As part of our 'Individual Liberty' topic, Class 3 visited London for the day. With the help of The Children's University, we traveled down to London on the train, went on a sunny Thames boat cruise, saw the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street. We saw how our system of democracy works and what we can do when we want things to change.
Welcome to Class Three
Our topic this term is.....
A warm welcome back to Class 3 after the summer break as we start another busy and exciting term. Our first topic of this academic year will be history based as we learn about the Anglo-Saxons and discover what England was like 1,600 years ago when the Anglo- Saxons came.
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 half term will begin with poetry as the Year 5 children take inspiration from the artist Walt Curlee and use similes and metaphors to create descriptive poems for our Harvest Festival. Our Year 6 children will be working on their RobinWood recounts as they describe in detail some of the amazing activities they experienced on their residential. Our attention will then focus on Anglo-Saxons sagas of old that mix references to real events with characters and events from Anglo-Saxon legends. Beowulf is an epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England and tells the story of a struggle between the hero Beowulf and a bloodthirsty monster called Grendel. We will explore Michael Morpurgo's version with opportunities for extensive writing, SPAG and speaking and listening. As always, our continued 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 Y6 children will be having regular math booster sessions.
History/Geography this term will begin with the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons as the children research the locations of their settlements, their religions and monarchs and look at how they lived, farmed and socialised before the Viking invasion of 793. Many opportunities for research and hands-on learning with our trip to the Anglo-Saxon village at Ryedale Museum.
Art/Design and Technology will take inspiration from the fascinating Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest, as we look at how artists have told their stories visually through the ages. With stimulus from the masters we will design our own wordless story through the media of textiles.
Science will focus on 'Living Things and their Habitats' as we study the life cycle of mammals, amphibians, birds and insects including some examples of egg laying mammals and marsupials. We will look at both complete and incomplete metamorphosis and find out about some of the well known naturalists and animal behaviorists. This unit will also focus on propagation and flowering plants and the history of classification of living things from microorganisms upwards. Our second unit is named '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.
Music this year offers an exciting change as we move away from guitars for the time being and learn 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.
R.E. will focus on the special journey and religious importance of a 'Pilgrimage' within faiths and identify the similarities between Christianity and Islam. The holy site of Anglo-Saxon England, Lindisfarne, and the Hajj pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca will be our main focus.
P.S.H.C.E. 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. 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 'Tolerance of others'
P.E this term will see the children developing and strengthening their skills, coordination and techniques whilst playing the invasion game of tag rugby and basketball at the leisure centre. By focusing on strength and control - the children will learn to use the equipment safely, work cooperatively and move with pace and confidence. The Y5 children will also be taking part in their weekly swimming lessons as they develop their confidence and stroke techniques.
French this term will focus upon 'The Weather'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 consist of 'Coding' as the children learn key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables and learn how to code in order to create apps and games that the children can play.
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 Europe topic last term, and in particular our London trip, was fantastic and was described by the children as being 'unforgettable', 'exciting', and 'amazing!' We have produced some stunning 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 our Europe topic......