For the first week of term, we will be finishing our unit on Skellig by David Almond. The children will be given the opportunity to look closely at the narrative writing that they did at the end of the last half term and use the powerful language used by David Almond to edit, improve their writing and set their own targets which will be shared with parents in our TLCs.
After that we will begin our non-narrative unit which will be linked to work we will be doing on Earth Day and climate change. The children will use ICT skills to produce an explanation and information leaflet and then will use their persuasion skills to develop their own environmental campaign - formal letter writing, persuasive poster, revise their debate skills and write a persuasive speech.
After that, we will go back to the Narrative theme as the children explore books from other cultures. The main text will be linked to our new History theme this term, which is the Kingdom of Benin. The children will use this to develop their story writing techniques, their command and fluency of a descriptive writing style and their ability to write exciting stories. The children will also have the chance to look at poetry and will perform poems written in the style of the African culture.
Later on in the term, the children will focus on non-fiction texts and will be give them the chance to write using a formal style, information texts for a range of purposes based on their learning in History.
After Skellig, by David Almond, the children will immerse themselves into a new novel - written in 2020 - Children of the Benin Kingdom by Sonia McGilchrist. The book is an adventure book about Ada, who goes in search of her heritage in the rainforests near where she lives. She then stumbles upon the Benin Kingdom and embarks upon dangerous adventures in a difficult time for the Kingdom. The setting descriptions are superb in this book and there are lots of historical and cultural references to the period of the Kingdom of Benin which the children are studying in their theme.
The children will also look at poems and a range of non-fiction information where they will refine their note taking skills and examination of historical sources.
Please could the children also make sure that they are reading their AR books frequently and completing the quiz at the end of the book. getepic.com also has other books within AR ranges, if the children need further access to books at home.
Rather than test revision, SPAG will focus more on the skills development of the children's writing this term.
We will particularly be focusing on using a wide variety of sentence openers and lengths to engage the reader depending on what theme they are writing about. The types of openers and sentences we will be looking at are fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, verb starters ad short sentences for impact. If you are unsure of some of the grammar terms of the primary national curriculum, the children have all become very good at explaining them.
We will also develop our use of punctuation: Ensuring that commas are used after fronted adverbials and between clauses in a sentence; the proper use of the apostrophe; using parenthesis, semi-colons and colons accurately; making sure that dialogue is punctuated correctly with punctuation before closing speech.
Spelling will continue as usual. The children will not only be learning words from the 5/6 spelling list but also using their yellow vocabulary books to collect usual spelling errors for them and also for stealing great vocabulary that they like.
In Maths, we will continue to follow the Mathematics Mastery program. To begin with, we will be recapping our work on decimals in Autumn term. The children will be given opportunities to calculate with decimals but also to order them and link them to fractions and percentages. We will then move onto understanding and calculating with percentages and learning about ratio and proportion. All of this work will be linked back to work done on Fractions back in the Autumn term.
Just before half term, the children will revisit measures. The children will use practical activities to read scales accurately. They will convert between different units of measure and between metric and imperial measures. This will enable them to apply their calculation skills and solve problems with money and measures.
After half term, the children will delve back into sequences and algebra. This will link into transition work that we will be doing to get them ready for secondary school.
If the children could continue to practise their times table facts and develop rapid recall, if they don't know them already, this will help them with all their topics. The children also have their own targets which they will tell you about. The BBC, NRICH and topmarks websites offer great tools for personal revision.
Every fortnight a new Learning With Parents video will be assigned to the class. These videos offer an activity to support learning and an activity to challenge.
Our History theme will be looking into the Kingdom of Benin - which was a Kingdom in Africa that is now part of southern Nigeria. The children will start with putting the topic into a geographical and historical context. They will use map skills to find the Kingdom in Africa which is not to be confused with the modern country of Benin which still exists next to Nigeria today. The children will then do some work on timelines. Where the Kingdom of Benin fits in all the other periods of history they have studied and a timeline of the main events of the Kingdom's period itself.
The children will then be given the opportunity to analyse primary and secondary sources from the period. They will look at stories that have been passed down, and look at the various archaeological artefacts left behind such as the Benin bronzes.
The children will then look at the various aspects of Benin society and their peoples - kings, chieftains and soldiers as they study their way of life. The religious beliefs and culture of this civilisation will also be researched and understood. They will compare their lives with the life of children in this kingdom and this will be linked to the book studied in English.
The whole topic will then be linked to the Europeans coming to Africa and the start of colonisation and the black slave trade....this will be linked to the wider theme of empire. The fall of the Kingdom will also be studied.
In science, the children will be learning about plants and animals, their lifecycles and how they thrive and reproduce. This unit will also recap on life processes, habitats and will link to work we will do on rainforests in our work on Earth Day and deforestation. The children will be given the opportunity to analyse the reproductive parts of a flowering plant and how flowering plants have adapted to survive. The children will then compare this with life cycles of animals and how animals reproduce. In summer 2, this will link to their work on 'changing me' in our PSHE RSE program.
In Summer 2 the children will revise electrical circuits and revise conducting and insulating materials.
Other areas of learning:
Physical Education will take place on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Please make sure that your child wears their kit to school on these days. This is a House PE shirt/plain white T-shirt or Polo Shirt, a pair of black, plain tracksuit bottoms or shorts in the warmer weather, trainers and their school jumper over the top. The children will be doing Tag Rugby and then athletics practice which will build up to Sport's Day.
In Religious Education, the children
In Personal, Social and Health Education, the children will start their Jigsaw theme which will be part of our R.S.E program. This will start in Summer 1 with relationships and then in Summer 2 with changing me - sex education and puberty.
In ICT, the children will learning about how to keep themselves and others safe online. They will be given the chance in all their subjects to use multimedia approaches to present their work and to develop their word processing skills.
In Art, the children will be studying the art from the Benin Kingdom. The children will be given the chance to develop their sketching and painting skills and then use modelling techniques to produce their own version of a Benin Bronze.
In Design and Technology, the children will develop their knowledge of electrical circuits and switches to make a motor which they can switch on and off. The children will then plan, design and make their own motorised moon buggy and then evaluate the effectiveness of the motor working and the moon buggy working across different surfaces.
Comprehension tasks for the half term or after
Extra practice for the children this half term.
If you would like an alternative year group please visit the year group of your choice and complete 'Week 4’ unit. You can navigate to these by choosing the subjects button at the top, then choose the year group of your choice, then choose the subject.
Then you can simply choose the lesson you want to complete.
Other sites you may choose to access for additional or alternative learning:
We understand that all families are being faced with different demands and challenges and therefore some of you may feel that these alternative resources work better for you and your circumstances:
All of the below will help you with working from home
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Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words!
Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?
Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.
This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning.
This website has lots of interactive maths games.
This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.
Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.
This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.
This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning.
Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website.
This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close.
With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London.
This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.
Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has a series of 5 minute videos aimed at children. He is also running a 30 minute PE session every morning at 9:00 on his youtube channel, which you should get to by clocking this link. Mrs Roberts will be moving along too..
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.'
This is a great website for fast learning. It pops up quick questions and gives explanations if you don't get the correct answers.
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