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Autumn (1) 2014

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Autumn (2) 2014                    COAST


Look at the pictures of our class on our geography walk at Overton.  Children used an OS map and had to identify several landmarks on the map from a set of pictures.  On top of this, we enjoyed a beautiful and fun day out whilst learning outdoors.



We will begin the half term by exploring a range of poems which use personification to communicate with readers.  Children will be encouraged to use surreal, surprising and amusing imagery in their own coastal poems which they will perform to the class as well as reciting a whole class poem by heart.  Children will then move on to use their knowledge from geography and science to begin planning and writing an explanation of coasts.  They will create an effective non-fiction text, making appropriate language and presentational choices to meet a particular purpose and audience.  We will revise work on complex sentences by identifying the main clause, the subordinate clause and also look at ways of connecting clauses. Children will begin to learn to precise longer passages.  We will also explore ways to persuade by compiling group leaflets which use our knowledge from coasts.  Children will use different forms of ICT where appropriate.  Guided Read will take place each day for different groups and spellings will take place Monday to Friday.  Each Friday will either be a comprehension or grammar lesson and The Big Write will take place on a Friday once every three - four weeks.  


In Numeracy, children will explore place value including decimals and negative numbers.  They will explain what each digit represents in whole numbers and decimals and will partition, round and order these numbers.  We will also begin to explore special numbers including multiples, factors, prime numbers and squares and branch into how symbols can represent numbers and algebra.  They will use knowledge of place value to add and subtract and they will find differences, doubles and halves of decimals.  Children will refine methods for addition and multiplication.    They will calculate mentally with integers and decimals.  There will be a big focus on  times tables and associated facts; this will be extended to multiplying decimals as well as applying facts to percentages.  Some children will begin Brain Academy this half term – this will extend mental and verbal reasoning as well as building confidence to answer higher order questions.



Children will recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines and use this idea to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.  Children will explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes.  They will use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.  We will also explore the water cycle as a link to our topic of Coast.


This half term the children will be focussing on Life as a Journey.  Here, children will be given the opportunity to ponder on the taught that life is a journey and what it means to make that journey as a Christian.  They will begin to understand the concept of undertaking a religious pilgrimage. 



In ICT, children will design and write an interactive programme based around using Scratch programming software.  They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.  They will use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work.


As the leading theme for our topic this term, children will engage in both field and classroom-based work to discover the nature of coasts.  Children will be introduced to coastal environments and explore what features and facilities are present there.  They will use OS maps and four and six-figure grid references, symbols and keys to name and locate geographical regions and their human and physical characteristics.  Children will explore topographical features including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers, as well as land use patterns and how these may have changed over time.  They will be introduced to the concepts of changing coastal environments such as erosion, deposition and longshore drift.  As well as examining how erosion takes place, children will also understand the significance of rock type in relation to amounts of erosion and explore natural headland features and be introduced to the human consequences of coastal erosion.  We will then contrast this knowledge with looking at similarities and differences of another area in the UK and beyond.  This study will be linked to the water cycle. 



Children will use chalk and oil pastels to create a landscape coastal picture.  We will begin by exploring the elements needed to create a landscape picture, then move on to studying some famous artists work such as Cezanne, Van Gough and Georgia O’Keeffe.  Children will then research an area of interest within the UK and begin to produce their own work in the style of one of the artists studied.



This half term, children will begin swimming at Garstang Swimming Pool.  This will be on a FRIDAY morning.  They will continue to build on swimming competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m.  They will use a range of strikes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.  A further slot of PE will take place on Friday afternoon where children will concentrate on competitive tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.  Angela McNeela will be delivering the tennis lessons.



Music lessons will be delivered by a specialist from Broughton Music Academy.  Children will study a great composer and develop an understanding of the history of music.  They will also improvise and compose music.  Children will continue with recorders this half term.


This term, the children will continue to learn French each Tuesday afternoon.  They will learn by heart and perform a short poem and song;  use mime, gesture and tone of voice to convey meaning; memorise and recite a song, poem, story or description.  Children should also be able to  identify the type of text being heard as well as notice and identify punctuation in a text. 


Our lessons in PSHE will build on our class rule of team working.  Children will explore how we can be respectful towards others and know that people react in different ways when working in a group.  They will begin to recognise group dynamics as well as skills of negotiation and compromise.

Topic Hook: Making a large-scale jigsaw map of the Overton area

Topic Celebration: visit to Sambo’s Grave, near Overton