Spring Term

As writers, we will use the theme of India to write a range of exciting and informative texts.For example, the children will be inspired by scenes from The Jungle book to write their own jungle chase. They will write their own versions of traditional Indian narratives e.g. Rama and Sita. The children will write a non-chronological report about aspects of India, as well as a kenning poem inspired by India’s wildlife.

As readers, we will focus on traditional Indian narratives, as well as different types of poetry. The children will use a range of non-fiction texts to research India.

As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in the areas we previously covered throughout school. Our knowledge of number will be increased by learning about negative numbers and through a range of problem-solving tasks based on our current knowledge. Throughout the term, we will continue to learn all of our tables up to 12x12. To aid our work across a range of mathematical areas, we will learn about factor pairs. We will develop last year's fractions work involving tenths by learning about, and using, hundredths. Through learning how to divide by 10 and 100, we will learn about decimal numbers; how to round these off and how to compare them. Learning how to calculate the perimeter of oblongs and squares will further our measuring skills. In our shape work, we will focus on different quadrilaterals and triangles as well as learning about acute and obtuse angles. We will continue to present and interpet data (both continuous and discrete) in graphs; using this data to answer questions.

As scientists, we will revise the body’s major organs, leading to a focus on the digestive system. Children are taught the process of digestion from mouth to rectum. This includes an understanding of organs such as the liver, stomach, pancreas and intestines. Following this, children explore the three states of materials (solid, liquid and gas).

As geographers, we will use atlases and recap continents of the world. They then focus on India, learning about its political borders and natural features e.g. The Himalayas, Eastern and Western Ghats and River Ganges. Children are introduced to climate zones with specific reference to India. The children will use 4-figure grid references through a range of activities. In addition, children explore photographs taken by a member of staff during their visit to India to gain an understanding about life in India.

As Spanish linguists, we will develop various aspects of conversational Spanish. The children will listen and speak more fluently in Spanish: asking simple questions about each other’s families and how many pets they may have? The children will also develop their adjective vocabulary for describing their family and pets. They will also write simple phrases in Spanish and translate them to English.

As theologians, we will focus on Hinduism. The children will study Hindu practice in worship (temple - Mandir) and in action. The children will learn about Hindu beliefs and values, and contrasting this with their previous understanding of other religions. Children will explore Hindu teachings and gain a better understanding of Hindu family, community and worship.

As users of technology, we will use Scratch to develop previous coding skills. This will result in the children creating of an interactive educational game to teach others about locating European countries on a map. Children will also create their own interactive presentation to support their groups Science presentation on the digestive system.

As citizens, we will be taught about how to keep ourselves safe, particularly in and around water as all children will be part of an intense 3-week swimming lesson programme. This will include examining risky situations through identifying the ‘critical moment’ in a scenario. Children are also taught about the meanings of signs in order to keep them safe.

As artists, we will be inspired by India in our artwork. The children use paint, sewing, clay, printing and pen and ink to produce India inspired work. We will therefore look at the artwork of Henri Rousseau, in particular his Tiger painting. Also, children will use the Chinese New Year Festival as an opportunity to produce artwork that is related to the specific animal of the zodiac who is celebrated in that particular year.

As designers, we will follow a naan bread recipe, linked to our study of India. The children will understand the history of the naan bread and be aware of the traditional methods for making this bread. Also, the children will measure the necessary ingredients using grams and millilitres. Throughout the project, children will learn about hygienic practises when handling food.

As musicians, we will explore Indian music. We will think about how it uses modes and rhythm patterns (raga and tala) and start to create our own music inspired by Indian composers using tuned classroom percussion. We will explore texture and timbre. We will sing songs that link to India.

As sports people, we will learn how to swim safely and confidently. We will start to understand the rules and regulations of Dodgeball. We will develop and improve our decision-making and understand how our decision-making can affect our individual performance. We will look at using a range of throwing techniques that are appropriate for certain scenarios within the game. In addition, we will start to understand the rules and regulations of Football. We will concentrate on fundamental ball skills like dribbling, passing and controlling the ball. We will perform these skills during match-based activities.