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Our current topic this Spring term is  :

 HEROES AND VILLAINS

LITERACY

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.


MATHS

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.


SCIENCE

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.

RE

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.


COMPUTING

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.   

HISTORY

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.    

MUSIC

Rachel from Broughton Music Academy will continue to teach music each Tuesday afternoon.  

DT

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.

PE

Children will begin their unit on dance each Monday afternoon.   

PSHE

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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