Welcome back to Term 4, which marks the start of some exciting projects linked to our forthcoming trip to the Natural History Museum.
This page will be updated throughout the year with information about our topics and the learning that we will be focusing on. Please check out our school Twitter page to see regular photos of our incredible learning.
Our Learning Environment
We will investigate biographical texts about the life and work of fossil hunter, Mary Anning, before creating a biography and newspaper article related to her important discoveries. In this, the children will be encouraged to use new sentence structures and vocabulary. To support this, each week, the class will have separate grammar and spelling sessions, in which they will explore new aspects of grammar and KS2 spelling patterns. Each week, the children will also be given spellings to learn and given links to Spelling Shed, so that they can practise these words in preparation for a weekly spelling test.
As well-developed reading skills are vital to enable children to access all areas of the primary curriculum, this term, the children will undertake daily reading activities, as well as discrete Guided Reading sessions, in which they will further develop their comprehension skills by exploring a wide range of texts using ‘VIPERS’ questions. Your child will bring home a reading folder, which will contain a reading record and a fiction/non-fiction book. We ask that they read for 20 mins each day and we would be grateful if the record could be signed to show that this has taken place. In this way, we hope to enthuse the children and make them realise that books can open up a world of endless possibilities.
In Maths, this term, we will begin our second Power Maths workbook. We are going to continue to explore fractions, for which our times table knowledge is crucial, so please continue to practise them at home. We will then investigate length, mass and capacity.
As the children have entered Key Stage Two, it is even more important now that they develop a secure understanding of their times tables. The children should now have a secure understanding of their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and, this year, they should focus on learning their 3 and 4 times tables. Every child has access to Times Table Rockstars, which is a fantastic resource that we urge your child to make the most of. The children have their own logins inside their reading diaries.
You can access TT Rockstars via this link: https://ttrockstars.com/
This year we will continue to use the ‘Cornerstones curriculum’ to support our wider learning.
Our main topic across the next two terms is called ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles. It is a geography-based unit, where we will be learning about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. We will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties. We will also investigate soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. The children will have the opportunity to use maps to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude and a compass to learn about the cardinal and intercardinal points. We will also learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.
Having explored the effects of gravity and friction, this term, Otter Class will learn about magnetism. They will find out about magnetic attraction, repulsion and magnetic fields. They will test the magnetic properties of different objects. They will learn about the magnetism of the Earth and how this enables compasses to work. Following this, the children will use this knowledge to make compasses and use different methods to investigate the strength of magnets.
Linked to ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’ and the work of Mary Anning, this project teaches children about artistic techniques used in sketching, printmaking and sculpture.
Making links with Science, this project teaches children about cam mechanisms. They will experiment with different shaped cams, before designing, making and evaluating a child's automaton toy.
We will continue to follow the ‘Teach Computing’ Curriculum and we will be looking at data and information. We will be learning what a branching database is and how to create one
Our topic is going to be ‘Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?’. We will be learning and exploring different reasons why Jesus is considered an inspiring figure by Christian.
We are going to be focusing on ‘Living in the Wider World’, where we will look at what makes a community, showing and receiving respect from others and using and keeping money.
We are going to be focusing on Athletics this term. Our P.E. day is Tuesday, so please make sure they come into school wearing their full P.E. kit on this day.
In our topic on ‘Transport’, the children will learn to recognise and recall seven modes of transport in French. This will go alongside our ongoing practice of vocabulary linked to colours, numbers and to simple conversational phrases.
Homework will be set on a Tuesday and is to be completed by the following Tuesday. This will be set on Google Classroom.
Each Tuesday, the children will be set weekly spellings on Spelling Shed, before being tested on the following Tuesday.
As part of their home learning, we encourage children to read every day to support their reading fluency and vocabulary.
We are always available on the playground after school if you need to talk! Alternatively, if it is not urgent, you can email the families' email. This email is checked regularly and will be forwarded on to the class team. You can find the email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to the exciting term ahead of us!
Otter Class Team