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Summer 2018

Our history topic for the term is Early Civilizations. The children will spend the first half term learning about, and comparing, Ancient Sumer, The Shang Dynasty, The Indus Valley and Ancient Egypt. Then, in Summer 2, they will complete an in-depth study on Ancient Egypt. This is a fantastic unit which we know the children, and teachers, will enjoy very much!

In Geography this half term, we will explore the geography of the Early Civilizations studied in History.

During Science, the children will begin learning about plants. They will learn about what different plants need in order to live and grow. The children will also learn about the role of flowers in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. To support our science work, the children will spend time in our school garden as well as visiting local parks and allotments in the local area.

In English, the children will read ‘Written in March’ by William Wordsworth. They will use this as their inspiration to write ‘Written in April’. The children will use the outdoor learning environment at school to enhance the use of imagery and description within their poems. Following on from this, the children will write non-chronological reports on the early civilizations they will have learnt about in History. After half term, the children will move on to Aesop’s fables, where they will read a selection of fables and then write their own. Later in the half term, they will look at persuasion, using their topic work to inspire persuasive letters.

In Maths, this half term the children will recap counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and then practise finding 10 or 100 more or less than any given number. The children will revisit place value; comparing, ordering, rounding, reading, writing, estimating and representing numbers up to 1000, solving number and practical problems using these skills. The children will also look at using multiplication and division facts to solve problems. They will link this to their knowledge of fractions, using unit and non-unit fractions with small denominators. Our maths challenge for this half term will be on time.


In Summer 2, the children will revisit the addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers, using the inverse operation to prove that their answers are correct. They will measure, compare, add and subtract the following: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml). The children will then deepen their knowledge of reading and writing the time using 12 and 24 hour clocks, as well as solving time problems. During shape work, the children will look at right angles and learn to identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines in relation to other lines.

During Summer 1, our RE topic is Christianity, with a focus on local places of worship. In Summer 2, the children will explore Sikhism, looking at The Guru Granth Sahib and why it is important to Sikhs.

In computing, the children will program animations using Scratch software. They will then move on to finding and correcting bugs in programs.

In indoor PE, our focus will initially be on creating dances for our fabulous Production. In Summer 2, the children will develop their Physical Skills, with a physical focus on Agility (Reaction/Response) and Static Balance: (Floorwork). Our Outdoor PE will be Athletics and then Cricket.

In Music, our focus will be singing in parts. The children will learn about the musical instruments and musical traditions of the Victorian era including learning to sing parlour songs and the chants of market sellers.

After half term, the children will study the piece of music ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ by John Adams.

In Art this half term, our topic will be weaving. The children will learn about the artist Henry Rousseau and explore his art work. They will then move on to creating their own woven piece of art, inspired by Rousseau.

Useful links: - Maths Rock stars - Information about plants. - Spelling and grammar games - Ancient Egypt.

Spring 2018

Our history topic is the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We will learn about the Roman army and their organisation and strategy compared with that of the British tribes. We will also learn about Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans. The children have already visited Vestry House Museum to carry out a workshop on the Romans and will also visit the Museum of London for further workshops in Spring 2.

In Geography this half term, we will explore the geography of the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain today. We will also learn about Hadrian’s Wall and its significance in Roman Britain. During Spring 2, we will explore trade routes, learning about how goods are transported and natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water and their importance nationally and globally.


Our science topic for this half term is Forces and Magnets. We will explore forces including friction, air resistance, water resistance, pushes and pulls. We will also learn about Magnets. Our next topic will be light and shadows, where we will learn about how light is reflected and how shadows are created.


In English, the children have been exploring the poem ‘Talking Turkeys’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. Following this we will read and explore ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The children will write newspaper articles and diary entries during this topic. During Spring 2, we will begin the half term by learning about ‘Written in March’ by William Wordsworth. Our next text will be ‘The World’s Worst Children’ by David Walliams. The children will create their own World’s Worst Child and write a story about them.


In Maths, this half term we will begin by looking at money, using partitioning to add and subtract totals containing 3 digits. We will solve problems involving missing numbers using our knowledge of place value and number facts. Later, we will revisit 2d shapes and their properties including angles and whether these shapes have parallel or perpendicular lines. Finally, we will look at reading the time. Our maths challenge for this half term will be on multiplication and division facts for the 4 times table. During Spring 2, we will revisit Multiplication and division, multiplying numbers by multiples of ten and dividing with remainders. Leading on from this, we will look at measuring using grams and kilograms. After this, we will revisit fractions of numbers, looking at counting in tenths and comparing and ordering unit fractions with the same denominators. Finally, we will look at statistics including bar charts, pictograms and tables. Our maths challenge for Spring 2 will be the 8 times table.


During Spring 1, our RE topic is Hinduism, where we will learn about life as a Hindu and the Hindu community. In Spring 2 we will learn about Judaism including the Synagogue, Torah and family life for Jewish people.


In computing, our first topic is ‘We are vloggers’ where the children will prepare and present a short report on the Romans. Our next topic will be ‘We are communicators’ where we will learn about the importance of e-safety and how to communicate safely online.


In indoor PE, our focus will be on creating flight sequences, followed by using apparatus to create more complex sequences of movements. Our Outdoor PE will be Football and then Netball.

In Music, the children will be learning about Roman musical instruments and will learn to sing the songs ‘Just like a Roman’ and ‘Roman rap’ which will lead us on to writing our own class raps. After the half term, the children will create accompaniments and sound pictures to reflect sounds in their local environment.

In Art this half term, we will look at Roman mosaics and create our own mosaic masterpieces. In Spring, during DT, the children will learn about food technology linking with our topic on ‘Trade routes’.

Autumn 2017

Our topic this term is The Stone Age. During our History lessons the children will be studying life in the Stone Age and looking at the technological changes that brought about the Bronze and Iron Ages. We have a WOW day planned for Monday 16th October. On this day we will be dressing up as Stone Age hunters and completing a range of exciting activities! Hopefully we’ll prove to be good hunters!

In Geography, we will be studying mountains and volcanoes, looking both at where these are found around the globe as well as their formation and, in the case of volcanoes, the reasons that they erupt.

Our Science topic fits in well with our Geography as we shall be learning about Rocks and Fossils in the first half of the term. After the half term break we will then study animals including humans.

In English, we have completed a mini-project on Michael Rosen’s poem ‘Chocolate Cake’ and have now begun to explore ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, by Roald Dahl. Within this unit we will look at character description and descriptive phrases including the use of adjectives and imagery as well as prepositions. Our non- fiction writing this half term will be newspaper reports, recounting the extraordinary adventures of George and his Grandma! In the second half of the term we will be looking at five part stories and non-chronological reports.

In Maths this half term our focus is on place value and calculation. We will spend a lot of time seeking to build the conceptual understanding that underpins the formal methods of addition and subtraction. We will also be looking at multiplication and division facts before the half term. In the run up to Christmas we will focus on fractions before returning to multiplication and division, looking more closely at halving and doubling. We will continue to hold half termly maths challenge days that will test your child’s recall skills. This half term our challenge will be on multiplication and division facts for the 3 times table with the focus being the 6 times table in Autumn 2.

Our RE topic is Islam, looking specifically at the Five Pillars of Islam whilst after half term we will study the importance of the Advent in the Christian calendar.

In ICT, we will study programming using software such as Scratch.

In PE, our focus is balance and coordination in gym whilst in Games we are developing the children’s Tennis skills.

Below are some links to websites and online games that will be of great benefit to your child this term:


Maths/ ICT:

  • Scratch programming (tablet App)

  • Espresso coding (discovery education website)


The BBC site also has great resources relevant to our RE and Science topics this term.

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