Green Class – 2015/16 Terms 5 and 6 Topic Overview

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Literacy

The children will investigate the key features of information texts. They will undertake research into an animal before producing their own interesting reports in order to effectively share information.

The children will watch, perform, and read a range of poetry including “Dinosaur Rap” by John Foster and “Cats” by Eleanor Farjeon before writing their own poem in a similar style.

We will consider whether zoos are good or bad and children will look at information to help them decide their own opinion on this matter, beginning with Zoo by Anthony Browne and Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo before moving on to analysing different persuasive writing. Finally they will write to persuade us to be for or against zoos.

Finally we will use David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy and Mr Stink to investigate, read and write humorous stories. Children will exercise their imagination and develop rounded characters as they explore their own humorous style and investigate the distinctive style of other authors. They will investigate dialogue and structure, and organise paragraphs appropriately.

Teaching of the Year 4 objectives for spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation will be woven throughout these units.

Maths

The children will learn to:
• understand place value in numbers up to 5 digits; read, use and compare negative numbers in the context of temperature
• read and write decimals, understanding that these represent parts of numbers
• continue to develop and use effective mental strategies and vertical written methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide; use rounding to estimate answers
• recognise and read Roman numerals to 100; begin to know the history of our number system including 0
• estimate and measure angles
• recognise, name and sort 2D and 3D shapes
• identify line symmetry in 2-D shapes
• measure and calculate perimeters of shapes
• solve number and practical problems with increasingly large numbers

Science

The children will be learning about the human digestive system and will then look at a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. In term 6 they will learn how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They will go on to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things they find in the school environment.

History & Geography

In History the children will build on their knowledge of the Romans to learn about the Roman invasions of Britain, the impact of Roman rule in Britain and its legacy. In Geography they will look at maps and satellite images of the UK and investigate the key features of the British Isles.

Computing

The children will be learning to design and write a programme using sequence, selection and repetition to accomplish a specific goal. They will use computers to research information in their topic work.

PSHE

We will be exploring our feelings towards our family and friends and how we can build good relationships with people who are important to us.

PE

The children will be having swimming lessons and taking part in a variety of outdoor team games and athletics.

Art/ DT

The children will study Roman mosaics, understand why, when and how the Romans created these and their significance in Roman society. Using stick-printing techniques, they will create their own mosaic pictures for a display. In DT they will find out how wheels and axles work and go on to design and make a Roman chariot.

RE

The children will learn about some of the practices, teachings and beliefs of Islam.