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Spring 2

Spring 2 – 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 writing a play script for a narrative set in a post-apocalyptic world. We will then use journalistic writing to write an interview with “the lighthouse keeper”. We will also be exploring imagery in writing, which will include using similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia.

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, similes, metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia, imagery, play script, action, dialogue.

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: Measure, Ratio and Area, Perimeter and Volume.

We will be learning how to convert and calculate with metric measures and imperial measures. We will also be learning about miles and kilometres.

We will be calculating area, perimeter and volume of shapes.

In ratio, we will be calculating ratio, as well as using and calculating scale factors.

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: Measure, imperial, metric, miles, kilometres, area, squared, centimetres, metres, perimeter, volume, cubed, ratio, scale factors


Science: Animals including Humans

We will be identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system, as well as describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We will also be exploring the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way bodies function. We will be describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 Vocabulary: organs, skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory system, healthy, drugs, substance, lifestyle, health, diet

Other Curriculum Areas

Computing – Coding with scratch

We will be learning how to code with Scratch - we will explore key features, as well as learning how to use variables in code scripts.

Vocabulary: code, code block, conditional statement, decompose, direction, feature, icon, orientation, position, program verb, project, scratch, sprite, stage, tinker variable

RE –

We will be learning about People of God, with the key question of ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?

Vocabulary: God, worship, freedom, justice, repent, sin, Salvation, Justice, Covenant, Vulnerability, Obedience, Slavery

MFL - French – A weekend with friends

We will be learning how to name and talk about different weekend activities in French.

Vocabulary: aller à la piscine to go to the swimming pool, aller au cinema to go to the cinema, aller au parc      to go to the park, aller à la patinoire  to go to the ice rink, aller au centre de loisirs                  to go to the leisure centre, Oui, super!                  Yes, great! Oui, on y va! Yes, let's go! Non, je ne peux pas.              No, I can't. Non, je dois faire mes devoirs.   No, I have to do my homework.

Music – Film music

We will be exploring and identifying the characteristics of film music, before creating a composition and graphic score to perform alongside a film.

Vocabulary: chromatics, composition, evoke, graphic score, imagery, improvise, major key, minor key, modulates, notate, pitch, sound effects, soundtrack, tremolo, unison

PSHE – Citizenship

We will begin the term by finishing last term’s topic - learning about conception, pregnancy and birth (parents have the right to withdraw their children from this learning).

Vocabulary: puberty, conception, egg, fertilization

We will then be learning about: human rights, food choices and the environment, caring for others, recognising discrimination, valuing diversity and national democracy.

Vocabulary: concern, discrimination, environment, government, human rights, ministers, prejudice, prime minister, protected characteristics, united nations

History – Alexander the Great

We will be learning about who Alexander the Great was and where he came from. We will explore his childhood, education, early battles, conquest of Persia and death. We will also explore the links between Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Vocabulary: Macedon puppet king hoplite Philip of Macedon captured hostage sarissa phalanx Delphi oracle prophecy prophesy league League of Corinth Bucephalas assassinated determined Gordium wagon legend pledged loyalty Issus Alexandria Gaugalmela chariots retreated victor divine flew into a rage Ptolemy founded scrolls Euclid geometry astronomy astronomer Galen

Geography – Climate and Biomes

We will be learning about climate and biomes. We will explore their relationship with oceans, as well as looking at specific examples of climate and biomes, across Britain, Europe and South America.

Vocabulary: continent oceans Europe Mediterranean Sea Atlantic Ocean Arctic Ocean landlocked weather climate Equator latitude tropical polar  mild currents Gulf Stream biomes savanna rainforest tundra Mediterranean climate temperate climate temperatures seasons 

Art and Design - Clay sculptures

In Art and design, we will be making clay sculptures based on Greek Mythical Beasts, as well as exploring who Lorien Stern is and what art she has produced.

Vocabulary: hollowing out, kiln, scoring, clay, sculpture, slab, texture 

DT – Mechanical systems- CAMS

We will be designing, making and evaluating a moving animal head, by using CAMS mechanical systems.

Vocabulary: cam, snail cam, off-centre, cam, peg cam, pear, shaped cam

follower, axle, shaft, crank, handle, housing, framework, rotation, rotary motion, oscillating motion, reciprocating motion, annotated sketches, exploded diagrams, mechanical system, input, movement, process, output movement

PE – Volleyball and Dance

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

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

In Volleyball, we will be developing our skills, spacing and tactics, with a particular focus on the attack.

Vocabulary: Attack, Ace, Approach, Assist, Dig, Dink, Serve (left and right), Jump serve, Back court, Ready position, Setter, Set, Side out, strike

Key dates:

21.2.22 - Back to school

1.3.22 - Shrove Tuesday menu

3.3.22 - World Book Day and World Book Day menu

7.3.22 & 9.3.22 - Consultation evenings

14.3.22 - 18.3.22 - British Science Week

18.3.22 - Red Nose Day

1.4.22 Last day of term