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In English we will be investigating Aesop's fables and writing our own. We will meet several characters from the fables and get to know them well so that we can describe them.  We will be learning to use expanded noun phrases and apply them to our writing. We will also be creating information texts about a range of animals, linked to our Science. later in the term we will be looking at traditional tales and how these have been used and 'twisted' to create a range of modern versions. 


In Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will be using arrays, value of numbers and a range of materials to support this. We will also be looking at Fractions. we will find out what they look like, how to draw them, how to find fractions of amounts and how to use this knowledge to solve a range of problems. 


As Geographers we are going to be recapping our knowledge of the continents and oceans, but our main focus will be on Antarctica. We will be applying our knowledge of human and physical features to regions in Antarctica, specifically Rothera. Next, we will be finding out about routes taken by different explorers. We will look at their journeys across the equator, focussing on effect of the equator on nearby and faraway countries.


As Historians we will be finding out about the race to the South Pole, and the explorers who visited and made discoveries on Antarctica. This link really closely to our Geography.  We will be using a range of primary and secondary sources to help us find out about and sequence historical events. We will also be using Drama, and out Historical knowledge to give reasons for and against an event happening (Should Captain Scott have gone to Antarctica?)


As Scientists we will be discussing the acronym MRS GREN to identify how we know if something is alive. We will be creating diagrams of food chains to understand predators and prey. We will also be learning about habitats and microhabitats as well as finding out how animals are adapted to their environment. As well as finding out the key information we will be investigating these things to develop our knowledge further. 


As Computer specialists (in Computing) we have three exciting units to cover. In our first unit, we will be finding out about what makes a good picture. We will be taking digital photographs, learning how digital cameras work, editing and reviewing our images, using photographic techniques. In our second unit we will be finding out how computer games are made. We will be further developing our knowledge of algorithms and using this to review the effectiveness of a range of existing games. In our final unit, we will be using map and spreadsheet software to compare the number of bugs in two habitats. 


As Musicians we will be learning the language tempo, dynamic and pitch. We will be using this to appraise music and give reasons for styles we like and don't like. We will also be considering how music makes us feel. We will be using graphic scores to plan our own music and using a range of untuned instruments. 


As Artists we will be creating artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. He is a naturalist, who uses entirely natural products to create transient art. We will be looking at shape, form and texture. We will be analysing his work, creating designs and finally creating our own artwork in his style. 


In RE we are continuing to develop our knowledge of Judaism. We will be learning about special objects, such as the Seder plate and the dreidel. After half term, we will start our new topic, where we will be looking at who is Muslim and what do they believe. 


As Engineers (in DT) we will be be having a go at woodwork! We will learn all the skills to use the appropriate tools, including hammers, sandpaper, saws, saw benches and nails safely. We will then use this knowledge to design and create rabbit hutches (linked to the book Tom Crean's Rabbit) suitable for use on a boat exploring the Antarctic. 


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