Welcome to Class Three!!
Our topic this term is.....
Crime and Punishment through the Ages
Welcome back Class 3 after what I hope was a relaxing and chocolate-filled Easter break. A fascinating, gruesome and challenging topic awaits us as this term as we explore Crime and Punishment in Britain through the ages! As always, if you have any resources, artifacts or knowledge that you feel you could share with us regarding our topic this term - then please let us know!
Literacy this term will begin with the narrative poem 'The Highway Man' by Alfred Noyes as we look closely at the characters, plot and historical setting of the poem, focusing on unfamiliar language and word meanings. We will aim to put ourselves into the shoes of our characters to reason and explain their behavior and use drama strategies to explore their feelings. We will look at the techniques writers use to create dramatic effect before using these techniques ourselves to create our own narrative poem to perform with passion!
As always, our continued emphasis will be grammar, spellings, punctuation and reading through daily practice and weekly guided reading sessions.
Numeracy will address the new specified curriculum for Year 5 and 6 children incorporating the units of number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurements, geometry, statistics, algebra, ratio and proportion. The Year 6 children will be attending weekly top us sessions in preparation for their SATs tests in May.
History/Geography this term will travel through British history to discover how Crime and Punishment has changed through the ages right up to the present date. Beginning with the Romans, we will discover how the Roman justice system still influences law and order today, how the Anglo Saxons and Vikings dealt with criminals and the harsh and often barbaric punishments administered in the Tudor and medieval times. The early modern ages and the Victorians heralded the start of the police force and exportation of prisoners and as we reach present day the children will discuss the crimes and punishments of today's society and how they have been informed by history. Lots of opportunities for research, map work and hands on learning through visits and excursions as we learn how crime and punishment today compares to that of the past.
Art will take inspiration from the illustrations of Charles Keeping and his ghostly drawings of the Highwayman. We will develop our skills in using different media and create both a charcoal drawing on white paper and a chalk drawing on black paper in line with our Highwayman narrative poems. We will look at some of the many works of Keeping and in particular how he used rich shades and textures to create his pieces. Keep your eye on our classroom wall to see our dramatic and contrasting art work take shape!
D&T this term will see our classroom turn into a work shop as we investigate cam mechanisms and discover how different shaped cams can alter the movement of the follower and how to create a sturdy structure using a variety of tools and techniques. Our aim will be to design, make and evaluate a devise of torture with its own moving cam mechanism.
Science will begin with the physics unit 'Seeing Light' as we look at how light travels, how shadows are formed and how they behave, as well as taking a closer look at the eye and how it works. Then we will continue with the biology thread 'Evolution and Inheritance' and think about characteristics that are passed on from one generation to the next and how species have adapted to suit their environments. We will go on to discover the process of natural selection and how the understanding of evolution has developed over time thanks to scientists and paleontologists. Many opportunities for practical skills, hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of the impact human behavior has on the plant and animal kingdoms of the world.
Music will see us developing our guitar playing skills as we work to produce a repertoire of pieces. We will also concentrate on singing this term and develop our understanding of musical notation to compose, play and sing along to our own scores.
R.E. will step back this term to the 6th century as we learn about Muhammad (pbuh), his personality,life and legacy and explore why he is such an important figure in Islam both in terms of the Qur'an and his own personal example. A visit from our friend Shahida will help explain what life is like as a Muslim woman living in Britain and help the children understand why it is important to tolerate and respect people with different faiths and beliefs.
British Values over the course of the term will address issues around 'Growing up' and 'Changes in our life' providing discussions as to the choices we all make at different times in our life - in particular as our Year 6's ponder their move up to secondary school. Class circle time discussions provide children with an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them and address what constitutes 'British Values' and in particular 'The Rule of Law'.
P.E this term will see the children developing and strengthening their skills, coordination and techniques whilst playing the invasion games of tag rugby and basketball at the sports hall. By focusing on strength and control - the children will learn to use the equipment safely, work cooperatively and move with pace and confidence. We will also have our 'Sports Day to look forward to!
French this term will focus upon family members as the children develop their understanding of the language by speaking and listening and reading and writing. Through games, activities and role play, the children will also learn about the culture and traditions of France in context of their learning.
ICT over the course of this term will be 'Coding' as the children learn key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables and learn how to code in order to create apps. We will also look at 'Crumble' software in order to program our own 'Crumble-bots' around a landscape map.
We really appreciate your support by encouraging your child to read at least 4 times a week, to practice their spellings and to complete their homework and return it back to school on the hand in date. Many thanks.
Our 'Space' topic last term was described by the children as having 'the best trips ever', 'interesting!' and 'amazing!' and we produced some fantastic work which can be seen in the classroom, the corridors and in our books. Feel free to come and look at our outstanding work!
Here are a few photos from last term and our Space topic......