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, artefacts 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 behaviour and use drama strategies to explore their feelings. We will look at the techniques writers use to create dramatic effect before using these methods ourselves to create our own narrative poem to perform with passion!
We continue to prepare for our 'SATs' in May and as always, our emphasis will be grammar, spellings, punctuation and reading through daily practice, weekly guided reading sessions and booster lessons.
Numeracy will address the 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 – to match our crime and punishment topic - with its own moving cam mechanism.
Science will begin 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 palaeontologists. Many opportunities for practical skills, hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of the impact human behaviour has on the plant and animal kingdoms of the world.
Music this year continues to offer the exciting challenge of learning to play the ukulele! We will also develop our understanding of musical notation to help us compose, play and sing along to our own scores.
Religious and World Views this term will explore various aspects of making a commitment and the religious commitment that often goes hand in hand with the admission of belief. It looks at the way commitments affect and shape lives, guiding the activities of both groups and like-minded individuals and allowing them the opportunity to reflect on the motivation and cost of commitment whilst comparing significant people of different faiths.
P.S.H.E over the course of the term tackles the issue of ‘Change’ and aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The theme seeks to develop children’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change. It aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings. We will also continue to reflect upon our ‘British Values’ and the 5 strands of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
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 and ‘Healthy School’s Week’
French this term will focus on ‘Let’s Go Shopping’ and will teach children key vocabulary and phrases connected to going shopping in French. By the end of this unit, we will have a better understanding of basic grammar rules, how to use the verb ‘faire’ (to do) and what a French shopping experience is like. We will develop our confidence when discussing the colour of clothes, clothing items and how much something costs in role play sessions.
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 5 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 truly out of this world and we produced some fantastic work across all areas of the curriculum.