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.
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Learning Challenge: What made the Islamic Golden Age shine?
This topic centres round early civilizations in history by looking at the Islamic Golden Age (Baghdad AD900) and finding out why this was such an important and influential time as well as its impact on the world today. We explore this period of history by initially looking at how and why the city of Baghdad (also known as the round city) was created. We learn why the round city was created in this way and with its mosque at the centre and its 4 straight roads leading out towards the city’s edge. We look at who was in charge in Baghdad at the time and who the Abbasids were. We then focus on some of the advancements that were made at this time, particularly in relation to literature and translation of important text into other languages; mathematical discoveries such as algebra and the development of healthcare for all people including ideas of quarantine and diseases being spread through the air. Ultimately we learn how the demise of the Golden Age occurred and the unfortunate ending the city of Baghdad came to in 1258. Alongside this history topic we will look at different styles of Islamic art and will recreate pieces in the style of the intricate patterns which were created in the past. We will also look at the religion of Islam so this will also run alongside our learning challenge topic as we learn about the different features of the religion where it originated from.
Our writing this half-term will have a continuing focus around last half-term’s topic of World War Two. The children are currently half-way through an immersive, interactive story which will be unveiled to parents before Christmas. This will include a variety of different genre including narrative story writing, letters, diaries and newspaper articles. We will then finish the half term by doing some spectacularly, spooky descriptive writing that links in with the classic tale of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and looks in depth at the tormented character of Jacob Marley’s ghost. In reading we will be continuing to focus on inference, reading between the lines which is something that can also be worked on through home reading too. Reading work in class will centre around the Diary of Anne Frank and we will be doing a selection of comprehensions which look at a variety of different text types through fiction and non-fiction. Grammar and spelling will take place on a weekly basis for the most part, as well as regular handwriting practice.
In maths this half term we will be continuing to cover elements of number including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These will be covered in revision sessions as well as morning work. During lessons we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. This includes working with equivalent fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; associating fractions with decimal fraction equivalents and comparing and ordering fractions. Alongside this we will continue to work on reasoning and number sense through the use of problems and real life examples.
Our Science topic for this half term is Evolution and the learning challenge question in relation to this is, ‘Whose planet is it anyway?’ This will include learning about the process of evolution; what information we can find out from fossils; who Charles Darwin was and what his work involved; the adaptation of animals to their environments which happens over a number of years; why we look similar but not identical to our parents and whether humans could have descended from apes. We are also visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park in order to see a range of different animals and look at how they have adapted to live in their natural habitats.
Our RE topic for this half-term relates to belief with more of a focus on Islam. We will again study comparative belief systems, how beliefs change and the sharing of beliefs with multiple faiths included in our learning.
The Fundamental Movement Skill that we will be focusing on this half term is balance. We will be working on static balance both seated and floor work. The skills children will be learning are:
To respond imaginatively to different situations, adapting and adjusting skills, movements or tactics so they are different from or in contrast to others.
To change tactics, rules or tasks to make activities more fun or challenging.
In PSHE this half term the children will be learning about sex and relationships education. This will include learning about puberty and the changes which occur in both girls and boys during this time; the menstrual cycle; what healthy relationships are; how babies are made and how babies are born.
In Music this half-term, the children will be continuing with their work on notation and will also be learning about pitch in relation to notation. They will work with selected notes to improvise, memorise and read music. They will also be learning about bar lines and time signatures.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning how to express likes and dislikes based on the vocabulary they learnt last half-term. They will learn the names of some occupations and will be writing sentences using this vocabulary, including some new grammatical concepts. They will learn about Christmas in France and will complete a range of activities based on this work.
This half term, computing will be focusing on creating music through technology. Children will learn about layering music and how songs are composed. They will then use the app ‘garageband’ to create a song based on a word. For example, children might be tasked with creating a piece of music which conveys the theme of fear or love. They will then spend time evaluating each other’s music.