During the final half term of the year, Beech Class will cover the following subjects within the topic of ‘Dinosaurs’:
In Literacy, our first topic will be poetry. We will focus on a dinosaur poem entitled, ‘At the Museum’. The children will identify features of poems, add their own actions to a poem and work in groups to create an additional stanza. Eventually, all pupils will create their own dinosaur poem. We will then move on to explanation texts. We will discuss features of explanation texts, before planning and writing our own versions of, ‘How do we know about Dinosaurs?’ Beech class will consider layout and images, as well as facts, connectives, fronted adverbials and writing styles. Finally, we will look at diaries and link this to our History topic on Mary Anning. Eventually, the children will be able to write their own diary entry about an exciting fossil discovery!
In Numeracy we return to time in Week 1, focussing on telling the time to five minutes and comparing and sequencing intervals of time. We will then move on to multiplication and division, looking at different methods including arrays, grouping and sharing. For statistics, we will learn about bar charts, pictograms, tally charts and simple tables. The children will be able to collect their own data via a tally chart and then create a bar chart to show their results. In Week 4 we will revisit measurement. For capacity, we will make an exciting Invisibility Potion! For length, we will estimate and measure different items in the classroom and outside. For mass, we will measure ingredients to make salt dough. Once the salt dough has been baked, the children will be able to carve and create their own fossil models. We will then move on to sorting 2D and 3D shapes. Pupils will become confident at comparing and sorting shapes and numbers, according to their properties.
In Science, we will finish our material work by investigating, ‘Which tights stretch the furthest?’ We will then move on to plants, considering what plants need to stay alive. Our investigation will involve placing plants under different conditions and predicting which plant/s will grow and whether any will die. We will observe and record findings each week, before making conclusions based on this evidence. The children will discuss and create their own diagrams, showing the life cycle of a plant. They will also have the opportunity to plant their own sunflower seed to take home!
Mary Anning the fossil hunter will be the focus of our history lessons, and will be partly taught through literacy. The children will begin by sequencing life events and some children will go on to make a ‘living graph’ to show Mary’s feelings at each point during her life. They will then go on to use other sources of information such as diaries and photographs to find out about the past. Through these, the children will learn how Mary’s fossil hunting changed how people thought about the world, including how male scientists viewed females, as well as how her discoveries helped scientific understanding.
‘The Church’ will be our topic for this half-term, and during this time, the children will learn how to show respect for other people’s special places, as well as their own. We will visit the church regularly, using this time to name features of the building and recognise the symbolic meaning of various parts. The children will ask questions about church and learn what happens there. Finally, after meeting various people from the community, the children will discover how the church is a body of people, rather than simply a building.
In Computing we will work on word processing and presenting information. This will link to our Literacy work on explanation texts. Over the half term, children will learn how to insert text boxes, text, images and arrows. They will investigate how to resize and format text and pictures. They will use their newfound skills to plan and create their own explanation text about dinosaur fossils.
This half-term, children will work on Outdoor Adventurous Skills. Children will take part in simple orientation activities, solving problems both on their own and in small groups. They will also work on athletics skills. All children will explore different travelling actions and will learn to do this with greater control and co-ordination. They will develop their underarm throws as well as exploring alternative ways of rolling and throwing a ball. We will also jump in different ways, using different take-offs and landings. Lots of practice for sports day!
The children will develop skills in sculpture work. The final product will be a model of a dinosaur made from recyclable materials and papier mache. They will begin by exploring and experimenting with a range of materials and objects, investigating their different qualities. The children will experiment with different ways of joining materials and begin to develop a descriptive vocabulary for 3D artworks.
This half term we will be completing a unit of work based on a reggae song called ‘Zootime’. The children will learn about the style indicators of reggae music and identify them in the song. They will also learn to sing and play the song on glockenspiels, improvise a new melody and compose a new instrumental section to the song. Pulse, rhythm and pitch will be taught throughout the unit.
This half term the children will explore the theme of ‘Being Different’ in PSHE. They will talk about and celebrate difference through a range of circle time activities. We will even create our own song to celebrate and understand differences!