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Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term 1

English
This half-term we will be using the book ‘The Whale’ by Vita Murrow as our stimulus for writing. The children will build upon prior learning with the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositions. In the first half of autumn term, the children will work towards writing a setting narrative and a newspaper report.

In our reading lessons, children will be looking at the book ‘How to train your dragon’. They will look at vocabulary and using their clarifying skills when reading.

Maths
This half-term in maths, we will be building on our knowledge of Place Value and reasoning with 4-digit numbers.  Within this unit, we will be comparing and ordering amounts.  We will look at rounding values and consider where this skill is useful in everyday life.  Following this, we will be learning about Addition and Subtraction.  We will use the dienes and place value counters to enable us to understand what happens to a number when using addition and subtraction.  We will work on mental methods and then build towards using written methods to support word problems and investigations.

As well as this, we are preparing the children for the national multiplication assessment at the end of the year.  We will be doing lots of chanting of times tables in class and playing lots of games.  Each week, we will be doing a version of the times tables test within Purple Mash, which is available to you at home too.

Science
Using prior knowledge as a springboard to understand, children will return to the knowledge that some aspects of life on earth are too small to see. They will learn that we cannot see the building blocks of life, cells, without a microscope. Importantly, children will learn that cells make up tissue (e.g. muscle), which make up organs, which function in systems within our bodies. Using prior knowledge as a springboard to understand, children will return to the knowledge that some aspects of life on earth are too small to see. They will learn that we cannot see the building blocks of life, cells, without a microscope. Importantly, children will learn that cells make up tissue (e.g. muscle), which make up organs, which function in systems within our bodies.

Art
This unit introduces the children to how artists use light. It starts by connecting the concept of light to the concept of form, previously studied in Autumn B of year 3, exploring how form is shown by how light falls on an object. Children revise terms they learnt in year 3 to describe the different tones artists can use to show light as well as learning, through the work of Caravaggio how artists can use extremes of light to create drama. They practise the skills learnt in year 3 to create still life drawings using graphite, chalk and charcoal to show tone.

History
This unit builds chronologically from the study of Ancient Egypt. Children should have some prior knowledge of how civilisation began along the Nile in Ancient Egypt. It also elaborates substantive concepts of power and democracy which were first developed in Year One in ‘Kings and Queens’ and ‘Parliament and Prime Ministers’, deepening children’s understanding. This unit covers the National Curriculum requirement to study Ancient Greece, Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

Geography
Building on from the Spatial Sense unit previously studied in Year Two and Three, children will learn more about the globe and the lines geographers draw around it to help locate places. They will learn that lines of latitude are lines that measure the north-south position between the poles. They will also learn that lines of longitude measure the position east or west of the Prime Meridian line, a line that runs from pole to pole and is used as 0 degrees. Children will revisit the equator line. We have introduced latitude, longitude, and other geographical tools across years two to six so that children revisit and build their understanding of what these conceptual tools are and why geographers use them, over time.

R.E
During this half-term, as part of their Understanding Christianity, children will learn about the Gospel. They will consider the question: What kind of world did Jesus want?

Music
Miss Pickard will teach this half-term’s music. She will be teaching the children about rhythm and notation when using the Glockenspiel, with the aim of performing some pieces at the end of the half term.

DT
During the first half-term, the children will be learning about Slingshot cars by developing their understanding of mechanisms.

Computing
In computing children will be exploring different object types in 2Code. They will use a background and objects to create a scene.  With these skills, they will plan an algorithm for their scene and use 2Code to program it.