Our first book this half-term is 'Suffragettes: The Battle for Equality' by David Roberts. We are going to be learning about the history of the Suffragettes: who they were, what they were fighting for and then using this learning in our English lessons to write persuasive letters, speeches and newspaper articles. We are also going to look at foods the suffragettes would regularly eat and create a meal ourselves based off this.
Our second book is 'The Lost Thing' by Shaun Tan. We will be delving into this story (and accompanying short film) to help us create our own lost things and write a story about them. Through this, we will be looking at the themes of 'belonging' and 'homes' in our PHSE lessons.
In Science, our topic is: Living Things and Their Habitats. We will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals. We will also be learning how to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
In art, we are going to be looking at the work of Frida Kahlo. We will be focusing on her famous piece: 'The Frame'. From this, we will be creating our own self-portraits with frames that depict our personality. Spring Term 2 - Year 5/6 Our first book this half-term is 'Boy in the Tower' by Polly Ho-Yen. We our going to be using this book for our writing and reading lessons. We will be exploring the themes of the books and using the ideas to create our own stories. Our second book is 'The Tempest' by Shakespeare. During this sequence, children have the chance to explore the themes, ideas and characters in the play, as well as writing opportunities, such as character descriptions and comparisons, scene/setting descriptions and diary entries. They also explore the conventions of writing play-scripts, including (characterisation through) dialogue, stage directions and how to convey action, as well as some Shakespearean conventions, such as the iambic pentameter. The sequence culminates in children having the opportunity to write their own ‘tempest’ story to be read or performed.
In Science, our topic is: Evolution and inheritance. The children will be learning to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will also recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. Finally, they will be identifying how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
Our Geography learning will be linked to both our books over the half-term. We will be looking at the changes that are happening to our world and the extreme weather this is causing. The children will be describing and understanding key aspects of physical geography and human geography. We will also be undertaken some fieldwork in the local area in which the children will observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.
In Music, children will be learning to: improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music, listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory and use and understand staff and other musical notations
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