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Summer 2018

Our topic this term is the Mayans. We will be using this as our starting point for many of our curriculum areas.

We will research facts about the ancient Mayan Civilisation, including: Mayan Gods, the Mayan number system and agriculture. We will also be using maps to locate ancient Mayan cities.

Our science topics will be forces and changes. Children will be given opportunities to carry out a range of investigations and to record and explain findings.

The texts we will be using as starting points for our writing will be: The Highwayman, Scarlet Ibis and Romeo and Juliet.

Alongside problem solving using the four operations we will also focus on geometry and measures.

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Spring 2018

Our topic this term is Rainforests. We will be using this as our starting point for many of our curriculum areas. Using atlases we will identify the locations of rainforests around the world, with a focus on The Amazon.

We will research animals and plants that make the rainforest their home and how it is vital for humans. We will also examine the impact of humans on the rainforest in the form of deforestation. We will be finding out about the life cycles of plants and animals in science, this will be followed by a unit on humans and how to stay healthy.

We will look at the work of the artist Rousseau during an artist study, paying attention to techniques used to create our own depiction of his work, with a selection of materials, including clay.

During our trip to the zoo we will begin our research on animals that live in the rainforest and will continue this using a variety of search engines on the computer. We will present the findings in a variety of ways including: poetry, non-chronological reports and persuasion.

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Autumn 2017

Our topic in this term is The Vikings. We will be looking at the conflict between the Vikings and the Anglo- Saxons with a focus on the key invasions and impact on life in Britain at the time.

In English we will be reading and writing a variety of texts from a range of genres, both fiction and non- fiction. These will include biographies, stories with dilemmas and resolution, poetry and instructions. We will have text based units where much of the work is based around the text read at story-time.


In Maths we will be enhancing understanding of place value, the four operations, mental and written strategies for solving calculations. We will also be further developing the understanding of number through reasoning and problem solving tasks.


Our science focus is: Properties and changes of materials. We will be discussing why certain materials are used in everyday objects. The children will also look at solutions and mixtures and how we can filter materials. The children will be also be using their investigation skills to plan and carry out investigations.


We will be looking at a range of still life pictures from various artists. Using techniques learnt throughout the term we will then produce our own still life painting. We will also use the computers to create images.


Our R.E. focus is Christianity.


We also have the year 5 production to look forward to on 6th December.

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