As writers, we will use the theme of Anglo-Saxons to write our own King Arthur inspired text, as well as composing various non-fiction texts related to the Anglo-Saxon period. The children will write a persuasive piece of writing where they take the role of an Anglo-Saxon estate agent and try to convince the reader to buy their property. All children are exposed to the story of Iron Man by Ted Hughes and will retell aspects of the story in their own words.
As readers, we will focus on Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Children will explore the style of Ted Hughes in great depth and be able to retell the story in our own words. Alongside this, children will read a variety of non-fiction texts about the Anglo Saxons, as well as fictional literature related to the Anglo-Saxons such as King Arthur and Beowulf.
As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in the areas taught during this year. Our knowledge of Roman numerals will be furthered by working with numbers up to 100. The use of inverse calculations will be an area of focus in our addition and subtraction work. We will also be able to solve problems by multiplying and adding. Throughout the term, we will finish learning all of our tables up to 12x12. To improve our understanding of fractions, we will learn about families of equivalent fractions as well as developing our calculation and problem solving skills. We will be able to recognise and write decimal equivalents of common fractions. Our measure work from last term on perimeter will be expanded to include the area of oblongs and squares. In addition, we will learn how to convert between different measures, such as kilometres to metres.
As scientists, we will focus on physics. Children will learn about electricity and have the opportunity to make their own circuits with multiple components. The children will represent these circuits through symbols. Children will experiment with insulators and conductors, as well as making their own Design and Technology project linked to the Iron Man, where the children design their own electrical circuits. Children also learn about sound and its connection with vibration.
As historians, we will learn about the Anglo-Saxons. This starts at the very beginning, with who the Anglo-Saxons are, where they originally came from and why they chose to settle in England. The children will learn about Anglo-Saxon settlements and village life. They will learn about Anglo-Saxon warfare and write an Anglo-Saxon warrior description in their writing. Also, the children will learn about Alfred the Great and Canute the great. Children also explore the link between Anglo-Saxons and Christianity. Children are then introduced to Sutton Hoo and will use pictures of artefacts discovered at the site as primary sources.
As geographers, we will learn about the different regions of England in relation to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. The children will learn to identify major countries and capital cities on a map of Europe and use this knowledge to explain where many Anglo-Saxons would have originally come from before settling in England.
As Spanish linguists, we will explore more about the cultural life in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. Children will learn the names of European countries in Spanish. The children will also learn the regular ar/er verbs.
As theologians, we will learn about Christianity and the Community. The children will learn about a range of religious stories and sacred writings related to Jesus. The children will recognise that religious teachings and ideas make a difference to individuals, families and the local community. How does the church reflect upon Jesus’s life and teachings in a modern society?
As users of technology, we will develop the children’s coding skills further with Logo. The children will learn how to precisely write their own code in order to achieve a given objective. On Logo, children will use coding to control an icon, create 2D shapes and use repeat functions to make interesting patterns. Children will also use computing to input their own data and create bar charts.
As citizens, we will learn about safety in relation to electricity. Working alongside their Science work, the children are told of the dangers of electricity, particularly in the ‘real world’ i.e. at home and around their community.
As artists, we will use the Anglo-Saxons as the inspiration for the art work. Children use paint, sewing, clay, printing and pen and ink to produce Anglo-Saxon inspired work e.g. Sutton Hoo artefact designs. The children will also learn about one of Art’s ‘greats’ – Andy Warhol - and be inspired by them in their own art work.
As designers, we will design, make and evaluate our own Iron Man head with a working electrical circuit inside. Children evaluate their project at the end using book creator on the iPad.
As musicians, we will sing songs that link to the Anglo-Saxons. We will explore how to create moods in music and how to use art and images as a starting point for composing work. We will explore how to record and blend sounds.
As sports people, we will be participating in a variety of track and field events, which will go hand in hand with our Sports' Day. We will understand the contrast between stamina and speed in regards to track events. We will explore the basic skills of striking a ball and improving on our hand eye coordination. We will focus on the importance of communication when batting with a partner and in the fielding aspect of cricket.