KS2 Termly Curriculum Information

Lower Key Stage Two ( Dolphins, Sharks and Sealions)

As Historians we will;

  • Interpret a range of historical sources e.g pictures and video clips, artefacts, accounts.
  • Use different sources of evidence to find out about Boudicca.
  • Investigate the Roman invasion and its effect on Britain.
  • Investigate everyday life in Roman Britain e.g Homes, clothing, food, jobs, culture.
  • Use appropriate historical vocabulary to communicate, including: dates, time period, era ,chronology –create a timeline.

 

As Writers we  will;

  • Write letters as Roman soldiers describing life in Britain.
  • Write descriptive first person accounts of historical events e.g ’ The night that Vesuvius erupted.’
  • Create descriptive Volcano poems.
  • Write a news report describing Pompeii/ Vesuvius.
  • Create a discussion text e.g on Boudicca- Hero or Villain?

As communicators we will;

  • Conduct a discussion on ‘Should the Romans invade Britain?’ Look at positive/ negative aspects.

As Geographers we will;

  • Use maps and atlases to name and locate European countries with a focus on the Roman Empire.
  • Name and locate counties , cities and transport links in the UK with a focus on Roman origins.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of volcanoes- linked to Pompeii.
  • Describe and understand types of settlement and land use- linked to Roman settlements.

 

 

 

 

As Scientists we will;

  • Compare and group rocks and describe the formation of fossils.
  • Identify and name common rock types.
  • Examine the properties of materials using various tests e.g which is the hardest, heaviest, strongest rock?
  • Investigate what happens when rocks are rubbed together and changes that happen in water.

Sound;

  • Identify how sounds are made e.g by investigating a range of musical instruments.
  • Investigate and describe how sound travels.
  • Investigate the relationship between pitch and features of the sound source.

As Mathematicians we will;

  • Learn how to use Roman Numerals.
  • Solve problems involving distances between settlements (SMC Starting Points booklet)
  • Solve multiplication/ division prob’s linked to Roman Army.
  • Sort/ classify shapes and patterns (mosaics) e.g through symmetry, tessellation etc

 

 

 

As Designers and Technicians we will;

  • Explore linkages ,levers and cams in existing products e.g children’s books/toys
  • Make and evaluate a 2D moving volcano model using linkages, levers and cams.

As Artists we will;

  • Learn colour mixing skills by creating a volcano picture.
  • Create Roman style mosaics e.g using paper
  • Develop observational drawing skills by drawing Roman artefacts (Museum in a Box).
  • Develop clay work skills by creating a Roman style vase.

As Musicians we will;

  • Explore rhythmic patterns (Music Exp. Y4 unit1 ‘Play it again’).
  • Apply rhythmic patterns in performance, composition(Music Exp. Y4 unit2 ‘The Class orchestra’)

 

 

 

Upper Key Stage Two (Stingrays, Orcas and Turtles)

During this Autumn term our Upper Key Stage pupils will be working on the following:

Literacy - A real focus on descriptions has been the emphasis in the first few weeks. Also looking at other word classes such as Nouns, verbs and adverbs. We have been encouraging our children to use varied sentence openers and a wider range of punctuation. Their first piece of work has been on creating their own exciting story based on a Viking invasion.

Numeracy - We hit the ground running with place value and multiplying/dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and 0.1 in some instances. Calculations are currently our main focus as we are working through mental and written methods for the children to embed their most effective method that will help them throughout the UKS2 curriculum. Calcualting efficiently with all four operations is a major focus. We shall be working mostly with number, but also incorporationg measures. 

Science - Materials and their properties is the focus for this term. We will be looking at the function and use of materials now and in Saxon times and deciding why materials are used as they are. The vocabulary is becoming more technical, and we shall be using the correct terminology such as absorbency, elascticity, trransparency etc. 

TOPIC

In our Topic work we shall be linking our historical research to our Science, Maths and Literacy.

As writers, we will create character and setting descriptions for our stories. 

We shall as Geographers learn the parts of the world that invaders/ settlers have migrated from in the years after the Romans. We shall study why they came and the reasons for choosing the settlement areas that they did. We will learn how they used the land as farmers and traders.

As Hstorians we shall be researching Britains settlement by the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. We will study the people, their laws and socials customs, as well as their technology. We shall also look at the struggle between these two great peoples as they strove to control Britain.

As Artists we shall examins the myths of the Norsemen and create artwork based on the monsters within.   

 

PE - In our lessons with Embrace PE, we will be preparing for the forthcoming competitions in Basketball, Tag Rugby and Cross Country. Football will also be in the curriculum. In class, Gymnastic skills will be focussed on in class, building on various skills using balance, rolls, jumps and travelling. We shall build core stability and refine movement. 

ICT - Internet Safety has been first on the agenda, as it has high priority in our safeguarding policy, and we hope the children can adhere to the lessons we have covered so far. This is a vital unit of work that children need to be confident on. 

RE - We shall learn how faith is expressed through worship, and later in the term, discover why light is used at Christmas. 

PSHE - We are conducting Sociograms and working on the issues raised in response to these, such as loneliness, resolving conflict and dealing with change. 

French - We will learn sentences including adverb of place and where the adjective comes in a sentence. 

Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Truthfulness'.

In school we will be:

Helping children to explore and understand the concept of truth.

Encouraging all members of the school community to be truthful in their interaction with one another.

Exploring the concept of being true to oneself.

Encouraging children to develop their understanding of the moral choices we are sometimes faced with in life.

Exploring how through Jesus's teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way he means us to live.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.