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Summer

In English we will be exploring more genres this term – an evenly balanced arrange of fiction and non-fiction texts. We will be advancing our knowledge of explanation texts using the ‘Wallace and Gromit’ series to explain how mechanical devices work. Alongside this non-fiction work, we will also be producing balanced arguments on the hotly debated topic – Graffiti – Art or Vandalism? As well as non-fiction writing, we are going to explore narratives set in imaginary worlds using the text ‘Amari and the Night Brothers’ and later on in the summer term, we will look at classic football heroes from South America to produce biographies to tie in with our Geography topic. ‘The Americas.’

 

In Maths we will be focussing on reasoning and problem solving skills in the areas of: Geometry (missing coordinates, symmetry, translation, reflection and 3D nets); ratio, money (story problems); time (timetables and duration); and Algebra (working backwards problems, formulas and algebraic expressions).

 

As Geographers we will be learning about mountains and will be able to explain how they are formed.  Using atlases and maps, we will identify some well-known mountain ranges around the world.  

 

As Historians we will be examining crime and punishment across the ages.  We will explore the reasons why people committed crimes in the different eras we have studied throughout KS2.  We will look at how crime was dealt with prior to the establishment of a police force and understand how crime is dealt with in Britain today.  Following this, we will look at crime and punishment across the world and will be able to justify our own opinion on justice.

 

As Scientists we will be building upon our knowledge of living things and their habitats.  We will look the classification systems of Aristotle and Carl Linnaeus and use these to identify living things in our school environment.  We will also begin tracking living things in our new school pond area.  In Summer 2, we will be learning about the theories of evolution and inheritance.  During the topic, we will look at the work and findings of Charles Darwin and Mary Anning.

 

As Computer specialists (in Computing) we will be computational thinkers. The children will learn about some common algorithms, and recognise that more efficient solutions to the same problem can reduce the impact of computation on energy and other resources.

 

As Artists we will be looking at the work of some key industrial inventors including: James Hargreaves, Thomas Newcomen and Richard Arkwright.  We will plan and make our own machinery and make independent choices over the materials that are incorporated in the design.

 

In RE our question is: What can be done about racism? Can religion help? The children will have opportunities to consider the concept of diversity and will be discussing a diverse range of views about questions of living together, tolerance and respect and prejudice-reduction. Following the study of beliefs and values in different religions and worldviews, pupils will be able to think about their own experiences and views about race, ethnicity and racial justice in relation to religions and worldviews.

 

As Engineers (in DT) we will be creating a model car that incorporates an electrical system.  We will apply our understanding of computing to program, monitor and control our products using a BBC Micro-Bit.  

 

 

 

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