Our driver theme this term is all about The Romans, we will be investigating many aspects from this period using our enquiry question as a focus ‘Who were the Romans and what did we learn from them?’ This is a
history-based theme and will explore when and why the Romans invaded, whether the Britons
welcomed or resisted the Romans and also how the Romans influenced the culture of the people
already living in Britain.
In English this half term, we will be reading a variety of exciting books, both fiction and non-fiction to gain a deeper understanding of what life was like during the period of the Romans and as a stimulus for our writing. The children will be writing diary entries from the point of view of a Roman slave, writing character descriptions as well as setting descriptions using the class books ‘Roman diary: The journal of Iliona, a young slave’ and ‘Escape from Pompeii’.
Reading, as always, will be a crucial part of the children’s learning. The children will continue to use Accelerated Reader for their daily reading books, which they will also bring home. The children will also have whole class reading comprehension lessons using a variety of books and focusing on different domains such as retrieval, prediction, vocabulary and author’s choice.
In Maths, we will begin the term by focussing on place value. The first unit of work looks at place value in 4 digit numbers, finding 10,100 or 1000 more or less than a number and rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 or 1000. The children will then be using appropriate strategies for addition and subtraction calculations. We will then be looking at multiplication and division.
This half term, in Science, there will be two topics. The first topic is ‘Our changing world’ is all about classifying trees by looking at their leaves and identifying deciduous trees. We also look at classifying plants by their flowers. Our second topic called ‘Who am I?’ looks at classifying vertebrates and invertebrates.
We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:
There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'
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