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Curriculum Overview

Spring Term 1

English
Our writing lessons this term will be guided by the book “Where Once We Stood” this will provide the children with some background knowledge for their Astronomy unit in science later in the year. They will write an explanation narrative followed by a report at the end of the half-term.

Maths
In Maths the children will be learning about fractions and decimals, calculating fractions of amounts, rounding decimals to the nearest whole number, and representing, identifying, and comparing fractions (including improper and mixed number). We will then move onto Angles where the children will be classifying, comparing, and ordering angles. They will measure and draw angles with a protractor as well as understand and use angle facts to calculate missing angles.

Science
Living Things and their Habitats - Pupils will look at the life cycles of plants and animals in their local area, working scientifically to observe the life cycle of a local tree and the animals that interact with it. Examples of oak trees and squirrels are given in the plan, but teachers are encouraged to use a locally relevant example of how animals and trees change throughout the year. Developing on this knowledge, pupils will then look at the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects, and birds in more detail. Pupils will study the details of these life cycles and will consider the various stages, including metamorphosis and reproduction.

Art
Art from Western Africa- This unit explores the art of Western Africa by looking at Malian antelope headdresses and the Benin plaques from Nigeria. The children learn about how the Malian headdresses, made by the Bamana peoples are used in a ceremony to honour the spirt Chiwara and reflects the importance of farming in their rural community. The children explore how the shapes in the headdress represent different animals important in Bamana society.

History
French Revolution- The children will learn about noteworthy events in French history, such as the Storming of the Bastille. They will look at what this signified to the French people at the time as well as learning about how the people in France still celebrate Bastille Day, which they call La Fête Nationale, where they remember the time when the people rebelled against the power of the monarchy.

Geography
British Geography (East Anglia, The Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside)- This unit builds on the previous units and looks more closely at East Anglia, the Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside. Studying these regions of the UK will show children the differences in both industry and landscape within England. Children will use maps to find out about the landscape of each region. They will learn that East Anglia is flat and that the land there is used for growing crops. They will learn that topography looks at the shape of land and what is on the surface of the land. They will use a topographic map to look at a region of The Fens and will be able to identify which areas are below sea level and what this means for people living in the area. Children will learn that over time, the Fenland has been drained to allow marshland to be turned into farmland for crops and grazing animals.

R.E
Hinduism – Children will develop their understanding of the spiritual pathways to Moksha and how this is written in the Hindu scriptures.

Music
During this term we will be looking at music in the community. The children will be learning about the performance of a range of music.

French
Details coming soon

DT
Structure: Bridges. This topic develops children’s understanding of secure structures and introduces them to measuring, sawing, and joining wood accurately. After learning about several types of bridges and exploring how the strength of structures can be affected by the shapes used. Children create their own wooden bridge and test its durability.

Computing
Databases- In this unit children will be learning about the ways to search a database to help them answer a range of questions correctly. They will then move to creating a class database and add information to this. Children know the difference between a spreadsheet and a database.

PE
In PE, this half term the children will be learning a range of ‘press and go’ gymnastic skills during our indoor sessions. By the end of the half term, they will be able to create and perform a floor and apparatus sequence of 6–8 actions which combines press and go actions with other actions, with fluency, clear shapes, and variety in the ways they involve the apparatus.

During out outdoor sessions the children will be learning to play Handball. By the end of the sessions, they will be able to play a game that involves passing and showing good teamwork.


Autumn Term 2

English
We will be using the book ‘King Kong’ to guide us through our Writing lessons this term. Using the ideas from the text we will be writing a balanced argument and a dilemma narrative.

Maths
In Maths the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division. Using a range of strategies to calculate including short and long multiplication. Towards the end of the half-term children will investigate area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes and estimate the area of non-rectilinear shapes.

Science
In Science the children will firstly revisit the concept of conductivity, children will look at the most suitable material for thermal conductivity and will analyse different materials and their properties. After revisiting this knowledge, children will move on to studying solubility; which materials are soluble and what it means to be soluble. Children will then take their science learning on further to look at separating mixtures through sieving, filtering and evaporating.

Art
Islamic Art and Architecture- Children are first introduced to art from the Islamic world by first studying the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. In it they identify examples of Islamic style, including calligraphy, geometric and vegetal patterns made from tile work and mosaics. The go on to consider these features in The Alhambra and the Taj Mahal, in particular noting the ornate plasterwork in the Nasyid Palaces at The Alhambra. Study of symmetrical designs, vegetal patterns and mosaics refers back to the influence of Byzantine art.

History
The Birth of the British Empire- Children will begin by revisiting monarchs previously studied, such as Elizabeth I and James I, to set the context. Children will then learn about some significant decisions and events that took place during the reigns of these familiar monarchs that resulted in the birth and expansion of the British Empire.

Geography
Mountains- Children will learn that mountains are large landforms that rise above surrounding land. They will briefly look at plate tectonics theory, touching on the reasons why mountains form. Children will also learn that a mountain range is a group of connected mountains and will study the Alps, The Himalayas, The Rockies and The Andes. Mount Kilimanjaro will also be studied as an example of a dormant volcano.

R.E
Incarnation- Was Jesus the Messiah?

Music
Children will be using and creating their own graphic scores this half-term. 

French
In French the children are learning about French food as well as popular sports in the country. They will develop their spoken vocabulary to be able to say which foods and sports they enjoy.

DT

Electrical systems: Electronic cards. This unit builds on pupils' knowledge of how to incorporate electrical circuits into products from Y4. Children explore how circuits can be adapted to suit different purposes, explore series circuits and recreate one using conductive adhesive tape. They then apply this knowledge to design and create an electronic greeting card.

Computing
The children will be developing their knowledge of using the Internet safely, thinking about what information should and should not be shared with others online.

PE
This half-term children in Derby class will be completing swimming lessons each week. Salisbury class will be learning about different styles of dance. Both classes will also be developing their ball skills in their second weekly lesson.


Autumn Term 1

English
We will start the year looking at adventure narrative, basing our work from reading elements of The Lost Book of Adventure. We will then write a survival guide using what we have learnt from the book to create our own survival guides.

Maths
In Maths the children will be learning to reason with large whole integers. 

Science
The Human Body- children will study how the human body changes from birth to old age. They will cover the period of growth known as adolescence and will learn about the changes to the human body including muscles and bones growing larger, the growth of hair in armpits and around genitals, menstruation and voices breaking. Pupils will compare and contrast the different gestational periods of animals, including humans and will understand that human infants need care and attention for many years before they are independent.

Art
Style in Art- Children will consider how artists can use different techniques to alter their style. Children start by comparing different styles of brushwork demonstrated by Stubbs in Whistlejacket and by Munch in The Scream of Nature. They draw pears using contrasting techniques, creating visible marks in oil pastels in the manner of Van Gogh and smooth modelling using soft pastels in the manner of Stubbs. They go on to compare two radically different styles, rococo and modernism, analysing the differences they see in painting and chair design.

History
Baghdad - Studying Baghdad in AD900 challenges any current conceptions that children may have of the region and develops an appreciation of its significance as a centre for learning in world history. Children will have the opportunity to compare the construction of Baghdad with other European settlements such as the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of London.

Geography
Spatial Sense- Latitude and longitude are taught to enable children to gain an understanding of how cartographers divide the world into segments to allow identification of locations using co-ordinates. Children will become familiar with the Prime Meridian line and will use co-ordinates to identify locations around the world. Children will also build on their knowledge of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, from previous units, and will look at the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

R.E
God- What does it mean if God is holy and loving?

Music
In Music lessons the children will be learning to play the drum, considering beats and patterns. 

French

French lessons will build on vocabulary and simple phrases learnt last year.

DT
Mechanisms- Creating a Pop up book 

Computing
Coding- What makes an efficient piece of code? How can we create algorithms for physical systems.

PE
Children in Salisbury class will be having swimming lessons this half term as one of their PE sessions. For the other session they will be learning Basketball Skills. Derby class will be developing their gymnastic skills.