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Summer 1

Topic: Ancient Egypt and Rivers

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Continued from Spring term, we will be still looking at the topic of Ancient Egypt and Rivers. This term will focus on using the new Humanities curriculum with Haringey Education Partnership. For each topic, children will explore a wide range of important vocabulary and ideas, which will support them in developing their reading skills by deepening their knowledge of the world and expanding their vocabulary knowledge.

The first topic in the HEP curriculum is Ancient Egypt, meaning that our Ancient Egypt topic will continue this term, but we will be exploring new areas and ideas. We will be learning about settlements around the Nile, the role of the Nile in Ancient Egyptian Civilization, religion, government, art, great monuments, farming and beliefs about death. We will learn about these areas through stories and discussing key vocabulary, which you can see below.

Vocabulary: Valley of the Kings, archaeologists, tomb, ancient Egypt, remains, hieroglyphic, ebony, Tutankhamun, historians, civilisation, BC/Before Christ BCE/Before the Common Era, Nile, Mediterranean Sea, kingdom, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt, united, crown, double crown, pharaoh, taxes, enemies, priests, scribes, sacred carvings, fertile, mine, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom, pyramids, Giza, Cheops, ankh, overpower, weapons, Amun Ra, hawk, Osiris, Isis, dependent, flooded, universe, order, Ma’at, Anubis, afterlife, underworld, limb, decaying, preserve, embalming, mummification, Rosetta, hieroglyphs, Rosetta Stone, translated, Demotic, Greek, cartouche, inscriptions, carved, papyrus


In maths we will work on embedding the fundamental skills within Mathematics. This will involve recapping some previous learning from the beginning of the year such as place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division to ensure children are ready to progress into Year 4.  Please keep an eye on Seesaw for updates on what we are covering each week to support at home.

We will also continue to practise a range of arithmetic methods through Number and Lightning.


Book: The Pebble in my Pocket written by Meredith Hooper and illustrated by Chris Coady.

Blurb: In the middle of summer in the middle of the night, an enormous slice of cliff splits away from a mountainside and crashes down, shattering into fragments. Where do pebbles come from? How were they made? Tracking the story of a pebble from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to its place in a modern landscape, science writer Meredith Hooper follows the processes of rock-formation and erosion that create new pebbles all over the world.

We will use this information book to link with our previous learning of mountains and volcanos using our background knowledge. We will use it to learn and discuss how the Earth has changed over time and use ideas from the text to create different pieces of writing. Some styles of writing we will use are poetry, a narrative recount, an explanation text and persuasive writing.

Science: Light

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We will be learning about how we see things using lights, how light reflects off surfaces and how shadows are made.

Vocabulary: light, dark, ray, shadow, reflect, mirror, sun, opaque, transparent, translucent 

Other curriculum areas:

PSHE: Safety and the Changing Body

In PSHE we will be learning about how to call emergency services and how to respond to bites and stings. We will work on becoming a responsible digital citizen through learning about cyberbullying and identifying unsafe digital content. We will also develop awareness of road safety. 

Vocabulary: calmly, reassure, casualty, emergency, 999, incident, location, injuries, landmarks, identification, information, hazards, awareness accident, prevention, assistance, anaphylaxis, allergic, airways, breathing, reddening, puncture, swelling, infection, venom, reaction, auto injector, positive, email, kind, identity, password, intended, cyberbullying, phishing, fake, real, decision, rather, choice, influence, distraction, rules, safety

Design and Technology - turning a 2D shape design into a 3D project

We will work on a design, make and evaluate project which will focus on using sewing techniques to join fabric together. We will investigate which stitches are the strongest and most useful. Finally we will use our sewing knowledge to create a 3D product and evaluate its functionality and use. 

Vocabulary: fabric, fastening, compartment, zip, button, structure, finishing technique,      strength, weakness, templates, stitch, seam, seam allowance, user, purpose, design, model, evaluate, annotated sketch, functional, innovative, investigate, label, drawing, aesthetics, function 

Computing - Algorithms and programming

We will learn what an algorithm is and how to debug this and then begin to create programming using Scratch. 

Vocabulary: debug, algorithm, instructions, program, bug, computer, decompose, device, input, output, solution

Geography - Rivers

We will be learning about all of the features of a river and comparing the River Thames and River Severn.

Vocabulary: mountain, Tibet, mountain range, Himalayas, springs, Indus, India, Pakistan glaciers, monsoon, channel, tributaries, Arabian Sea, Afghanistan, river levels, dams reservoirs, canals, irrigation, irrigate, turbine, hydro -power, parched, palla, province, Sindh, delicacy, source, Earth, atmosphere, state, solid, liquid, gas, water vapour, water cycle, evaporates, evaporation, condenses, surface runoff, ground, water transpiration, erosion, erodes, particles, load,  deposits, deposition, upper course, riverbed, V-shaped valley, spurs, mature, meanders, sediment, mouth, estuary, reeds, delta, mangroves, Welsh, River Severn, Wales, Shrewsbury, cattle, salmon, streamlined, bore, Gloucester, tide, curlews, sandpipers, conservation, pollute, pollution

History – Ancient Egypt

See above

PE – Athletics

Working on developing a range of jumping, throwing and running skills as well as then evaluating our own performance. 

Vocabulary: projection, stamina, pace, vortex throw, long jump, triple jump, speed, long and short distance

RE – Gospel - What is the good news that Jesus brings?

Within Christianity we will be looking at Gospel (the life and teaching of Jesus) and the role of the first disciples. All of our learning will help us to answer the question 'What is the good news that Jesus brings?'. 

Vocabulary: gospel, bible, peace, forgiveness, sermon, commandment 

French – Core units

We will recap the basic french skills such french greetings, asking questions and giving basic information. New learning will cover about my family, colours and counting.

Links to Learning sites

Ancient Egypt -

Rivers -

Computing (Scratch) -

Bedrock -

TT Rockstars -

Important diary dates:

12/04/2021 - Summer term starts

3/05/2021 - Bank Holiday

3/05/2021-7/05/2021 Parent/Carer Consultation Appointments

13/05/2021 - Book Trust Pyjamarama Day

28/05/2021 - Last Day of Half Term