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Autumn 2

The children have settled so well into Key Stage 2, and have amazed us with how inspired they have been with the topics we have covered.

Please do keep posting to Seesaw anything your child does at home – we love to see the links they have made within their learning.

Theme: Cradles of Civilisation and Mountains

This term, we will use the HEP curriculum to explore the topics of Cradles of Civilisation and Mountains.

In Cradles of Civilisation, we will learn all about how the Mesopotamian people learned how to use rivers to support farming, creating and building water ways to water plants and utilise river water. We will discover how their civilisation grew, and as their skills with farming developed, the Mesopotamians were able to become self sufficient, and were able to trade their produce. This will extend to learning about how other ancient civilisations developed around rivers, and how they learned to communicate using writing.

In Mountains, we will learn what mountains are, as well as the mountain ranges in the United Kingdom. We will think about why people live on mountains and what it is like to live in that kind of region.

Vocabulary -

Cradles of Civilisation – tablets, summer, Tigris, Euphrates, Mesopotamia, Fertile Crescent, trade, weaving, herding, ziggurat, cuneiform, Gilgamesh, epic, Assyria, Indus Valley, Shang, nomadic, cradle, bronze, altar, sacrifices, decipher, sculptures, mythical, decorative

Mountains – hill, mountain, Ben Nevis, mountainous regions. Himalayas, Mount Everest, peak, slopes, terraces, summit, Alps, Andes, terraced farming, Cairngorms, trek, valleys, Lake District, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, above sea level, temperature

English: Into the Forest

Our English learning will be based around the book Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. To support this, we will read and explore other Anthony Browne texts, with a focus on illustrations.

Using these illustrations and story, we will write our own narratives from a character’s point of view. To support this we will use lots of drama techniques to create and perform playscripts. We are also going to be writing a non-chronological report.

Please do continue to practise Bedrock at home to increase children’s vocabulary – they are completing a couple of sessions a week. You can see from our learning this term just how much new vocabulary we learn over a term!

Vocabulary – playscript, plot, setting, character, speech, inverted commas, narrative, non-chronological

Guided Reading

This term in Guided reading we will be learning the new skill of Gist. Using our background knowledge and links to other texts, as well as our inference and text detective skills to be able to re-tell sections of text, and to summarise what we have read so far. This will be supported by ordering information from texts read.

Vocabulary: background knowledge, links, re-tell, order, sequence, infer, summarise, gist

Maths: Multiplication and Division

This term we will be recapping our multiplication knowledge by remembering and using our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will remind ourselves how to use and read arrays as well as making equal groups and sharing. Once this is secure, we will begin to learn the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. As the children become more familiar with the patterns, they will begin to understand how to use these – for instance doubling and halving knowledge will support them with counting in steps of 2, 4 and 8. Please do keep working on TT Rockstars at home, this is really supporting the children’s multiplication and division knowledge.

We will also continue to work on the addition and subtraction skills learned last term through Number and Lightning. Watch out on Seesaw for ideas to support key areas for your child.

Vocabulary – ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, count on, count back, share, group, equal, divide, division, multiply, multiple, multiplication, total, array

Science: Rocks and Fossils

In this term’s science learning, we will be thinking about what we learned about excavation last term, and learning how rocks and fossils are formed. The children will compare different rocks, and organise and group them together based on their appearance and physical properties. We will learn how fossils form and try to create our own in simple terms, and also that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Vocabulary - extinction, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, palaeontologist, weathering, molten rock, crust, tectonic plates, scavengers, fossil

Other Curriculum Areas

Computing – We will be familiarising ourselves with the programme, Scratch. We will link computing to Music by creating musical note creating repetition. We will be challenging ourselves to alter codes to create our own animations and create programmes.  

Vocabulary – tinkering, programme application, coding, interface, sprite, repetition, loop, animation, programme, remixing code, coding blocks,

French – this half term we will be learning the French words for farm animals and pets.

Vocabulary – ferme, animaux, chien, chat,

PSHE / RSE – This term we will be focusing on ‘Health and Wellbeing’ by looking at the understanding of a healthy lifestyle, dental health and ways we can plan a healthy lifestyle through food and exercise. We will be learning a range of relaxation exercises and the positive impacts these have on our bodies. We will be looking at our own identities and personal strengths and writing Kenning style poems based on ourselves. We will be building our resilience by identifying problems and breaking them into smaller goals to overcome them.

Vocabulary – exercise, energy, balance, intake, diet, balanced, food group, teeth, healthy, feeling, balance, relax, group, identity, belonging, alone, lonely, hero, power, strengths, stretch, barriers, strategy.

Physical Education – Hockey and Dance

Hockey (outdoors) – We will be focussing on how to use a hockey stick and ball, learning skills such as control of the ball and correct technique, as well as basic passing, attack and defence skills

Dance (indoors) – we will be creating movements and linking these together to perform a dance at a SOKE competition

Vocabulary – pass, attack, defend, movement, link, sequence, Timing, Control , Dribble, Cross over, Reverse stick, Long barrier, Push pass  

Art – Modroc sculptures

We will learn how to sketch our ideas accurately, using paint, sketching and drawings. We will then use this to build our own wire sculpture covered in Modroc.

Vocabulary - self portrait, portrait, line, curve, shade, texture, highlight, shadow, tone 

Design Technology – Shell structures

We will be teaching the children design technology over one week. Here will be researching, designing, making and evaluating a product.

Children investigate a collection of different shell structures including packaging. Use questions to develop children’s understanding e.g. What is the purpose of the shell structure – protecting, containing, presenting? What material is it made from? How has it been constructed? Are the materials recyclable or reusable? How has it been stiffened i.e. folded, corrugated, ribbed, laminated? What size/shape/colour is it? What information does it show and why? How attractive is the design?

Children take a small package apart identifying and discussing parts of a net including the tabs e.g. How are different faces of the package arranged? How are the tabs used to join the ‘free’ edges of the net?

Evaluate existing products to determine which designs children think are the most effective. Provide opportunities for the children to judge the suitability of the shell structures for their intended users and purposes. Discuss graphics including colours/impact of style/logo/size of font e.g. What do you prefer and why? What style of graphics and lettering might we want to include in our product to meet users’ preferences and its intended purpose? Which packaging might be the best for…?

Vocabulary – User, product, purpose , design, make, evaluate, design criteria, design brief 

Religious Education – Understanding Christianity – Incarnation

What is the Trinity? We will learn to identify the difference between a ‘Gospel’, which tells the story of the life and teaching of Jesus, and a letter. We will think about what texts about baptism and Trinity might mean, especially to Christians today. We will learn how to describe how Christians show their beliefs about God the Trinity in worship (in baptism and prayer, for example) and in the way they live. We will make links between some Bible texts studied and the idea of God in Christianity.

Vocabulary – Trinity, Gospel, Jesus, Baptism

Music – Ballads

Children will learn what ballads are, learning how to identify their features and how to convey different emotions when performing them. We will be learning how to write our own ballads following the structure of a traditional ballad.

Vocabulary – ballad, feature, convey, emotion, perform, animation, inspiration, lyrics, incorporating, structure, traditional.

Links to Learning sites

Bedrock -

TT Rockstars -

History - 'world history'

Useful Dates:

15th November - 19th November Anti-Bullying Week

19th November - Children in Need

10th December - Christmas Jumper Day

15th December - Christmas Lunch