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Our topic for the Summer term is Dynamic Dynasties


In English, we kick start the summer term with explanation texts, creating our own 'teacher-pleaser' machine and explaining how it works using lots of fantastic causal conjunctions! To tie in with our history topic, Ancient Egypt, we will be writing a newspaper article on the archaeologist Howard Carter, creating a biography on the infamous Tutankhamun and exploring the mystifying myths and legends of Ancient Egypt.


In Maths, we will begin the term by finding unit and non-unit fractions of shapes and quantities, before moving onto adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and recognising equivalent fractions. Later in the term, we will be moving onto work about 2-D and 3-D shapes, including recognising types of angles and lines. Finally, we will be extending our knowledge of telling the time to the nearest minute on an analogue and digital clock, as well as calculating time intervals and finding out about the number of days in each month. 


As Geographers, we will use a range of maps, atlases and globes to identify different types of settlements and locate where different ancient civilisations settled. We will develop our understanding of how land use influenced where people lived, as well as begin to understand how trade became an important way to transport goods. 


As Historians, we will be exploring, comparing and contrasting the achievements of the earliest civilisations: The Ancient Egyptians, The Indus Valley Tribe, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and The Ancient Sumer Tribe. Later in the term, we will explore the Ancient Egyptians in greater depth. 


As Scientists, we will start the term by investigating how light reflects off different surfaces, as well as finding out how shadows are formed and can be changed. Later in the term, we will use magnets to investigate which materials are magnetic, as well as finding out more about the North and South poles on magnets and how these can attract or repel each other. 


As Computer specialists (in Computing), we will become opinion pollsters by using Google Forms and Google Sheets to create a survey, collect results and analyse data. Later in the term, we will use iPads and green screen technology to create our own video presentations about an aspect of Ancient Egypt. 


As Artists, we will be exploring a range of masks from different ancient civilisations to gain a greater understanding of their purpose and appearance, before designing and creating our own using a range of wet and dry media.  


In Beliefs, Values and Worldviews, we will be exploring what it means to be a Christian in Britain today. We will build on our knowledge of Christianity to learn how Christians express their faith through prayer, objects, charity and places of worship. 


As Engineers (in DT), we will design and create our own shaduf, as a way to explore the work of ancient farmers. 


As Musicians (in Music), we will be learning all about the traditional instruments and songs of India, including a drone, rag and tal. 


As Linguists, we will be learning how to order ice creams in our French lessons, building on our knowledge of masculine and feminine nouns and French phonics. By the end of the unit, we will be performing role plays in order to practise the  language needed to ask for ice creams of different flavours, incorporating greetings, saying thank you and dealing with money.


In PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), our theme is 'Living in the Wider World', where we will be developing our understanding of the importance of rules, laws and human rights within society. We will also be tackling gender stereotypes in the workplace and beginning to set ourselves aspirational goals for the future. 


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