Children will read ‘Shackleton’s journey’ to deepen their understanding and writing work will be based around this book. We will then delve into the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus and uncover how he found the unknown lands of America. In reading, children will continue to develop their fact retrieval, inference and word meaning skills to become confident and fluent readers.
In maths, the children will be building upon their knowledge of the times tables and they will continuing with daily rehearsal of the written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will be continuing with Power Maths as a scheme of work to provide children with opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. We want to develop confident mathematicians who have fun and enjoy their learning in maths!
In the spring term, we will be travelling back in time to look at some of the world’s most famous explorers and the children will begin to follow the journey of some of their explorations! Starting with Ernest Shackleton and his adventures around the Antarctic, the children will apply previously taught knowledge of climate zones and environments to understand the treacherous conditions this explorer was experiencing.
In science, children will be looking at animals including humans, with a focus on the circulatory system, children will develop their understanding of this complex system within the human body. Children will then learn to Recognise the importance of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way the human body functions.
Children will build on this further by focussing on the ice and desert biomes within the geography lessons. To develop a deeper understanding, children will learn about the similarities and differences between these harsh and complex environments by exploring them in detail.
To promote healthy lifestyles, the children will be participating in a range of physical education. They will be developing their athletic abilities using both indoor and outdoor facilities.
Musical talents. The children will be developing their singing skills through the participation in a singing group led by a music specialist. In addition to this, the children will be following a music scheme adopted by the school: Charanga.
Children will continue with the focus of an artist to drive their art work. We will be focussing on Henry Matisse and the style of expressionism which explores the use of unnatural colours within different forms of art. Children will also experiment with making mosaics using different materials including tiles.
Children will develop their sense of respect and understanding for different people and different religions by exploring the different ways of expressing religion whether through art and architecture or through charity and generosity.
As part of our commitment to developing pupils’ personal, social, health and economic knowledge and skills, the children will be learning about their rights and responsibilities as a citizen both in school and as part of the wider world.