Children will begin the first week with comprehension and grammar activities including prefixes and suffixes, prepositions, pronouns and subordination. As our topic commences, children will look at non-fiction books in order to collect information about the prominent naturalist, Charles Darwin and create a Biography about him. Children will also combine their knowledge from science to create a piece of writing that explains the ideas of evolution and how Darwin’s ideas caused outrage with the Church. We will also look at diary writing through the eyes of Charles Darwin. Continuing from last half term, we will encourage the identification and use of higher level connectives, sentence starters and also the use of the comma, hyphen and semi colon will be focused on. We will revise grammatical terms and apply these in our writing. Guided Read will be once a week and spelling groups will continue as usual.
Children will begin this half term by looking at fractions including the relationship between mixed and improper fractions. Children will also explore angles and use a protractor to measure these to the nearest degree. In addition, children will continue to distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. Children will also use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and missing lengths and angles. They will identify 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations; they will compare and classify geometric shapes including quadrilaterals and triangles. Children will explore coordinates in the first quadrant of a coordinate grid.
In Computing, children will continue developing their programming skills using Kodu. They will add to the world they have developed by creating a sequence of commands for the Kodu to follow.
During this half term, children will begin by looking at Easter. As a school, we will explore Easter and have directed activities that look at the depiction of Easter through different artists and look at the meaning of the actions of people within the story. In addition, children will, in class, study the Book of Daniel. They will be able to retell details of the story of Daniel and link parts of the story with Christian beliefs about God. They will be able to describe how Daniels faith impacts on his life and how his story is inspirational. Children will then have the opportunity to discuss questions of identity and belonging and express their opinion about the choices made by Biblical characters.
This subject will dominate our topic as children recognise how things have changed over time and how fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will appreciate the variation in offspring and species over time and that this can make animals more or less able to survive in particular environments. Pupils will also find out about the work of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning and about how Charles Darwin developed his ideas on evolution. This aspect will be handled sensitively to the ideas of the Church and Creation.