We will be continuing with the new Power Maths scheme, looking at volume, position and direction, measurement, angles and statistics. As part of the maths curriculum, we will be focusing on applying understanding of mathematical concepts in reasoning and problem solving questions, as well as understanding how to use mathematical vocabulary. We will be having weekly arithmetic tests to embed knowledge and reasoning SATS questions as well as continuing to have our times table challenge league throughout the year.
In Literacy we will be using the narrative poem, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, to explore figurative language, poetry styles and to write a discussion text, exploring whether the highwayman character was a hero or a villain. We will also be re-writing the first or final stanza of the poem. We will also be using Holes by Louis Sachar to write an informal letter.
We will be using both texts in the guided reading sessions, as well as a range of different texts to explore comprehension skills, including drilling down to exploring what questions are asking in a comprehension exercise. We will continue to focus on handwriting, spelling and grammar throughout the term.
We will exploring three different regions of the world, looking at the human and physical geography of each of them. We will explore the natural features of the countries and how human beings live and work in them. We will also discuss what these countries produce and how they contribute to the global economy.
In art and DT, we will be examining the artist and mathematician, MC Escher and how his art uses his interest in geometry and architecture as an influence on his art. We will use this influence to design a tessellated 3D picture of a lizard, based on an Escher design and linked to the book, Holes.
In computing we will be using the programme, Book Creator, to design a comic book version of the Highwayman, using pictures and dialogue.
Our PE focus will be fitness and football, developing team work skills and an awareness of different types of exercise, such as cardiovascular and toning.
Our science focus will be linked to National Science Week, looking at our Diverse Planet. We will be exploring diversity in human beings, wildlife and our responsibility to our environment. We will have a focused week to explore different activities and investigations.
In RE, we will be looking at the impact of Christianity in Cornwall, including Methodism and the importance of Truro Cathedral. We are hoping to have a trip to Truro Cathedral and enjoy the workshop exploring the history and significance of the cathedral as well as exploring the rituals, symbols and practices of the Church of England
Books and nurturing a love of reading are my passions!
This year I have created a BookFlix screen for the children to browse different age related books to develop a love of reading. The BookFlix screen can be accessed by clicking on the link and opening the slideshow in the Power Point document.
If they see a book that interests them, the blurbs for the books will be available in class, but I would also encourage them to research the book on Amazon to see if it might interest them.
In class we have a BookFlix display that showcases what we are reading as a class; what books the children would recommend to their classmates and what books the children are currently reading in that term.