Learning this half term in class 2:
The theme of this half term’s learning is ‘Crime Through Time!
This half term we will be immersing ourselves in the story of Robin Hood. We will use the theme to write persuasive letters, both formal and informal, in the role of characters from the legend. We will then create an instructional guide on how to be an outlaw.
Each Monday your child will be given a new list of ten words to learn. There are three words from the list of words your child is expected to spell and another seven words from the weekly pattern. They will be tested on Friday. The objectives that will be covered this term are:
Children will be given opportunities to develop their reading as part of their English lessons.
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In maths we will be learning about:
All aspects will be taught in line with the new curriculum with an increased focus on reasoning and problem solving, as well as teaching mental and written methods and strategies.
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History – This Crime and Punishment unit will teach your child to develop their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 through studying this aspect of social history. The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. The final lesson allows the children to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt in this unit, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past. Their learning will also be supported by a school trip to the National Justice Museum.
Science – Children will learn about what electricity is and how it was discovered. They will identify which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. Children will construct circuits, start to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.
PE-/Games – Striking and fielding games.
RE – What can be learnt from a Muslim way of life?
French – What is the weather like? In this unit children learn weather phrases and use negative numbers. Aesop’s fable Le Vent et le Soleil (The Wind and the Sun) is used. Children learn the names of common articles of clothing and relate these to the weather. They learn to say the date and to write and say telephone numbers.
DT – children will design, make and evaluate a burglar alarm to protect their favourite teddy. This unit will build on their knowledge of electrical circuits.
Computing – children will be learning how to collect and store information involving more than two variables. They will use a database to answer simple questions by sorting and finding the top or bottom and searching in a single field.
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Birch children will be given one piece of English and one piece of maths work that will either develop or consolidate our learning in class. They should spend at least 20-30 minutes completing it to the best of their ability. They will also get a longer project linked to our topic, which will be due in during the last week of term. They could spend a little bit of time each week, or complete the whole project in one week. Completed work should be handed in every Wednesday morning and their book will be returned on the same day.