The main areas of focus for our narrative writing will be developing our use a range of devices to build cohesion within and across a paragraph – adverbials of time and place and further developing accuracy when utilising a wider range of punctuation taught at Upper KS2 – “”,,()—‘;!?’
The main areas of focus for our non-narrative writing will be selecting formal language that shows good awareness of the reader and using a range of devices to build cohesion within and across a paragraph - higher order connective phrases.
Guided Reading/Reading for Inference
Within our guided reading sessions, the children will explore ideas around forming opinions, inferring meaning using evidence from the text to explain key ideas and identifying whether statements are true or false, or fact or opinion. Please continue to support your child by ensuring they read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day, either to themselves or to somebody else, and ensuring they have their reading diaries signed daily.
Maths: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
In Maths, we will complete our work on Fractions before moving onto decimals – dividing and multiplying and converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages. There will be a recap on rounding to 1dp, 2dp and 3dp followed be learning to work out percentages, make conversions and find fractions and percentages of amounts. This will include working with decimals and fractions in real world contexts – linked to measure including money.
Once this is complete, our focus will be Algebra where we will be following and finding rules, using expressions and solving equations with unknown values.
Science: Evolution and Inheritance
During this topic, we will learn to Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. The children will explore the concept that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. Afterwards, they will consider and explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Other Curriculum Areas
History: Arabia and Early Islam
We will learn about different Arabian worlds and complete a study of Makkah - a desert city and what it is like to live there. We will learn of the emergence of the new message of Islam, the escape to Yathrib and the eventual return of Islam to Makkah.
Vocabulary:dominated Arabia desert Arabs Islam Makkah pilgrimage pilgrims Bedouin campfires recite Kaaba shrine pastoral nomads widows orphans warrior pastures clansmen clans blood feud in praise of ancestors heritage Petra reared oases fragrant Khadijah matchmaker turning point followers revelations submission submitting paradise preach mosque Prophet Medina Arabic negotiate truce
We will learn what and earthquake is like, how, where and why they occur and the impact they have. In addition to this, we will study how they are measured, how people live with them and complete a case study about the San Andreas Fault line.
Vocabulary: earthquake tremors aftershocks visible tectonic plates plate boundary fault line San Andreas Fault seven major plates friction epicentre tsunami focus seismic waves seismograph seismogram magnitude Richter scale
Computing – Online Safety
Learning how to navigate the Internet in an informed, safe and respectful way creating a positive online reputation. We will explore how to report and capture inappropriate material or behaviour and learn how to protect online accounts through passwords, settings and recognising scams.
Vocabulary: anonymity antivirus biometrics block and report consent copy digital footprint digital personality financial information hacking inappropriate malware online bullying online reputation password paste personal information personality phishing privacy settings private reliable source report reputation respect scammers screengrab
Religious Education: Evolution or Creation
Through this unit the children will learn about the Creation story of Genesis, what it means and how it is interpreted by Christians. They will then learn of the theory of evolution and compare it to Christian beliefs.
Vocabulary: Christianity Bible Genesis creationism cosmology evolution inheritance belief faith conflicting truth imagery debate interpretation
Physical Education: Outdoor Adventurous Activities/Dance
Within Dance, we will be focusing on various aspects which have been taught previously throughout both KS1 and KS2 as well as developing the pupils ability to perform a range of movements in time to music. Pupils will be working to choreograph their own routine comprising various features such as cannon, dynamics, levels and more. Pupils will be expected to improvise to a range of musical styles and modify given movements to suit a particular genre.
Vocab - levels dynamics cannon timing precision accuracy tempo strength modify motif routine choreography improvisation style
Outdoor Adventurous Activities is all about developing teamwork and resilience. Throughout this unit, the pupils will take part in various activities such as orienteering - an event which relies on map skills as well as logic and stamina to complete. Pupils will be expected to problem solve, overcome hurdles and use their resources to achieve their goal.
Vocab: Orienteering marker trust resilience perseverance teamwork cooperation map skills coordinates stamina logic problem solve
Music: Theme and Variations (Kapow)
In this unit the children will perform rhythms and identify the sounds of different instruments and discuss what they sound like. When looking at art, they will make suggestions for which instruments can be matched to which pieces of art and recall the names of several instruments according to their orchestra sections. They will through performance develop their ability to keep the pulse with the body percussion section and sing with growing control and confidence. When recording music, the children will draw the rhythms accurately and show a difference between each of their variations showcasing the finished product.
Modern Foreign Languages - Numbers and Counting
In this unit the children will learn to count to 12, recognise the written number words and learn to ask someone their age and answer the same question. They will compare the structures of sentences in French and English and practice the vocabulary through counting games and traditional French playground games.
During this topic we will be learning about: human rights, food choices and the environment, caring for others, recognising discrimination, valuing diversity and national democracy.
Vocabulary: authority conflict earn expectation grief grieving protected characteristics resolve respect stereotype prejudice