Our theme this term is ‘Arrivals & Departures.’ To begin with, we will aim to use our knowledge and experience from our trip to RAF Scampton to learn more about the role of the Dambusters in our local history study. We will explore the Battle of Britain to create a timeline of events that led up to that fateful event whilst learning more about Guy Gibson and the lives of the brave airmen.
In Art, the children will experiment with ‘Sweetheart Brooch’ designs, develop a new insignia badge for the RAF and create a cartoon in the style of the Bruce Bairnsfather cartoons which were infamous during WW2.
In English we will be developing our knowledge and application of Speech, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), in accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines. This term, the children will be increasingly expected to independently use dictionaries to correct spellings and find vocabulary definitions as well as utilising the thesaurus to generate synonyms that expand their fluency and precision in written language.
Our interest in the Dambuster raid will form the subject of our writing to include ‘a letter home,’ a witness account of what could be seen in the skies over England and instructions on how to use a ‘spy shoe’ which the children will design using their inner Q!
The historical theme will connect with Science and the topic of ‘Light.’ The children will be able to recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light which was necessary during WW2 to keep safe. They will also experiment with patterns and shadows to understand that they are formed when light is blocked by an opaque object.
Later in the term, Fig Class will continue to develop their skills as geographers as once again we journey across the Atlantic Ocean. This time will be studying Early Settlements in North America such as the lost colony of Roanoke Island and to learn about Totem Poles through Art. We will look at the more successful colonisation of Jamestown as well as significant Native Americans including the story of Pocahontas before moving on to find out about the Pilgrims.
In Maths, we will continue to develop our understanding of decimals and solving problems using measure, money, fractions and percentages. Further learning will involve statistics by comparing, sum and difference problems using pictograms, bar charts, tables and other graphs. The children will convert between different units of measure such as, mm and cm, m and km, g and kg, ml and l as well as the conversion of time (using both digital and analogue clocks) eg, seconds to minutes, minutes to hours, weeks to days, years to months etc.
There will also be a focus on properties of 2d representations and 3d shape including using their properties to deduce related facts and find missing lengths. Angles will be a significant part of the learning with the children measuring them in degrees and again solving deeper learning problems before moving on to position and direction of shapes and co-ordinates.
We will continue with maths as the first daily task so that by the end of the year, the children will have mastered addition, subtraction and multiplication using column method consistently and accurately as well as the bus stop method for division.
Times Table Superheroes…the children are now able to compare their old scores and times for each week with their new ones demonstrating that hard work pays dividends! They need to keep on challenging themselves to know their times tables off by heart to develop faster recall when using factors and increasing their overall fluency in mathematics. If you feel your child needs a little extra…try asking them to multiply one digit by two eg, if 5x5 = 25 what will 50x5 =? What is 60x7=? Ask them to show you the patterns that they find and see if they can discover a theory that proves to be correct each time.
Our Christian value for this term is Peace. We will be thinking quite deeply and considering what our understanding of Peace is, whether it is possible for Peace to be achieved and how this could be done.
In French, we will continue to reinforce learning about days, months, time, colours and numbers as well as moving on to fruits and vegetables at the market as well as saying I like and I don’t like.
Spelling will be based on ‘spelling families,’ homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings), a range of adverbials and spelling rules for adding suffixes (-ed, -s, -es, -ies, ing).
Please listen to your child read at home…even if it is only a paragraph. It is very important to question their understanding of what they are reading especially as they are becoming increasing fluent readers. Ask your child questions such as, What has happened? How do you think the character feels? How do you know this? What could happen next? What would happen if…? This helps them to show you the accuracy of the picture they are forming as the story progresses as well as checking that they’ve picked up on subtle inferences that come with more complex stories/themes.
We would welcome anyone who would like to come in to school to help support children with spelling activities, practising times tables or reading with them. If you are interested, please come and see me.
Watch the film The Dambusters
Who was Guy Gibson’s furry friend?
Do you know anyone that was involved in WW2? What can they tell you about it?
What lessons do we need to learn from War?
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