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Spring 1

Autumn 1 – Ancient Greece


English: Writing

During our writing this term, we will continue to develop key writing skills and use these when planning and writing different text types. First of all, we will be exploring instruction writing, before writing a set of instructions for how to make a volcano. We will then use our knowledge of Greek Mythology to write a non-chronological report about mythical creatures.

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, relative clause, passive voice, active voice 

Guided Reading/Reading for Inference

Within our guided reading and Reading for Inference sessions, we will continue to 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 “The Usborne Book of Greek Myths”. 

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


In Maths this term, we will be learning about three topics: Decimals, Percentages and Algebra.

We will be learning about decimal places, multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000, multiplying and dividing decimals and converting fractions to decimals.

We will be learning about converting fractions to percentages and finding percentages of an amount.

We will be learning about finding algebra rules, forming expressions, forming equations, solving one and two step equations and finding pairs of values.

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: decimal, decimal place, tenth, hundredth, thousandth, divide, convert, fraction, percentage, percent, algebra, rule, expression, equation, value



Science: Evolution and inheritance

We will learn how living things have changed over time and how fossils help us to understand this, that living things produce offspring of the same kind but offspring are not identical to their parents and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

Vocabulary: change, adapt, evolve, evolution, fossil, offspring, produce, environment, survive, conditions

Other Curriculum Areas

Computing – Data handling 1: Big data

Big data describes the ways that companies and organisations use data in their work. We will identify how barcodes and QR codes work, as well as how infrared waves are used for the transmission of data. We will also gather, analyse and evaluate data collected from RFID data collection points.


Vocabulary: barcode, boolean, brand, commuter, contactless, data, data privacy, encrypt, infrared waves, NFC, QR code, radio waves, RFID, signal, systems or data analyst, transmission

RE – Creation or Science – conflict or complimentary?

We will be exploring and debating about the relationship between the accounts of creation in Genesis and scientific accounts.

Vocabulary: God, Creation, Universe, evolution, interpret, conflict, complementary, scientist

MFL - French – Family

We will be learning French vocabulary for some family members, as well as household tasks and family-based weekend activities. 

Vocabulary:  ma mère- my mother, mon père - my father, ma sœur - my sister, mon frère - my brother, ma grand-mère -my grandmother, mon grand-père  - my grandfather, mes parents        - my parents, mes grands-parents - my grandparents, ma famille - my family


Art – Mark making/collage

We will be mark making and creating collages as part of our Ancient Greece History learning.

Vocabulary: lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures

Music - Advanced rhythms

In this unit we learn about the Kodaly Method and use it to explore rhythmic patterns. We listen to Steve Reich's 'Clapping Music' (1972) and attempt our own clapping rhythms.

Vocabulary: canon, pulse, rhythm, compose, improvise, Kodaly Method, melody, music critic, notate, unison

PSHE – Safety and the Changing Body

We will be learning about risks associated with alcohol, social media, first aid, and physical and emotional changes during puberty.

We will also be learning about conception, pregnancy and birth (parents have the right to withdraw their children from this learning).

Vocabulary: alcohol, cyber-bullying, internet trolling, first-aid, puberty, conception, egg, fertilization

History – Ancient Greece

We will be learning about Athens, The Peloponnesian War, The Parthenon, Greek Literature, The Odyssey and Greek philosophy.

Vocabulary: democracy, citizens, vote, assembly, Pericles, Golden Age, declared war, Peloponnesian War, starve, plague, allies, Parthenon, architecture, columns, scrolls, frieze, sculptures, pediment, spectators, chorus, masks, playwrights, Sophocles, tragedy, comedy, satire, gestures, literature, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus, Sirens, mast, nymph, philosophy, wisdom, philosophers, Socrates, Plato

Geography – Volcanoes

We will be learning about how volcanoes are formed, what happens when they erupt, their different features, different types of volcano and Italy’s Mount Etna.

Vocabulary: surface, mantle, core, scientists, oceanic crust, continental crust, iron, melted, erupting, molten, magma, lava, viscous, explosive eruptions, gases, pressure, vent, magma chamber, classify, composite, shield, Mount Etna, Supervolcano, weaknesses, magma chamber, solidify, volcanic bombs, secondary vents, crater, Mount Bromo, active, dormant, extinct, ancient, flow, lava flows, mudflows, pyroclastic flows, smother, disrupt, suffocate, clog, plumes, airspace, stranded, Mediterranean Sea, destructive, cable car, endangered, region, population, enrich, fertile, citrus fruits, authorities, explosives, divert, evacuated


DT - Celebrating culture and seasonality

We will be designing, making and evaluating Ancient Greek bread, with our own adaptations.

Vocabulary: yeast, dough, bran, flour, wholemeal, unleavened, baking soda, spice, herbs, design, make, evaluate

PE - Outdoor Adventure Activities and Dance

In Dance, we will be exploring a range of movement patterns.

Vocabulary: action, space, choreography, dynamics, relationship, focus

In Outdoor Adventurous Activities, we will be developing team building skills and perseverance, through compass and coordinate work.

Vocabulary: coordinate, y axis, x axis, compass, north, east, south, west, north-east, south-east, north-west, north-east, orienteering, team work, communication


Key dates:

5.1.22 – First day of term

8.2.22 – Internet Safety Day

11.2.22 – Final day of term