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Our focus this half term will be on the heroes and villains in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. We will explore synonyms and antonyms for heroes and villains and share reading of an adapted text of Romeo and Juliet. We will use a working wall to extend our learning. We will look at specific scenes in detail and contrast these with more modern versions. We will use book talk to explore short extracts from the original text and focus on language and unfamiliar vocabulary. We will explore a scene to read aloud as part of a small group and employ dramatic effect to engage listeners whilst reading aloud. We will explore the key journeys of the main characters and infer feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify inferences with evidences. We will then take our Literacy learning in a different direction where we will invent our own superhero and villain and begin to create a narrative that includes a dilemma and resolution. In grammar, we will explore tense variations, verb forms, tense and consistency, the subjunctive form and explore word classes in further detail. Guided read will continue this half term with the view that groups and text will change before the end of the half term to provide a different set of foci. Spelling will continue where we will look at –ible / -able; building words from roots, add prefixes and suffixes and focus on proofreading and editing skills. Mrs Piron will teach comprehension and Grammar aspects each Friday morning this term.
As well as revising aspects of number and place value, children will describe positions on a full coordinate grid, draw and translate shapes on the coordinate plane and reflect them in the axes. They will use negative numbers on context and calculate and interpret the mean as an average. Children will multiply and divide simple pairs of proper fractions , writing the answer in its simplest form and divide proper fractions by whole numbers; we will continue to revise equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue to refine all four operations and strategies to solve multiplication and division problems. All four operations will be refined and we will look more closely at ratio and proportion and measures. Children will revise properties of 2d and 3d shape including areas and perimeters. We will explore the nth term when looking at sequences as well as interpreting line graphs and data sets. Arithmetic will continue on a Friday where children will get the chance to work through a variety of questions within a set time; opportunities to correct and explore corrections are given during the week.
In science, we will explore exercise, health and the circulatory system. Here, children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and describe the way nutrients and water are transported. They will explore the heart as a major organ and how this works. We will use the school grounds to make a trail of exercise and rank the activities according to difficulty. We will learn how to take pulse rates and record these with our investigations to explore the results of activity on our heart. In a further unit of science, children will build on previous learning about electricity. They will look at voltage and compare and give reasons for variations in how components function and use and recognise symbols when representing a circuit diagram.
This half term, we will explore our Easter unit. Children will consider questions such as : Who was Jesus? Who is Jesus? Who did Jesus say he was? Was Jesus the Messiah? They will use skills of investigation, interpretation and analysis to express their own and the opinions of others in response to these questions. They will use the Bible as a source to discover answers.
Our computing will be linked to art this half term where we will build on our work with Andy Warhol-style artwork linked to heroes and villains. Children will use a programme such as Photoflexer to represent their image and turn it into Warhol-style artwork.
Children will be transported back through time to the Anglo Saxons as we begin our study of crime and punishment. There will be a particular focus on the Victorian era when major developments took place. Children will learn what kinds of criminal acts took place over time and how society viewed and treated criminals. Children will debate alternative viewpoints in order to come to informed and responsible conclusions. They will learn about the ways people, communities and places have changed over time and how they are interconnected. Children will also learn about the development of the Policing and punishments system from Victorian Britain by studying Sir Robert Peel and be shown how we have the system we have today.
Rachel from Broughton Music Academy will continue to teach music each Tuesday afternoon.
Children will design a healthy menu for a variety of people including children, patients, the elderly or a family. They will research, plan, design and evaluate a healthy meal for one of these groups, taking into account whether the consumer would look appetising. Children will explore whether their meal is balanced and if the meal needs to look the same for an adult and a child. There will be links to maths in this area of learning.
Children will begin their unit on dance each Monday afternoon.
Children will explore being healthy as part of their PSHE lessons. They will recognise that different people and different cultures have different lifestyles, understand that they can begin to take more decisions about their own health, understand that there are many influences and dilemmas that affect a healthy lifestyle and widen their understanding of the people who work to keep them healthy and safe.
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