Summer Curriculum and dates for diary

Summer Curriculum and dates for diary

Dear Parents


I can’t believe two weeks has passed since we returned to school. Just a few key details of our curriculum for the Summer Term

Science Topics Habitats – We’ve already had lots of fun with this topic, this week we designed a habitat for a bug using our persuasive literacy skills and carried out a bug hunt in the woods. We will visit the Botanic Gardens on the 20th May as part of our learning about Habitats, where the curator will give us a talk about plants within the Botanical Gardens.

Light and Shadows –  Let’s hope the sun shines this summer to aid our learning in this topic, we are availing of the Science expertise within the Environmental Learning Centre at Notre Dame on the 15th July.

Literacy – Cross curricular learning linked to our history topic the Egyptians – The children have just completed a long adventure story based on the The time travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess, through this topic we will also cover writing the story from the perspective of the main character Topher as a diary entry. We will use instructions to create Egyptians board games, which links to our Design and Technology topic also. Finally, we will write poetry based on Egyptian themes.

Art  – Pop Art  and Talking Picture Project – We are working with Chatsworth as a whole school to study and do cross curricular work around a painting called ” The Arno” by Thomas Patch. Year 4 and Year 4/5 are visiting Chatsworth on Monday 17th June as part of this project.

Design & TechnologyMaking a Board Game

Religious Education – Self Discipline – Linked to understanding the story of Pentecost, Building Bridges – Core Theme Reconciliation, God’s People – Core Theme the role of Saints and extraordinary people

 Physical Education – A variety of physical skills – current focus preparation for Sports Day on May 21st at the English Institute of Sport.

ICTInternet and Digital Communication – Using Edmodo  teaching children safe rules for Social Networking in a controlled environment, and blogging skills

Digital Creativity – Working with Mash Productions the children are making a film about their learning in their Africa topic- I will invite everybody in to see this once it has been completed

Mathematics – follows National Curriculum coverage for Year 4 and Year 5 as appropriate to your child’s individual needs.

Music – Exploring Signals – Identifying patterns in music , Animal Magic – Using musical techniques to recreate animal sounds and movement

History and Geography – Pharaohs and Pyramids -Cross curricular study about Egyptians – focussing on understanding the specific role of Pharaohs – we will visit Weston Park on 11th June 2013 for an Egyptians Day.

Any questions, concerns – please come and see me – after school is best, any day except Thursdays ( staff meeting day)   is fine.


Kind Regards

Ms Downey


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