, Nth letter cipher, password, pigpen cipher, secure, technological advancement, trial and error
RE – Who is Jewish and how do they live?
We will be learning about the religion of Judaism and how Jewish people live, including objects that you may find in their house and place of worship. We will explore different questions that children come up with during lessons.
Vocabulary: Judaism, Jewish, Synagogue, Star of David, Torrah, Shawl, Kippah, Seder plate, Menorah, Hanukkah
MFL - French - Actions
We will be exploring how to describe different actions in French.
Vocabulary: Laughing, Crying, Talking, Walking, Running, Dancing, Singing
Music - Songs of WW2
We will be exploring songs of World War 2 to develop greater accuracy in pitch and control. We will be identifying pitches within an octave when singing and using knowledge of pitch to develop confidence when singing in parts.
Vocabulary: Morale, Britain, Troops, Frontline, Vera Lynn, Contrast, Musical terms, Tempo
PSHE - Families and relationships
Learning to resolve conflict, through negotiation and compromise. Exploring respect, understanding that everyone deserves to be respected. Learning about the process of grief and the associated emotions relating to grief.
Vocabulary: authority, grief, conflict, earn, expectation, grieving resolve, respect
History - The Indus Valley Civilization
In History we will be learning about the Indus Valley. We will look at their way of life, their religion, the jewellery and puzzles.
Vocabulary: necklace bangles Mohenjo-Daro merchants market reconstructed reconstruction Harappa monument seals sources evidence trench pottery potsherds threshed threshing barley beckon urban citadel fired kiln technology sewage Lothal drain wells draw water jewelry ox rhinoceros unicorn terracotta ornaments carnelian barter weights transport prow trade route governed government robe figurines fertility Asia Hindu granary
Geography - Settlements
In Geography we will be looking at settlements. As well as looking into different settlements and their features, we will focus in on Cardiff.
Vocabulary: settlement hamlet farmstead village rural inhabitants church village green post office small shop primary school pub village hall town secondary school railway station urban adapt coastal town market town city university hospital cathedral airport sprawling urban sprawl boroughs Londoners tube underground cycle lane conurbation flat Cardiff Capital Taff businesses
PE - Hockey and Gymnastics
In hockey, we will be playing competitive games, working on tactics and analysing our performances.
Vocabulary: Dribble, pass, shoot, defend, attack, mark, evade, space, angle, lift,
In gymnastics, we will be exploring balance and control whilst evaluating performances.
Vocabulary: Balance, point of contact, control, apparatus, transition