During the first half of the Autumn Term, Elm Class will cover the following subjects within the topic of ‘Match Stalk Cats and Dogs’:
LITERACY: [T1] We will start the half term by looking at
‘Performance Poetry’. The children will read and perform a selection of poems
that have been designed to be read aloud and think about the most appropriate
way for them to be presented to an audience. They will study the structure and
language used in some of the poems to create their own stanzas that follow the
same pattern. They will use instruments and actions to perform their own poems.
Fables will be out next topic. The children will read a variety of Aesop’s fables
and think about the main features. They will learn to use inverted commas to
punctuate dialogue and use conjunctions for time and cause whilst studying
them. Finally, the children will plan and write their own version of a fable
that has a clear moral. Following on from this, we will start to think about
Discussion Texts. We will read ‘Town or Country: A Victorian Dilemma’ and
investigate both the pros and cons of living in the towns at the end of the
Industrial Revolution. We will think about the defining features of a
discussion, and we will practise the use of complex and conditional sentences
(for example, those starting with ‘If’). Following on from our investigations,
the children will plan a simple discussion text that will include an introduction,
a balanced argument for and against, as well as a conclusion.
NUMERACY: [T2] The children will start the year by learning to read, write and order numbers to 1000. They will use a variety of representations to recognise the place value in these numbers and round them to the nearest 10 or 100. Moving on, the children will focus on mental addition and subtraction strategies. They will learn to add ones, tens and hundreds to 2 and 3-digit numbers as well as recognise which calculations they need to use written method in order to solve. Following on from this, the children will concentrate on the measurement of length, in particular in relation to perimeter. We will use our mental calculation strategies to help us find perimeters and missing lengths. We will also learn how to draw 2D shapes using a protractor to work out right angles. Interpreting statistics from bar charts and pictograms where the scale increases by differing amounts will be their next challenge. The last 2 weeks of the half term will be dedicated to learning how to use formal written methods for the addition and subtraction of numbers.
SCIENCE: [T3] The children will begin to learn about skeletons, muscles and growth this half term. They will begin by using secondary sources to find out the purpose of skeletons and also how human skeletons compare to those of animals. Following this, the children will investigate and classify vertebrates, invertebrates and also animals with exoskeletons. Through investigations they will discover that as humans grow, so does the skeleton. Some children will use bar charts, whereas others will use a scatter graph to show this. The children will also learn about how muscles work. They will make their own models of muscles and begin to explain and describe the process of movement. Finally, through an experiment with egg shells, the children will see the nutritional impact that diet can have on the structure and strength of our bones.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: The children will start the unit ‘Called by God’ by discussing how they have felt when they have been asked to do something important, and also what choices they have made with regards to this. They will then go on to study some prophets, and ask questions about what it means to be called by God. Following this, they will retell the story of the prophet Jonah from the Bible using the medium of a diary or comic strip. Some will use this as a means to interpret a Bible story and identify Christian beliefs. Next, the children will learn about some modern day prophets and discover how they can carry out God’s will in their own life. They will explain what they think Prophets would speak out against in our world and find out about the impact on somebody when they respond to God’s call.
COMPUTING: [T4] The children will learn to use PowerPoint this half-term. They will be creating an information page about the Industrial Revolution, learning to save, open and edit their own work. The children will insert text and pictures that have been searched for and saved on the internet. They will record their own sound to reproduce the effect of cotton mills and insert this into their slides. In addition to this, the children will learn how to manipulate and change text to create different effects.
PE: [T5] The children will focus on invasion games this half term. They will partake in tag rugby coaching sessions with Mr Crook for one lesson per week. The other lesson we will focus on invasion games skills, focussing particularly on netball. The children will learn to throw using different types of passes including chest, shoulder, bounce and overhead.
GEOGRAPHY: [T6] We will consider how the Industrial Revolution has affected the North West of England by using maps and atlases to locate the countries of the UK and their capital cities, and using compasses to locate the North West and the counties in that region. Following on from this, the children will consider land use in the North West and how this has changed over time. They will discuss the advantages of the location of Quarry Bank Mill and use this knowledge to make suggestions of where they would locate a mill near Barton. From research, the children will consider the trade links established during the Industrial Revolution and use maps to draw the trade routes of cotton. Finally, the children will consider the importance of canals during the Industrial Revolution. Through fieldwork, we will make a simple sketch map and construct a key that will show the route from school to the Lancaster canal.
ART: [T7] This half term, we will focus on the work of L.S. Lowry. Firstly, the children will examine a range of his paintings and make comparisons. We will then learn how to mix colours using a limited palette of browns and greys in the style of Lowry, as well as learning how to draw ‘matchstalk’ figures by studying his work carefully. Finally, the children will design and paint their own industrial scene in the style of Lowry.
MUSIC: [T8] This year, Elm Class will be participating in the Blackburn Sing Together concert (more details to come!). All music lessons will focus on learning the songs for this performance. Outreach workers from Blackburn Cathedral will visit the children to work on their musical skills.
HISTORY: [T9] Firstly, the children will use a range of secondary sources to identify key changes in the period 1700 – 1950. They will then use primary sources including photographs to describe the conditions in the cotton mills of Lancashire, and they will write a diary from the point of view of a child worker in one of these factories. Using paintings, they will chronologically order events and consequences of the industrial revolution and use these to describe in detail the changes that happened during this period. Finally, the children will use their research to date to discuss the pros and cons of the industrial revolution in Lancashire.
FRENCH: This half term the children will learn to greet other people in French.