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

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The children will be developing their understanding of poetry by reading, listening and writing their own poems. They will be applying their phonic knowledge to read rhyming words of more than one syllable. We will look at different types of poetry including humorous poems and tongue twisters. In addition we will be looking at non-fiction writing on the theme of nocturnal animals, finding the features of non-fiction books.


Red Class will be learning about time on the analogue clock, using the terms: o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to, as well as a.m. and p.m. The children will also be adding and subtracting using money and number lines for counting on and back, ordering two digit numbers and finding halves and doubles of numbers up to twelve. We will also continue to find measurements and capacity of everyday objects.


Red Class will be learning about what it means to live in Britain under the topic title ‘We Are Britain’. We will be looking at our own history through our own individual family trees, life in Hawkhurst and anywhere else we have lived or where our ancestors came from. We will be learning about the countries that make up the U.K., their history and landscapes, including mountains and watercourses, both natural and manmade. The children will discover the castles around the British Isles and find out about seaside towns in each of the four countries.


Red Class will be looking at artworks which depict the U.K. to connect with the ‘We Are Britain’ theme. We shall be looking at painters such as J.M. Turner and John Constable together with modern artists work such as Paul Klee’s The Castle and the Sun. We will look at the sculptures of Antony Gormley to inspires their own work using various mediums, including acrylics, pastels and recyclable materials.


Red Class will continue to use computers to present their writing by finding different ways to improve its appearance. The children will learn about programming models and fixing problems as they occur. The children will also be working through a Maths programme to help them with their understanding of both computers and maths concepts.


Red Class will be continuing to look at the classification of animals, recognizing the main features of each animal group including mammals, reptiles and birds. Through observation, the children will identify some local animals and birds and sort these using a tree diagram. The children will carry on investigating the seasons and the different types of weather we have and how it affects the surroundings.


We are following the SEAL programme on ‘Relationships’.
We will be focusing on feelings and relationships between family and friends.
Together we will look at how our actions affect ourselves and others. Why we should care about other people’s feelings and to try to see things from another point of view.
We will learn to recognize our likes and dislikes, what is right and wrong and we are good at.


This term our focus will be on Judaism.
We will be understanding the importance of family and what it means to us.

We will be looking at important people and key symbols, as well as artefacts found at Shabbat and used during worship at home.