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Our theme for summer term is:




            ​​​Our main driver this half term is History with a strand of Geography, the enquiry this term is  ‘How did the civilization of Egypt wax and wane?'

The children will begin the enquiry by discovering where in the world Egypt is and what Egypt is famous for.


We will then move on to discover The Nile and relate this their recent knowledge from the previous theme 'Why are rivers so important?' discovering the cities that The Nile runs through and how the river has had such a huge impact on the lives of Ancient Egyptian civilisations, as well as modern day living and the negative impact it may have had.


Through these investigations of enquiry, the children will discover facts about the Egyptians,


such as who ruled Ancient Egypt and how we know about Egypt’s past through investigation of archaeology. We will explore how Egyptians built such immense buildings and explore tombs and mummification. We will explore pharaoh’s; who they were and the responsibilities they had.


They will finally learn about the famous drought, as well as other historical events such as the building of the Aswan High Dam, the 6-day war as well as the Suez Crisis.




Our English lessons this term will be linked to our next thematic enquiry ‘How did the civilization of Egypt wax and wane?' The children will begin this term by looking at the wonderfully presented non-fiction book 'Egyptology' by Dugald Steer (this is an interactive book with a multitude of artefacts). Our 'class read' will be the fantastic and much-loved Flat Stanley - this time he takes us on a journey to Egypt in the title: 'The great Egyptian Grave Robbery' by Sara Pennypacker. The children will begin the term by writing a recount, they will use The Literacy Shed as another stimuli where an Egyptologist gets stuck in a pyramid. They will also have the opportunity to write a diary entry, writing from another person’s point of view. The children will also have the chance to write a biography all about Cleopatra. Following on from this English unit, the children will write a newspaper report on the death of Cleopatra, they will write a discussion text exploring pharaohs and slavery and will complete the year with an Egyptian narrative story inspired by another class story 'Secrets of the Sun King,' this is a book set in 1922, where Lilian (the main character) and her friends embark on a journey to return a package to its resting place in order to stop a curse.

Alongside all of the above, the children will have plenty of opportunities to explore other texts to support their writing such as: 'Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx' by Joe Todd Stanton and 'So You Think You've Got It Bad? A Kid's Life in Ancient Egypt' by Chae Strathie.





This term in maths we will be learning lots of new skills linked to the following areas of maths:


      * Solving measures and money problems   * Shape and symmetry  * Position and direction     

      * Reasoning with pattern and sequencing   * 3D shape


Note to parents: 

Please take a look at the 'unit narratives' at the very bottom of the page so you are aware of what your child will be learning.




In this module the children will build on their understanding of hearing, which was covered in Year 1 (Using our senses) They will develop their vocabulary for describing sounds and identify different sound sources. They will learn that sounds are made by something vibrating and that these vibrations travel through a medium to the ear so that we hear them. They will learn that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. They will explore ways to change the pitch and volume of sounds. When working scientifically, children will look for patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it. They will also explore the pitch of a sound and ways in which it can be changed. They will do this by investigating how to make and change the sounds produced in a range of different ways. They will have the opportunity to set up simple comparative and fair tests, take measurements, including using data loggers, and report on their findings.



In Art this term, we will explore the artistry involved with Egyptian hieroglyphics and scribing’s and discover the techniques/skills required for these carvings to be made such a long time ago.

The children will make observational drawings of the Egyptian monuments/hieroglyphics to gain more of an understanding around the style, shape and techniques used.


We will move on to investigate why and how the Egyptians made paper and discover the various ways it can be made today.

The children will then plan the process for themselves choosing one of the techniques introduced to them.


Finally, the children will then create Egyptian hieroglyphic /Egyptian art work designs developing their sketching skills further.

The children will complete the unit by making evaluations of their final product.





With the current theme being all about Egyptians, we will also kick start this D&T unit off by mummifying some fruit (preserving) We will look at how Egyptians preserved bodies and use a similar technique with some fruit like apples/tomatoes. The children will create a food diary, making a record of all the food they consume on a weekly basis. We will investigate what a healthy balanced diet is and compare this to their own food diary. We will discuss which food groups they perhaps need to focus on eating more of/less of.


The children will then investigate their own opinions and senses, we will explore a variety of foods and complete a sensory test. This will inform their choices of what to include what they make their own Egyptian flatbread/bread. The children will become confident with describing foods and will also rate food using a sensory scale.


The children will then investigate how bread is made today, they will learn the process of how it is made from farm, to factory, to shop. They will then investigate a variety of ingredients which are in various loaves of bread. This will support them when choosing their own ingredients for their own bake! They will learn new cutting skills and consider these skills when planning their own recipes.

They will carefully plan their recipe and source some of the extra ingredients they choose to include.

The children will end this unit by evaluating their doughy creations and asking their families to evaluate them too.






P.E will be taught on Tuesday every week. The children will need to come dressed in the following on PE days.


  • School sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Polo top – either their house group colour or their white polo top.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms / shorts when warmer weather
  • Clean training shoes


Please see separate letter for information regarding swimming lessons for summer term.




Take a look at some of the things we have been getting up to…

Book Reviews

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.'

                               Useful Links to Practise Key Skills 

Literacy Links

Free e books - just register  




Maths Links


P.E Links  

Look out for information being sent to you with login details to use this at home!


Daily half an hour workouts Monday - Friday 9 a.m (Don't worry if you missed it, they are all saved)



Curriculum Links                                      Myleene's Music Klass




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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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