Curriculum – Who Let the Gods Out?
As part of our English curriculum, we will continue to have daily reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar sessions. These skills will then be applied and developed throughout all areas of the curriculum. We will continue to refine skills in both formal and informal styles using a range of text types. Our spelling focus will include the use of spellings from the statutory spelling lists. These lists can be found in the back of your child’s learning diary: to gain expected level in writing your child will need to show evidence of the correct spelling of all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 words. Another focus for this term is the use of dialogue to move a story on. It would be incredibly useful if you could regularly talk about the purpose of dialogue (action, description, characterisation) whilst you are doing daily reading with your child. It is also really important to encourage your child to read aloud to you, this is when fluency (speed, accuracy and expression) and intonation (how the voice rises and falls) can be explored. The last area of development is punctuation and its correct use to enhance meaning within writing. With regard to reading, it is important that your child is reading at a speed of more than 110 words per minute to reach expected levels at reading. Daily reading is vital to the development of this speed as we work on our reading comprehension skills (including inference, retrieval and word meaning). Aim for 20 minutes per night.
This term, a key fluency focus is ensuring children are confident with the written methods for the four operations. We also suggest using the recommended websites sent home at parents’ evening to revise these methods regularly and ensure 100% accuracy.
* Short division and long division (chunking): 3 digit divided by 1 and 2 digit, 4 digit divided by 2 digit questions.
* Formal multiplication (expanded or short column method): 3 digit multiplied by 2 digit, 4 digit multiplied by 2 digit.
* Multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100, 1000 (including decimals).
This term, we will continue to learn how to multiply and divide fractions, calculate and problem solve with fractions of amounts, representing decimals as fractions, multiplying and dividing decimals, finding percentages of amounts, calculating missing percentages and equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
As part of our continuing work on Algebra, we will be finding and using rules as well as solving equations. We will also continue to learn about metric and imperial measures, which will include converting and problem solving. Finally, we will also include work on area, perimeter, volume, ratio and proportion.
In ICT, we will be learning about the internet including: its history, how digital systems represent data, the use of binary and how decimals are converted into binary. Alongside this we will be investigating the features of programming software; using the ‘when’ and ‘do’ instructions and creating and deconstructing code.
This term we will research and discuss personal rights; the changes that take place during puberty; the human life cycle including how a baby is made; personal safety within the local environment and online and strategies for managing one’s own health and wellbeing.
Please ensure your child comes to school in a full PE kit on their PE days. The children will be outside as much as possible this term so please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather. As we move towards warmer weather, please provide a filled water bottle; a hat and sun cream. It is also helpful if all items of clothing are named so they do not end up in Lost Property. P.E. takes place every Monday and Friday with the occasional session on a Wednesday (parents will be notified of these sessions via learning diaries/Dojo).
Art and Design (or Design Technology)
We will focus on painting and printing skills this will also include shading, sketching, block and overprinting. Alongside this, we will look at similarities between art styles of different eras with a focus on the Parthenon. We will use sketching, 3d sculpture and painting within our own designs.
As part of our Ancient Greeks Myths and Fables study, we will place events in chronological order; explain the different kinds of historical sources, devise questions, research and present findings regarding the Atlantis story. Our other area of focus will be: education and democracy. We will research the education of affluent boys growing up in Greece; find out about life in Athens and compare it to life in Sparta; and research democracy to that of modern times.
In Living Things and their Habitats, we will classify animals based on their similarities and differences; describe how living things are grouped based on their characteristics; learn about helpful and harmful microorganisms and discover where they are found in the local environment.
Through our topic on Animals including Humans, we will research and describe the main parts of the circulatory system, explain how water and nutrients are transported within the body; describe how diet and exercise impact our bodies and explain the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body.