Mr Payne's Class 2020/21
Autumn Term 1
Mr Payne's Class 2020/21
Autumn Term 1
The Wizard of Oz
This term, we will be using The Wizard of Oz as inspiration for a variety of writing opportunities including: newspaper reports, narratives and letters.
In science, we will be looking at the circulatory system and how our heart work.
Autumn Term 2
This term, our learning will be cantered around the theme: This is me! We will be focusing on the brilliant text Wonder by RJ Palacio to inspire and fuel a number of writing opportunities: diary entries, non-chronological reports and formal letters.
In maths, we will be moving on from our hard work on the four operations and focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
In science, we will be moving on to the topic: Living things and their habitats. We will describe how living things (plants, micro-organisms and animals) can be classified into groups using observable characteristics.
In French, we will be focusing on ‘Moi Dans Le Monde’ – Me in the world. We will be listening to songs and stories, performing role plays and practising writing and speaking about ourselves and the world.
In geography, we will be undertaking a fieldwork study of the local Lightmoor area. We will look at land use within Lightmoor and compare and contrast to other places. We will complete a traffic survey and tally the types of vehicle and compare with a survey from a different time of the day. We will present this data using graphs or charts and ask questions about the traffic of the local area.
Spring 1 & 2 - 2021
This half-term we are having a Geography focus. We are finding out all about the Earth's extremes, from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering tsunamis. We will consider how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. We will also explore how the water cycle works, thinking about why some areas of the world get more rainfall than others.
In Science, we are learning about the adaptations of animals and plants that live in extreme environments, such as deserts or Polar Regions. We are going to explore condensation and evaporation to link to what we are learning about the water cycle.
We will have lots of fun in art. We have already created 'Twister Pictures', exploring tornadoes and their effects and learning how to use line, shape and shading to create colourful tornado pictures. We will also cut out our own discs of coloured paper to create a 3D tornado mobile.
We will be making clay sculptures of animals that live in extreme conditions on earth, e.g. polar bears, penguins and camels.
Also, we will be studying Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ - Exploring ‘The Great Wave’ and how it was created using block prints. We will be exploring how woodblock prints are created today, recreating ‘The Great Wave’ in a variety of ways and using a variety of media.
Summer Term 1
Why do people move countries?
This half-term we will be identifying, describing and discussing similarities between two texts:
The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan ‘The Island’ by Armin Greder
In history, we will study an aspect in British history that extends the pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. We will consider the issues surrounding immigration in the UK from 1948 before moving onto how life in Britain has changed since this time.
In Art, we will be looking at the street art movement which originated in the 1980s. We will look at how graffiti was first used for advertising before studying how it can be used satirically and politically through looking at Banksy pieces. Throughout, we will be debating whether it is truly art or vandalism or perhaps both.
Summer Term 2
Golden Age or Dark Age?
This half-term, we will be taking inspiration from our text (Wild Boy by Robert Lloyd-Jones) to write character descriptions, balanced arguments and persuasive wanted posters.
The fantastic story of Wild Boy follows the life of a Victorian child who looks different and thus treated badly. However, although his life in the circus is horrible, he has developed a unique skill of observation through looking at the people at his shows.
In history, we will study an aspect in British history that extends the pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. We will study many aspects of Victorian Britain: Queen Victoria and the wicked workhouses to name a few. All of the lessons will help us answer our arching enquiry question: Was the Victorian Era considered to be a golden age or a dark age?
Linked to our Victorian topic, we will be learning about electricity in Science this half-term. The children will learn to use recognised symbols to represent simple circuits in diagrams and associate the brightness of a lamp or loudness of a buzzer with the voltage of cells in a circuit.