Once settled back into a new academic year, the children will get back into their normal routines and begin their learning across the curriculum.
In English, we are starting by using an inspirational short film called 'Eye of the Storm' to inspire our writing. During this unit, children will be analysing the emotions and journey made by the main protagonist in the video. This will be used to form class discussions, followed by paired and independent writing across a range of genres, including diary writing, flashbacks, setting descriptions and character descriptions. Children will also be practising new grammatical devices during this unit of work. Later in the term, children will be using a non-fiction text to learn all about Ernest Shackleton and will use this book to inspire their writing.
In maths, children will begin by reinforcing their knowledge of place value, mental and written calculations for the four operations. Children will be further developing their confidence by applying their skills to reasoning and problem solving challenges. Children will also be regularly practising their multiplication skills using 'TT Rockstars' and will also take part in arithmetic sessions each week.
For science, we are starting the year by learning about 'Living Things and their Habitats'. Children will learn about classification of animals, including looking at the work of Carl Linnaeus. Children will study a range of organisms found in the natural world, but will also move on to study microorganisms, completing scientific experiments wherever possible.
Our topic for the autumn term is 'The British Empire and Explorers'. As part of this topic, children will be learning about the monarchs responsible for the development of the British Empire and how this has changed over time. Some of the key people we will be studying include Queen Victoria, Ghandi and William Wilberforce. In addition to this, children will also learn about Ernest Shackleton, polar circles and exploration, as well as studying the effect of climate change on the polar regions.