Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Jonathan O’Dwyer and Vicki Henson
Learning Challenge: Are the ancient Greeks a myth?
As part of their topic work this half term the children will be learning about the life of the ancient Greeks. This fantastic topic will launch with a hands on deep dive into ancient Greek society with a Greek visitor. This is a fabulous opportunity for the children to get up close with a range of artefacts and find out all about Greek life. They will be learning all about scaled timelines and creating these with a range of sources. They will also be learning about how the Greeks worshipped and will be having the opportunity to debate with one another using their own opinions based on a range of historical sources. Using their historical enquiry skills, the children will investigate the origins of the Olympics and try to understand how archaeologists learnt about the sporting competitions that were held during the event.
In reading this half term, the children are reading a new class novel ‘Krindlekrax’ by Philip Ridley. Their comprehension sessions and their independent reading sessions will, on the whole, be based on this text. The main focus for the lessons will be giving evidence and explaining their answers, building on their previous retrieval learning. The children will also have a wide range of writing opportunities including fiction and play writing based on traditional Greek myths and legends. As part of this work the children will be focussing on sentence structure and using paragraphs as well as being creative with their language choices. In grammar lessons this half term, we will be revisiting the apostrophe – a concept that we have found challenging this year as well as writing using prepositional phrases. We will also be looking at commas for clauses and commas in lists.
At the start of the half term the children will be learning about statistics, looking at presenting and interpreting data. We will also cover geometry objectives this half term such as comparing and classifying angles and symmetry. Once children have developed these skills they will be completing further lessons on time and looking at developing a clearer understanding of converting between analogue and digital time. The children will also have the opportunity to revisit some of the units from earlier in the half term as they solve problems and refresh their rules of number looking at mixed operation word problems. We continue to encourage the use of Timestable Rockstars through home learning and will continue the focus on this through our maths sessions.
This half term the children will be exploring the different religious views that make up their community and comparing this to wider British society. They will be looking at common features of holy places such as holy books and ceremonies and will be thinking about the difference that acts of worship make to some people’s lives. This unit really helps to understand where religious viewpoints fit in an ever changing society and help the children to develop respect and understanding for when those viewpoints are different to their own.
Science will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
Geography will be taught through the learning challenge this half term.
This half term, the children will continue with their swimming lessons on Monday (4H) and Friday (4D). Children will also move onto the next unit of Real PE. As part of this unit the children will work on their throwing and catching skills and will play a range of games to develop these. The children will have an opportunity to invent their own games while also developing social, personal and cognitive skills. The children will be outside for these lessons and we are hoping for warm weather. Feel free to send named sun protection and water bottles with your children.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning the names of some animals. They will go on to write sentences about them, including their knowledge of verbs, numbers and connectives. They will learn the vocabulary for family members and will write sentences about their own family. The children will practice asking and answering questions on a range of topics, such as name, age, colours and family members.
This half term the children will be learning about mental health. This unit allows them the opportunity to develop skills to manage their mental health and to talk about this with confidence. They will be learning about self-confidence and self-image and will learn about the impact of the media in creating stereotypes.
In music this half-term, the children will be singing a range of songs to help develop an awareness of pitch. They will be using their voices and body actions to explore this musical concept. They will also listen to and appraise music by Abba.
The children will be using a program called Textease Turtle to control different objects on screen by writing commands and instructions. This is part of a larger focus on coding which has been signposted as a vital skill for this generation of children as well as being incredible fun!
This half term the children will be linked to the learning challenge topic and will include opportunities to draw temples, create shields and carry out observational drawings of a range of artefacts. As part of the learning challenge, children will have the opportunity to design and make Greek pots from clay!