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In January, the school was closed following government guidelines in response to COVID-19. Our remote education is now in place (more information can be found in the remote learning tab). The remote education will follow our curriculum as close as possible. Below is the intended learning for Spring term which will be closely mirrored in our remote education.

Reception

In the second half term, Reception are continuing our theme of ‘Sustainability’ through the core text ‘Why do we need bees?’ by Katie Daynes. We will learn about different animals and habits using a range of sources. We will be using this knowledge to make our very our own fact files for endangered animals. 

In Literacy, we will be applying our phonics knowledge and Writer’s Toolkit to label different parts of a bee. We will also be learning about the different types of bees, the process of making honey as well as, learning how to plant and what plants need to grow.  

In Mathematics, we will be exploring how many we ways we can create number bonds to 10 by addition and subtraction number stories. We will also be learning about the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes using mathematical vocabulary. There is also a focus on time and sequencing the events of a day such as brushing teeth, breakfast and also, a focus on the position and distance of an object. 

Parents can support their child's learning through reading with them every day and discussing the stories that they have read, and by looking at searching the internet to read about our topics. Practising counting and number skills when out and about will support children’s development and understanding in Maths. In line with the termly theme based on ‘Sustainability’, reading your child a story focusing on animals will help them to develop their ideas. If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home please see your child's class teacher.

Year One and Two

This term Year Two will continue to explore the themes of Human Rights and uneven distribution of power. We will use our knowledge of the impact Dr Barnardo had on children’s rights to consider how charities and organisations make an impact within the local community. We will be learning about different voluntary roles, then as inspired by Angus in our core text ‘Angus Rides the Goods Train’, we will be writing persuasive letters to raise awareness and to encourage others to support our local food bank through volunteering and donating.

In English, our core text this term is ‘Angus Rides the Goods Train’ by Alan Durant, which follows the journey of a young boy called Angus on his quest to help people living in poverty and animals in crisis. This focusses on the themes of rights and uneven distribution of power and will support us in engaging in debates on whether animals and humans should be treated equally and if some people deserve to not be treated with as much respect as others. Our core text will influence us to write a newspaper article as our final outcome, which will encourage us to build on our skills of writing in different tenses, from different perspectives, as well as introduce us to recognising and writing direct and indirect speech.

In Maths this half term our foci will be shape, fractions and measure. In the first two weeks of term we will be recognising 2D and 3D shapes and comparing and contrasting them using carroll diagrams. During our fractions topic, we will be finding halves, quarters and thirds and applying mathematical vocabulary such as ‘numerator’, ‘denominator’, ‘part’ and ‘whole’. In our measure topic, we will be learning how to measure length, weight and time. We will also continue to develop our knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s.

Our curriculum lessons will have a history focus, where we will be writing persuasive letters and creating posters to encourage others to support our local food bank through either donating or volunteering. In PE we will be doing dance, learning how to move in time to a beat. In Art, we will be creating observational drawings of fruits and vegetables, creating a mixed-media collage inspired by the artist Tom Abbiss Smith.  In Science, we will continue learning about materials by investigating their suitability for different purposes and using this knowledge to support our design of our own shelter. Our RE this term will be focussing on Sikhism and the Gurdwara as a place of worship.

In Year Two, our reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Friday. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. We will also be sending out spellings and phonics or maths related activities on a Friday, which are due the following Wednesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme of Human Rights.

Year Three

For our curriculum this term we will be looking at human rights, inspired by our core text 'The Patchwork Path'. We will be looking at the impact rights and law have on the humanity and real-life issues. We will be looking at how we can help this problem on a school scale. We will also be looking at slavery and how it has affected the rights of minorities within communities in history.

In English this half term, we will be starting our new core text, ‘The Patchwork Path’ which explores the path to freedom for a young girl ‘Hannah’ and her Papa. They follow a code created through a patchwork quilt to help them navigate to safety and freedom. We will be exploring first hand recounts by writing a diary entry and exploring how to describe setting using descriptive language.

In Maths this half term, children will be focusing on fractions, focusing on whole amounts and parts of amounts. We will also be exploring equivalent fractions and multiplying by fractions.

In Science, we will be Investigating forces and what they are, by exploring magnets and friction.

In History we will be exploring the underground railroad in New York City and the lives of slaves and how some managed to overcome this and become free people.

In RE, we will be exploring the Christian religion, focusing on places of worship.

In Art, we will be looking at the work of Evan Turk to create our own patchwork pieces by exploring print and layering. 

In PE we will be looking at gymnastics, looking at ways of travelling, avoiding obstacles and change of pace.

Year Four

This term children will explore the topic of sustainability to see the impact that humans have on the environment on a global level. They will identify how climate change has affected the planet and will look specifically at the effects of deforestation. They will conclude the term by scripting and producing a documentary that identifies the threats faced by endangered animals, as well as solutions that take responsibility for the environment we live in.

Our core text this term in English is 'The Vanishing Rainforest' by Richard Platt. Children will be exploring features of a diary and identifying how the main character feels throughout different stages of the book. As the term progresses, children will explore sentence openers, punctuation for effect and how to create suspense in their writing. They will then publish three diary entries depicting how loggers and deforestation have had a detrimental effect on communities in the Amazon rainforest over time.

In Maths, we will continue to study fractions specifically looking at fractions of an amount. We will also be looking at decimal numbers. We will be looking at how to make a whole, comparing different decimals. We will also be applying our decimals knowledge to the real life context of money.

In Art, we will be studying the artist John Dyer and will be producing a collage of the rainforest using recycled materials.

In Geography, we will be exploring the effects of climate change and deforestation on wildlife specifically the tiger species. We will then create a documentary exploring the impact deforestation has on the animals.

In RE, we will be identifying the importance of Hindu places of worship. 

In Science, children will be exploring light and shadows and identifying variables to create a fair test.

In PE, we will be participating in dance unit. We will be looking at rhythm and technique in dance. We will create our own routines towards the end. We will also be taking part in boxercise sessions and use different boxing movements to create our own exercises

Year Five

This term the children will explore the theme of identity and diversity, looking at the impacts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in our society today. They will compare their own lives to the lives of people in Afghanistan exploring gender stereotypes in geography. The children will use this learning to create a business selling a range of merchandise (badges, keyrings) with slogans on which challenge stereotypes.

In English, we will be reading our new core text, ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen, which explores the theme of identity and diversity. Children will develop an awareness of how to maintain a positive mental health as well as how to overcome stereo types. While exploring the text, we will be focusing on how to communicate effectively, through a range of media, about issues to suit the subject, audience and purpose. Throughout this term, we will be developing a range of skills to create a mindfulness session for KS1 classes, to help promote a healthy mind set.

In Maths, children will be looking at multiplication and division.  They will be multiplying 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers as well as dividing 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. Towards the end of the term, we will look at how to convert different units of measurement. They will also be exposed to a range of fluency and reasoning questions, such as multi-step problems to help secure and deepen their understanding.

In Science, we will be learning about Earth and Space. We will look at the different phases of the moon and compare the length of days and years of the planets.

In RE, we will be looking at Christianity and the importance of Jesus in the religion. We will explore the values of Christianity and understand how Jesus’ divinity impacts modern society.

In indoor PE we will be developing and creating a circuit routine. We will also explore variations of different exercises. In outdoor PE we will be developing our skills for tennis.

In Art we will be looking at the artist Paul Catherall. We will use his work as inspiration to create collages of buildings and landscapes.

Year Six

This half term, Year 6’s learning will be based our core text ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes. We will continue to explore segregation in America and how influential people tried to bring around change. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.

We will have a history focus to our learning this term around our global theme of peace and conflict. The children will explore the legacy slavery left behind and Britain’s paradoxical position of being a leading light in the abolition movement but also a country who relied heavily of the products of slavery in order to produce its wealth. The children will also consider how Britain needed help from citizens of ex-slave colonies, like Jamaica and other Caribbean states, in order to rebuild after the Second World War and the impact that had on British life. They will produce a balanced argument at the end of term around the question, ‘Is skin colour and race still an issue in today’s society?’

In English, we will be reading a core text called 'Ghost Boys' by Jewell Parker Rhodes. The learning journey will focus on the themes of friendship, family relationships, bullying and peer pressure. To begin the term, the children will be exploring the main characters and relationships and writing in role from different perspectives. The children will then learn about persuasive devices and write a letter in role to one of the characters. The children will then reflect on their own future aspirations and learn the skills they need to write a biography about Barack Obama, who is seen as a positive and influential role model by the main character in the narrative. They will use these writing opportunities to develop their voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths, the children will begin by continuing their learning about measurement covering area, perimeter and volume and using their knowledge to solve problems. They will then be learning to solve problems involving ratios. Finally, the children will be learning about finding rules to solve algebraic equations. Children will develop their reasoning skills and continue to focus on their times table and arithmetic skills.

In RE, we will be learning about Christian celebrations and the children will be making connections to celebrations in their own lives and other religions.

In Science, the children will be learning about ‘light’. They will consider how light travels, how it reflects off objects to enable us to see them and how shadow is the absence of light. The children will then look at how light travels through objects and investigate how the distance of an object from a light source will affect the size of the shadow it casts.

In Art, our topic is entitled: 'Love where you live'.  During this term, children will be using photography and observational drawing to create a collage to celebrate their local community with links to local artists.

In PE, we shall be learning the basics of tag rugby outdoors by playing team games to introduce the concept. Indoors, the children will continue their journey in building their fitness by getting involved in a ‘boot camp’, completing circuits and devising ways to increase their heart rate.