We will be developing and consolidating a range of skills including: starting sentences in different ways including using subordinating conjunctions; creating tension in our writing; creating cohesion across and within paragraphs; using colons, semi-colons and dashes to separate main clauses and using parenthesis including to punctuate relative clauses. The children’s writing will also provide an opportunity for them to recap the eight parts of speech (or word classes).
The children will use and apply these skills in a range of genres including: descriptive writing, story openings, writing narratives and diarye ntries. In non-fiction, the children will be preparing and writing non-chronological reports, newspaper reports and writing biographies about Mary Anning.
Our writing this half term will be inspired by our topic about CharlesDarwin and the book we will be reading to support our topic work which is Skyhawk by Gill Lewis.
In mathematics our initial focus is on place value and ensuring children have a deep and secure knowledge of this topic; this provides a foundation of many other areas of the maths curriculum.In particular, we will consider the value of digits, reading and writing numbers in numerals and words; comparing and ordering and rounding whole numbers up to 10, 000, 000.
Our next major topic area will be multiplication moving onto to the written methods of multiplication focusing on up to 4d numbers multiplied by 2d numbers (long multiplication). We will then move onto division which will again focus on our understanding of the operation and moving onto the written methods of division including the written method of long division when dividing by two digit numbers.
The children will also be looking at arrange of aspects of geometry including investigating angles on their own, in word problems and in shapes. We will begin with looking at vertically opposite angles before solving word problems involving angles. Next, we will then be looking at angles in triangles and quadrilaterals.
Underpinning all out maths topics will the opportunity for children to apply their skills to worded problems, reasoning style questions and problem solving.
Rapid and accurate recall of all the times tables including the related division facts is vital to help children’s understanding and success in this area of maths. Any support you can give your children with learning their times tables would be brilliant.
The children will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Christianity by revisiting the story of Creation from Genesis 1. Within this we the children will formulate their own opinions around whether or not the Genesis story is true. The children will explore whether religious accounts of the universe’s origins are complementary or in conflict with scientific accounts (whether cosmological accounts of the origins of the universe, such as the ‘big bang’, or the biological account of the origins and development of life, evolution). The children will investigate a range of Christian and Scientific views to support them to make their own judgement.
Creative Curriculum (Topic/Science): Shipahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew onHMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to seethe amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard, or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists! Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought! Ready to trace the origin of species?Let’s set sail.
Mrs G Marsland
Mrs N Slorach
Mr M O’Leary
Mrs Marsland will focus on the core subjects, teaching in the morning and Mrs Slorach in the afternoons with MrO’Leary teaching all day Friday.
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