Skylarks Curriculum

Spring Term 2017 Curriculum Statement for Skylarks class

Topics: Romans (Spring 1) & World countries, physical and human geography (Spring 2)

English - We are learning about list poems and nonsense poetry and their conventions. This will also include using imagery to make our own poems even better. We will follow this by writing a variety of text types around our topic for the term (Romans). In grammar we will study sentence construction and work out how to make sentences more interesting through the use of powerful verbs, adjectives, adverbs and adverbial phrases. The children also need to ensure that they develop the range of conjunctions that they use, including: when, if, because, although. This will help them to vary the length and construction of their sentences. Reading comprehension exercises will continue similarly to last term as we now read for inference as well as recalling what is actually written in the text.

Mathematics – This term we will be learning how to use Roman numerals, which links to our history topic. Additionally, we will be learning about negative numbers and solving problems involving them. The topic of weather and temperature is a useful real-life example to help explain this to your children. We will draw and interpret discrete and continuous data, using graphs, pictograms and tables. Time is another area that we will cover, using analogue and digital clocks and solving questions involving time. We will continue to find equivalent fractions, before finding their decimal equivalents and converting between the two. Children will learn to add and subtract fractions, and find fractions of amounts. Missing number problems will be tackled, which form the foundations of basic algebra. The geometrical topics of angles and shape will also be taught, helping children to identify acute, obtuse and right angles.

Science – The science topic this half-term is light. Natural and manmade light sources will be studied, as will nocturnal animals with adaptations to cope without light. We will investigate the Sun’s light, and learn the scientific terminology that relates to how light reacts in water and when it hits a reflective surface. Using practical investigations, we will also work out how light beams travel. After half-term we will explore the topic of forces and magnetism, again through the use of practical experimentation to learn about how forces can either attract or repel each other.

Computing – The children will cover debugging with Mrs Ashman this term (which the children will know means ‘fixing a problem’). Scratch and Python are the two main programs that will be used to do this.

Music/RE – We will learn how spirituality and religious ideas can be expressed through music and art.

PSHE – Building Healthy Bodies: Years 3 and 4 will be exploring and developing the skills that are required to form and maintain healthy bodies, including nutrition and looking after themselves.

P.E – This term the children will learn invasion game skills and will also do gymnastics lessons. The competitive games will focus on communication and teamwork as well as ball skills, footwork, passing and handling.

History – Our topic for this half-term is the Roman settlement of Britain. We will investigate life in Britain before the Romans, the impact of Roman inventions and Roman rule, and the Roman Empire as a whole.

Art – This term some of history’s great artists will be studied, and children will attempt to imitate the styles of artists, such as Picasso and Warhol, using a number of different artistic techniques.

DT – Understanding seasonality. The children will be learning about culture, industry, agriculture and health whilst creating foods.

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