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Term 1 – I am Warrior!

We are brave, powerful warriors, and we will meet in battle! We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials, we’ll investigate the Roman Empire and read Roman numerals. After designing and making shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. The Celtic warrior queen, Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories, models and artwork. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans).

Term 2 – Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Open wide – let’s look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. This half term, we’ll visit a dentist and ask lots of questions. We’ll find out about different dental procedures and learn new scientific vocabulary. At school, we’ll use this information to write toothy fact files. There will be lots of investigating as we learn about our different teeth, how to brush them and how sugary drinks affect them. We’ll examine the amount of sugar in different foods and create images of ourselves with healthy and unhealthy teeth. We’ll write a story describing the journey a piece of food takes through the digestive system. In science, we’ll learn about the organs involved in digestion and make our own wearable digestive systems in D&T. We’ll learn about digestion in different animals and handle a range of digestive organs.

 

Term 3 – Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going on a deep sea adventure. This half term, we’ll visit an aquarium to gain an insight into the ocean world. We’ll sketch different creatures and create clay sculptures of our favourite. Writing poems inspired by our favourite sea creatures will help us to develop a rich vocabulary. Using maps, globes and atlases, we’ll identify the world’s oceans and seas. We’ll also find different ways of grouping living things. Diving back into the 1800s, we’ll learn all about the HMS Challenger. We’ll research Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. As a challenge, we’ll create model submarines using recycled materials and program an onscreen submarine. We’ll study Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture and write reviews. After locating the Great Barrier Reef on a map, we’ll learn about the risks it faces.

Term 4 - Road Trip USA

Buckle up and put your sunglasses on – this half term we’re going on a road trip across the USA! We’ll start by ‘visiting’ the states where Native American tribes settled. We’ll use travel brochures and the internet to research New York and write postcards to family members. Using maps, we’ll locate the USA and find the names of the states. We’ll look at the amazing lights of Times Square, make circuits and create a program for a tourist trip around New York. Looking at aerial views of natural landmarks, we’ll think about how they might have been formed. We’ll create travel brochures and make illuminated models of different landmarks. Then we’ll cook delicious dishes – would anyone like a corn dog?

Term 5 – Potions

Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo. Welcome to the amazing world of potions! By reading an extract from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions, and write a safety label for Alice’s bottle. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter. We’ll research the use of anaesthetic and learn what life was like without it! We’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects – what ingredients will we use?

Term 6 – Traders and Raiders

Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores! During this half term, we’ll start by making sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate Viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.

Our curriculum overview can be found here



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Plastic Pollution

This week, we've been learning about the dangers of plastic pollution.  We're becomming quite passionate about it and we've created some fake "Tweets" to express how we feel.  Here are a couple fo examples.

 

@Coca-Cola   You say you will have a recycling system by 2030.  Why do we have to wait ten years?  You're one of the biggest plastic polluters on the planet.  ACT NOW!
 
@ Coca-Cola Ms Perez says we want plastic.  We do not.  Offer us something different and we will decide, not you.
 
@McDonalds  Great that you've changed your plastic straws.  You're still giving over a million plastic lids with your drinks.  One use plastic has no future.  Neither do we if you don't stop.

 

 

 

Making printing blocks

As part of our project to highlight the problem of plastic ppollution, we are designing printing blocks.  We have already studied a sea creature and learned how to sketch them in detail.  Today, we learnt how to simplify the design and then create a printing block.

Using the light-box technique we created multiple copies of the design.  Then we used the carbon copy technique to transfer to a piece of card accurately.  Working carefully, we then glued string onto our design and coated it to make it waterproof. 

It was a a busy and messy Friday afternoon!

Terrific Trombones

This week, we learnt how to play some new notes on our T-bones.  These plastic trombones are a bit lighter than the metal ones and we've had a lot of fun making our first sounds.  Check back later in the term for more updates!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

 

Welcome back.  We have an exciting term planned learnign about oceans and the effect human polution has upon them.  We would like the children to think about the amount of one-use plastic that we use each week and where that plastic goes.  After the Christmas break is a perfect time to discuss it as we seemt o have a lot of rubbish to get rid of- maybe that's just my house!

We will have indoor and outdoor PE sessions this term.  Outdoor PE is on a Monday afternoon and will be run by Elite.  Please check you have suitable warm outdoor PE kits in school.  Indoor PE is on a Tuesday morning. 

Can I remind everyone about earings?  If you have any earings they must be removed before PE.  Ideally, they shouldn't be worn on a PE day.  We cannot tape over them and leave them in.

 

 

Super swimmers

This week, we split into three groups at the pool.  Some of us did our backstroke, others breaststroke an another group were practising our kicking.

Mr Myland was very impressed with how much progress we had made in a week.

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