During the first half of the summer term, Beech Class will cover the following subjects within the topic of ‘Barton Superheroes’:
Firstly, we will look at poetry and discuss structure, rhyme and rhythm. The children will learn a poem off by heart and perform using their own ideas for actions. We will then go on to work in groups to generate a word and idea bank that will help children write their own poem called ‘Super Teacher’. Following on from this, the children will focus on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar activities in preparation for the SATs tests. They will revise punctuation including full stops, capital letters including for proper nouns, commas in a list, question and exclamation marks. Past / present and future tenses will also be looked at along with different sentence types (command, exclamation, question, statement), conjunctions, word types (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs) and apostrophes for possession and contraction. We will then move on to fantasy/adventure stories and our focus will be Eliot the Midnight Superhero. From this, the children will work towards writing their own news reports about one of Eliot’s adventures. They will also plan and write their own story about one of Eliot’s midnight rescue missions!
We will start by revising number and place value in the context of statistics. The children will create pictograms where the picture may not represent one and bar charts with scales that increase by different amounts. They will also learn to partition numbers in different ways, e.g. 43 = 40 + 3 / 20 + 23 / 13 + 33 etc. Following on from this, the children will revise methods for addition and subtraction and solve problems that involve missing numbers and money. Capacity and temperature will be the focus of the following week, with children learning to measure capacity (ml and l) to the nearest appropriate unit and compare the results using <,> and + and then measure temperate to the nearest degree. Moving on, the children will revise fractions of a shape and number and then look again at telling the time in 5 minute intervals as well as solve problems that involve the passing of time. Finally, we will learn to name and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes using the correct vocabulary.
Our focus for science this half term will be materials. Through close observation, the children will identify different materials and where they are used. They will sort, classify and compare materials with different properties and show how some objects may be made from more than one material. They will test and record the properties of certain materials, including how they might be changed and begin to use their observations to explain why some materials are suitable for making certain objects. Finally, the children will carry out 2 fair test investigations in which they will question which type of paper is the strongest and which tights are the most stretchy. In order to do this, they will learn how to ask questions, change only one variable, work methodically and scientifically and record results in table or chart form.
In RE we will learn about Ascension Day and why it is so important to Christians. We will discuss how Jesus’ disciples may have felt and our own thoughts and feelings when we have to say ‘goodbye’ to somebody. The children will be able to retell the events of Ascension, before we move on to Pentecost. We will talk about the Holy Spirit and why so many people became Christians that day. After learning about the significance of Pentecost, the children will create actions to fit the story, through drama. They will move on to think about, and create, their own Pentecost symbols through arts and crafts. Finally, they will use all their knowledge to write a short piece about Pentecost and its importance to Christians.
In Computing, we will continue to work on programming. The children will learn to use an online programme called ‘Hour of Code’. Through this, they will become the heroes of Star Wars and build a new galaxy in which they must defeat their enemies. The program teaches the children how to use simple steps (blocks of code) to make things move, and how to use ‘When’ and ‘If’ commands. Simple debugging is also investigated and children are supported and encouraged to fix problems, if and when something goes wrong.
In games lessons, the children learn to roll using a bat and ball. They will explore different ways of striking objects and then improve their co-ordination in throwing and hitting skills. Through small-sided games, the children will choose and vary simple tactics and develop an awareness of space. The children will also complete some athletics activities including improving running and throwing techniques.
Children will learn that the school and its surroundings form part of Barton community. Through simple fieldwork, the children will plot a basic map of the area, identifying and describing where places are. Children will learn to observe and record their findings on digital maps, including drawing and measuring routes. We will explore which features of the locality can be changed through a visit from local members of the community, and learn the steps already taken by some people such as the head teacher and governors to look after the school environment. Finally, the children will listen to the advice of community members and become ‘Barton heroes’ by helping to improve the area by making posters / signs to encourage others to look after Barton, and they will take part in an activity to improve the local area themselves.
Children will complete a textiles project that involves designing and making their own Superhero badge. They will select pictures of famous superhero badges to develop ideas of their own. Drawings and notes will be used to record their ideas. The children will then move on to colouring fabrics using a range of techniques e.g. fabric paints, printing, painting. They will move on to cutting out the shape of the badge, by drawing round a template onto the fabric. They will test and evaluate different joining techniques for their badge, including stapling, gluing, taping and sewing.
In Music, our focus will be a rock song called, ‘I Wanna Play in a Band’. Through games, singing and playing instruments, we will discuss different musical elements. Amongst other dimensions of music, we will talk about pulse, rhythm, pitch and tempo in various rock songs, including ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. By the end of this unit, the children will be able to perform their musical compositions.
In PSHE we will think about belonging and how we all belong to different groups, including our family and Beech class itself. The children will think about what people have in common when they are in the same group or club, before creating a picture spider diagram of the groups they belong to. Linking to this, we will think about the rules we abide to in our groups, and rules in general. In particular, we will talk about our class rules and responsibilities, before creating a display of Beech class rules. The children will then have the opportunity to take part in a simple classroom debate. We will think about how we can improve our class and how we can make positive contributions to our school.