This term our main whole school topic is Sheffield. We will link curriculum areas to this topic if appropriate to develop knowledge and understanding about the city we live in.
We will begin the term with stories from familiar settings. The children will learn stories, innovate them and then write their own stories. There will be a big emphasis on oral storytelling.
We will focus on Information texts and non-chronological reports twice during the term. The children will develop their literacy skills and use them to research and record information about Victorian life in Sheffield and life in an Indian village.
The poetry unit is performance poetry, including raps. The children will begin by learning some traditional playground chants. Please could you share any poems or chants from your childhood years with your children?
The children will develop their explanation skills during anti bullying week and the social diversity topic of refugees.
Throughout all the learning there will be a particular focus this term on the appropriate use of full stops and capital letters.
Children will be encouraged to use joined handwriting style and there will be a focus on the spelling of high frequency common usage words.
The reading focus for all the units will link to the writing genre.
We will follow the national numeracy strategy scheme of work this term which will cover all four types of calculation at a level appropriate for your child. The children will be taught appropriate recording methods for their level of understanding. We will supplement this work with additional mental recall work. This will include learning tables for x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10. We will also focus on the corresponding division facts for the tables. There will be short topics to cover skills for shape, space and measures and these will provide the children with the opportunity to apply their calculation and investigation skills.
The children will learn about life in Victorian Sheffield. This will include a trip to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (More details to follow nearer the time)
The children will learn about village life in an Indian village and then use this information to compare it with life in Sheffield.
The children will use IT to support learning across the curriculum including spelling, mental calculations,history research and science.
In specific skill based lessons the children will be taught how to manipulate images and add text to documents in a variety of ways.
The children will follow the SEAL units of New Beginnings, Anti Bullying and Getting on and Falling Out. They will also be involved in activities to develop their group working skills.
The children will develop their knowledge, investigation and reasoning skills during the topics of Magnets and Springs and Friction.
We will learn about what it means to be a refugee. The work will be based on stories about refugee children. The children will be encouraged to reflect on the advantages for, and the problems facing, refugees who come to Sheffield.
We will be following the Come and See Catholic RE scheme of work with the main theme ‘The Domestic Church’ with the first topic focusing on Homes and Families.
The children will create scenes of familiar places using a variety of media
We follow a published scheme called Music Express. A variety of skills will be taught this term including pitch and duration.
For the first half term the children will receive gymnastics tuition from a coach who will work with the children on Monday mornings. On Friday afternoons the children will receive dance lessons from a specialist PE teacher.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum please come to the curriculum information evening on Wednesday 18th September as there will be the opportunity to ask questions during the evening.