What we are learning about this term in Peckforton Class.
At the beginning of the term, we will be revisiting poetry, with a specific focus on recital of lyrics. The children will be continuing to apply their knowledge of figurative language and how to create impact in their poetry writing. Following this, we will be holding a ‘No Outsiders’ picture book focus week, where the children read an allocated book with a hidden message, using inference skills to determine this. Children will then move on to looking at and writing adverts, diary entries and non chronological reports, before ending the term on playscripts in preparation for our end of year play, Macbeth.
In maths, we will begin the term looking at geometry, including shapes and angles, as well as using a protractor. The children will then be looking at position and movement, before moving on to measurements, area and perimeter and volume. We will continue following the Maths-No Problem! scheme of work, looking in depth at the small steps required to solidify knowledge and understanding in order to develop mastery in maths.
In science, the children will begin by studying Changes in Materials. This will involve a range of scientific enquiry investigations, as well as considering the five areas of Science. They will look at dissolving solids in liquids, reversible and irreversible reactions and how to ensure a fair test.
Pupils will then move onto studying Animals including humans. They will learn about the different parts of the digestive system and their functions. They will also construct and interpret a variety of food chains involving predator and prey.
Wider Curriculum – History and Geography
Our focus for the first half term is ‘Chocolate’. The children will learn about the discovery of chocolate in the Mayan Empire and that the Maya believed chocolate was a food of the gods. They will look at the trade of chocolate and that it was used as currency within the Maya empire and beyond.
During the second part of the term, the children will be studying the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ and will be performing this along with Cholmondeley class at the end of the year.
Wider Curriculum – Physical Education
In PE, the year 5 children will be attending swimming lessons, whilst the year 4 children will be developing their skills in net and wall games with a focus on tennis. In the second half term, they will be learning to play cricket and developing their skills in striking and fielding. We will also be taking part in our annual sports day in June!
Wider Curriculum – Art & Design Technology
In art lessons, children will be studying mono print making, understanding repeated pattern and the use of multiple colours. They will be using the artist David Hockney for inspiration, looking at his use of mark making, bold colour and natural surroundings.
Wider Curriculum – Music
Mrs Shakspeare will teach music on a Wednesday and choir practise on Friday. Pupils will enjoy rhythm lessons and learning new music as well as playing many musical instruments. Some children in Peckforton class have also been learning to play the violin!
Wider Curriculum – PSHE
PSHE lessons will continue to be taught through assemblies and class discussions. The children will be focusing on friendships, cyber bullying and looking at our British values, as well as what would happen if we did not have the Rule of Law.
Wider Curriculum – RE
During RE lessons this term, children will be studying Hinduism. The children will be learning about the deities in the Hindu religion and how Hindu’s use stories to help shape their morals.
Wider Curriculum – Computing
During Computing lessons, children will be designing and making their own game using purple mash. They will consider visuals and how to make their game appealing, as well as evaluating existing games and the features that make them successful.
Wider Curriculum – Spanish
During Spanish lessons, children will continue to broaden their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary including asking learning to introduce themselves. We now follow the Language Angels scheme, which children can access from home.
General Class Reminders
- Full school P.E. kit is needed on Tuesday for (PE lessons).
- READING BOOKS need to be brought into school Children will change their home reader and Library book once they have completed an Accelerated Reader quiz.
- HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Pupils will also be given spellings to learn and times tables to practise. Both of these will be tested on Friday.
Throughout the term work completed by the children will be put on to our blog.
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