THE CREATIVE ME
Children will explore the movement of Victorian toys through dance and combine movements to create a group Toy Dance.
The children will:
- copy and remember moves and positions.
- move with careful control and coordination.
- link two or more actions to perform a sequence.
- choose movements to communicate a mood and feelings.
In music, the children will be exploring and appraising the basic style of popular reggae music.
They will have the opportunity to play instruments, recreating the heavy four-beat rhythm and compose their own rhytmns and patterns to play along with the music.
In art, the children will be working collaboratively to produce a large woven wall for a year group display. This will be linked to science and design and technology through the use of recycled materials.
Additionally the children will be developing artwork for a competition. The competition is in support of Christian Aid and focuses on climate change.
THE INDEPENDENT ME
Major Glad, Major Dizzy by Jan Oke is a fascinating book based on the true story of some old hidden toys which were lost and discovered under the floorboards of a house. The children will be using this as the stimulus for writing a recount in the form of a diary extract from the perspective of a toy soldier. The toy soldiers see the changes over time and experience key historical events like WW1 & WW2.
In English, the children will:
- use subordination (because and when & that)and coordination (and)
- write in the 1st person.
- use the progressive form of verbs in the present and past tense.
- use present and past tense correctly and consistently.
- write down ideas, key words, new vocabulary.
- use punctuation correctly introduce apostrophe for the possessive (singular)
- order events with adverbs of time.
Our Word Aware words this half-term are:
bulged, dainty, mislaid, private, fortunate, ceased, adventurous, contraptions, befall, sampler, floorboards, needle, empire, invent, horseless, tunnel, pantaloons, carriage, servant and manly.
In reading this half term, we will be exploring the book "Owen and the Soldier" by Lisa Thompson. The children will develop their predicting skills, inference skills and retrieval skills as well as making links to Major Glad, Major Dizzy.
In history, the children will use their independent learning skills to investigate famous events beyond living memory.
The children will study Britain's famous Queens and create a timeline of their reign and key events to show an understanding of the nation's history. Children can make links to key historial events from their reading in English.
THE INQUISITIVE ME
In mathematics, we will be exploring properties of shapes and fractions.
The children will:
- interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
- ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.
- ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data
- recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes.
- identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line.
- identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.
- identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes.
- compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects.
- recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
- recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
- recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/2, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
DESIGN & TECNOLOGY
In design & technology, the children will research, design and make a large woven, stitched and decorated wall hanging-using recycled materials.
Children will master practical skills by:
- measuring and marking out to the nearest centimetre.
- demonstrating a range of cutting and shaping techniques (such as tearing, cutting, folding and weaving.)
- demonstrating a range of joining techniques (such as gluing, hinges or combining materials to strengthen).
- shaping textiles using templates.
- colouring and decorating textiles using a number of techniques (such as dyeing, adding sequins or printing).
Children will have opportunities to evaluate their contributions and make improvements to the wall-hanging.
This half-term the children will use the computing programme Purple Mash to create databases and 2DIY to make their own quizzes developing the drag and drop skill.
The children will develop the following computing skills:
- use simple databases to record information in areas across the curriculum.
- use a range of applications and devices in order to communicate ideas, work and messages.
- sound- manipulate sound to communicate ideas, wok and messages.
During this half-term, we have an exciting SCIENCE WEEK planned when children can really develop their love of science through fun practical investigations.
The children will explore forces through motion and magnetism.
THE HEALTHY ME
In P.S.H.E. the children have the exciting challenge of planning and designing a Healthy Me Café. The children will need to consider how to eat healthily, how to relax and explore medicine safety.
Each week, the children will discuss and explore ideas for the cafe including designing healthy menus, relaxation areas and well-being events
The children will be focusing on Christianity and Salvation in R.E. this half-term by considering the following questions:
- Why does Easter matter to Christians?
- How do people make sense of life and death?
- How do Easter celebrations today link to the bible story?
- What do you find are puzzling aspects of life?
- What are the names of the Christian religious symbols?
In P.E. the children will continue to build on their fitness. We will be taking part in short circuits to increase our stamina and fitness levels as well as target games to develop key skills.
THIS IS ME
Democracy – The children will contribute to Pupil Voice through the Curriculum Crew to help improve engagement in maths. TED and the Eco council will also contribute to school improvements. Children will build on restorative justice which is outlined in the Federations behaviour policy.
Rule of Law - Children will demonstrate their understanding of rules and the need for rules by following the school's Good to be Green golden rules, in particular the new Covid rules to ensure everyone stays safe. Each class will participate in Jigsaw lessons. Children will demonstrate our Values/SBMAT PEACE values within and outside of school.
Mutual respect – The children will respect and tolerate other's achievements, beliefs and faiths through Religious Education lessons being taught Christianity and how they celebrate Easter. Children will enjoy paired reading and talk partners. Restorative justice will be followed through the Federation's behaviour policy, which will help children in recognising and appreciating the qualities linked to compassion that help create a caring community.
Tolerance - The children will demonstrate a healthy understanding and acceptance of different faiths and beliefs within our school community and the wider community. Consider how compassion leads to peace in the wider community and the world.
CHRISTIAN VALUES & SMSC
During this half-term, the children will be reflecting on the core value of compassion. From the core value children will be considering our 'big' question:
Who cares for you?
Spiritual – The children will explore what the bible tells us about compassion through stories such as ‘The Feeding of the 5000’ . The children will think about how they can apply these ideals and principles to their own lives and daily challenges. They will have the opportunity to reflect on times when they have needed compassion and they have shown compassion to others. What does it feel like?
Moral – The children will learn and reflect on the Easter Story. What can we learn from this? How can we be there for others? Who showed compassion and empathy?
Social – The children will participate in group and class discussions about compassion and consider questions such as: What is compassion? How can we show compassion to our friends? How can we show compassion to the wider and global community?
Cultural - The children will appreciate cultural influences and participate in opportunities within school, such as the Christain Aid art project, to contribute positively to the global community.
Created with images by Nicola Nuttall - "untitled image" • Pexels - "water pool turquoise" • Rainier Ridao - "Dance Group Chant" • Ricardo Moura - "untitled image" • Nate Greno - "Music heals" • Annie Spratt - "Christmas toy solider decoration with bokeh" • Hannah Olinger - "Journaling Over Coffee" • yuliethmorea - "shape geometry 3d" • Impact Photography - "Newspaper recycling" • Rymden - "Close up of male hands and laptop with blank screen. Mock-up of computer monitor. Copyspace ready for design or text" • Boba Jaglicic - "Colorful" • Jyotirmoy Gupta - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "Cross during sunset" • Jon Tyson - "untitled image"