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Spring 2

English: Writing

Our first genre focus will be Play Scripts. Through this we will demonstrate that we can write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader. Our knowledge of the features of  a play script and formality changes between scene setting, narrative and character voice will be developed. Will will also explore how a character's thoughts and feelings can be conveyed through what they say and what they do.

The main areas of focus for our non-narrative writing will be a Non-Chronological report on Earthquakes. We 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. In addition to this, a range of sentence structures and formal language will be developed.

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Maths: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

In Maths, we will continue our work on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages focussing on equivalents and ordering.  This will be followed be learning how to work out 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 on Measure - Area, Perimeter and Volume.  We will be following and finding rules for calculating the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms before looking at perimeter with a wide range of shapes. We will also learn how to calculate the volume of a shape.

Finally, we will look at Statistics and learn to draw and interpret a wide range of graphs and charts. In addition, we will learn about averages and calculate the mean, median, mode and range of a data set.

Vocabulary: equivalent  order  compare  convert   area perimeter volume  perpendicular parallel  parallelogram  average   mean   median   mode   range

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Science - Animals including humans

We will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood and design and conduct experiments around pulse rate and blood flow.

In addition, we will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function. 

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Other Curriculum Areas

History - Islam - Cordoba the City of Light

In this unit, we will explore how Islam burst out of Arabia and why it travelled so far, so quickly. Through story-telling, we will learn about the development of Cordoba, its importance in terms of learning and art and how it became a city of three religions. 

Vocabulary: warring disputes Caliphs warfare Samarkand Sind territory advance factors liberators tolerant booty inheritance taking them captive treasurers surveyors dynasty Ummayad Damascus criticise rally round Abbasids unfurled banners Abd al-Rahman massacre biblical fugitive Cordoba: city of light Cordoba unwinding turban emir stranger homeland exile urgent stonemasons glance sturdy delicate aisles jade musician lute Peoples of the Book provoked clamped down locust minaret splendour ancestors sought out mihrab adapted production extension Berbers deadly Almohads momentum expelled triumph cathedral enraged town council unique

Geography - Deserts

In this unit we will explore what a desert is, how they are formed and what its climate and key physical features are. We will complete a case study of the Sahara and Patagonian deserts and learn about how plants and animals survive and adapt to the environment. We will look at how humans have used deserts.

Vocabulary:hydrated dehydrated desert vegetation arid Sahara Desert plummet lush sand dunes oasis oases store camels Sahel semi-arid drought productive non-productive desertification physical nutrients overgrazing herd over-farming Desert Core vocabulary variety flora fauna obtain desolate succulents cactus cacti spines prevent meerkat nocturnal chameleon Antarctica penguins polar bears blubber lichen modern traditional tents divert steppe Great Steppe Silk Road yurts portable Patagonia rain shadow hostile exceeds feature exposes extinct

Computing – Intro to Python

In this unit the children will learn about programming using Python. We will begin with decomposing a programme into an algorithm, writing our algorithms and learning how to quickly debug them to make them more efficient.

We will then remix existing programmes using the language of Python whilst using logical thinking to explore software independently, iterating ideas and test them continuously.

Vocabulary: Algorithm  Code  Command  Design  Import  Indentation  Input  Instructions  Loop  Output  Patterns  Random  Remix  Repeat  Shape

Religious Education: People of God

In this unit children will explain connections between biblical texts and the idea of God’s covenant with his people, using theological terms.  They will go on to show how Christians put their beliefs about living as the People of God into practice in different ways; for example, through the Five Marks of Mission, in community and individually. Finally, they will weigh up how Christian ideas about justice relate to the issues, problems and opportunities of their own lives and the world today, developing insights of their own.

Vocabulary: biblical  theology    belief   freedom   salvation   practice   belief   faith   justice   inspire   resurrection   sacrifice

Music- Film Music

In Music we will be recognising and confidently discussing the stylistic features of music and relating it to other aspects of the Arts and identify the way that features of a song can complement one another. When recording, we will represent changes in pitch, dynamics and texture using graphic notation and use musical vocabulary correctly when describing and evaluating the features of a piece of music. Finally, they will record their own composition using appropriate forms of notation and/or technology and discuss and evaluate their own and others work.

Vocabulary: Accelerando  body  percussion  brass  characteristics  chords  chromatics  clashing  composition  convey  crescendo  descending  dynamics  emotion  imagery  improvise  interpret  interval  major  melodic  minor  modulate  orchestral  pitch  sequence  solo  soundtrack  symbol timpani

MFL - French - In a French Classroom

In this unit, the children will learn to respond to and give simple instructions, learn and use vocabulary for items commonly found in a school bag and begin to build simple sentences using 'I have...' and 'I don't have...' and link ideas with 'and' or 'but.' By the end of the unit the children will use all they have learned to write short descriptions in French. 

PSHE - Safety and the Changing Body

In this unit, the children will learn about the effect of drugs such as alcohol and caffeine on the body, how to keep themselves safe online and when using social media. In addition, we will learn about the changes that occur during puberty, conception, pregnancy and childbirth.  A letter will be sent out to parents explaining the full content of this unit.

We will also learn about basic first aid. 

Vocabulary: Much of the vocabulary within this unit is of an age appropriate nature so will not be shared here.

D and T - Cams

In this unit, the children will investigate, design, make and evaluate a moving toy that uses cams as part of its mechanism. The children will complete focussed tasks to learn the measuring, cutting and joining skills necessary to be successful and learn how to use a range of tools and materials safely. 

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 design decisions functionality innovation authentic user purpose design specification design brief

PE - Dance and Volleyball

This half-term, we will continue with our Dance focus, but we will turn our attention to Street Dance. Within these sessions pupils will learn how to modify and enhance a choreographed motif with a focus on the use of dynamics to convey a mood and will look to incorporate all of the previously learnt devices such as cannon and levels. The nature of street will allow the pupils to pick out and dance to a range of rhythms with a song before performing their own choreography with confidence and precision. 
Key Vocabulary: rhythm    dynamics    beat   level   motif   direction    cannon   speed   choreography   unison   duet    solo   performance    choreographic devices   modify    develop    adapt 
Our outdoor focus this half-term is volleyball. Pupils will learn the basics of volleyball and will be introduced to the variety of passes used within a game situation and their purpose. Once confident, pupils will look to develop and use tactics to outwit an opponent as well evaluating their own and peer performances with a view of improving their technique. 
Key Vocabulary: Volleyball    spike   volley    set    bump   space    advantage   forearm     overhead    position    block    dig    let   kill    ace    assist    boundary    side lines