In English this half term we will be reading the book How to Train Your Dragon. This exciting story about a Viking boy and his journey to becoming a real Viking hero is a favourite here in Walworth and we are excited to follow Hiccup in this adventurous tale of dragons, gods and many mishaps along the way.
Using our text as a prompt and stimulus, we will be producing a variety of pieces of writing including instructions, diary entries, fact files and newspaper articles. We will use our English lessons to practise the skills needed for these different styles of writing before producing and improving our own written pieces. We will be borrowing impressive words from the text and using them in our own writing.
We will be exploring written methods for both multiplication and division, meaning that we will have covered all 4 of the key mathematical operations. As these form such an important part of our mathematical progress and understanding, we will continue to practise these daily in our morning calculations.
We will be learning about perimeter and area of shapes and spaces and using our understanding of the 4 key operations to tackle problems around perimeter and area. Whilst using real life examples to understand how this mathematical knowledge will benefit us in the world beyond school.
We will take a similar approach to our learning about money which we will also look at this half term. We will also learn about converting money between pounds and pence and making change. These are more skills that we can utilise outside of school in our everyday lives. Developing an understanding of money will also help us to become responsible citizens, in line with our school intent here at Walworth.
In science we will be learning about materials and their properties. We will investigate practically the properties of different materials and use our findings to justify why certain items are made of the materials they are. We will look at the process of dissolving and the factors that may affect whether something dissolves and the rate at which it does this, before investigating different ways to separate materials, including those that have been dissolved into another. Throughout this time we will conduct a series of investigations for which we will record our results using tables and graphs. We will also learn a selection of scientific terms that can be used when discussing these processes. Our final area of investigation will be around changes in materials and can the changes made be reversed or not.
In history we will be learning about the Vikings. We will begin by placing the Vikings into history and developing and understanding of the historical events that came before, during and after this period in time. We will discover if Terry Deary’s conclusion that the Vikings were ‘vicious’ is correct and will create a series of research questions about the Vikings. During this time we expect to find out about their lifestyles, their day to day lives and their beliefs. We will use a range of primary and secondary sources to make conclusions and will present our findings in a variety of ways.
In PE we will be attending weekly swimming classes and participating in lessons delivered by an external coach. The coach will be teaching us about disability sports, with a focus on the skills needed to play Boccia.
In the build up to Valentine’s day at the end of the half term, art we will be looking at how emotions such are love are depicted in art. We will look specifically at paintings like ‘The Kiss’ and sculptures such as those in the willow tree range. This will link to our PSHE work on emotions during which we will learn to recognise and understand our own emotions better. In music we will learn about ballads, songs that traditionally have love as a central theme. In computing we will look at how different work should be presented depending on its intended audience.
Miss Scott and Miss Horner
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