In the Swan Class

Term 4 Week 1 26/02/21

This term the Swans will  be doing the topic ‘We Are Britain’, focussing on the culture, values and diversity which make us brilliantly British.  We will make a whirlwind tour of Britain looking into the geographical features and landmarks of each country.  We will make a timeline of British history, exploring the way in which Britain has been ruled and learning about the role of parliament and monarchy in governing our country.

There will be plenty of opportunity for enthusiastic engineers in DT this term.  Taking inspiration from famous British bridges, we will be learning about different bridge structures and designing, building and testing our own bridges.

In music this term we will be learning about British folk music, particularly sea shanties.  We will explore structure, harmony and improvisation within the songs and create our own Southrop shanty!

As we approach Easter, RE this term will consider the events of holy Week, why Jesus’s sacrifice is so important to Christians and how we can be inspired to make sacrifices for others in our own lives.  In PSCHE this term we will be learning how to keep ourselves safe in difficult situations, telling people if we feel uncomfortable and learning when we need to ask for help.

In Maths the Yr 3/4s will be continuing to learn about fractions, including fractions of an amount and adding and subtracting fractions.  We will then move onto tenths and hundreds and learning about decimals.  Yr 5/6 will be finishing their learning about algebra and then moving onto perimeter and area, including the area of triangles.

Term 3 Week 1 08/01/21

We are all enjoying our new topic, Amazing Africa. In school the Swan children participate with the Cygnets on the topic and related music and art work. As well as comparing how life is similar and different to life in the UK, they have been learning about the great changes that came about through the work of Nelson Mandela. They have also been making 3D animal masks out of card and modroc and creating African drumming rhythms. We have spare modroc in school for any home learners who would like some – please let Mrs McLellan know.  For English, Y3&4 have been looking at traditional tales with a modern twist, such as Daft Jack and the Bean Stack, and have moved on to Tinga Tales, which are an African version of the Just So Stories. Y5&6 have been reading and writing fantastical myths and legends. They have now moved on to the unabridged versions of the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. In Maths Y3&4 have been working industriously on the mental and then written methods for multiplication. They are now going on to measures. Y5&6 have been getting to grips with fractions, decimals and percentages and have happily found that they are not as tricky as some people make out! For RE we are studying “How festivals and worship show what matters to Muslims”.

Term 2 Week 5 04/12/20

The Y3&4s have done some fabulous explanation writing on the topic of Weather, and explaining some of the weather phenomena is a lot trickier than you might think. They are now enjoying writing letter based around The Jolly Postman and the Father Christmas letters, sent by FC to JRR Tolkien’s children. They have also chosen a favourite author or personality to send a letter to, so we will be looking forward to some replies arriving in the New Year. The Y5&6 have been enjoying The Midnight Fox and it inspired them to carry out a debate on the merits of fox hunting, which they presented to the Y3&4s – the conclusion was that “this house believe fox hunting should not be allowed”.  In Art we have been exploring watercolour techniques and using them in weather pictures in the style of JMW Turner:

 

Term 2 Week 1 07/11/20

Our topic this term is Weather. The children will be researching different types of weather and carrying out a weather investigation. You might want to take a look at these websites to find out some interesting facts: https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather In English Y3 & 4 are developing explanation texts and will be using these skills to explain various types of weather, as well as some weird and wacky inventions. Y5&6 are learning how to write a balanced argument about a range of topics, such as the value of school uniform and mobile phones. They will then go on to a range of writing based around the book Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars. In Maths Y3&4 are covering multiplication, division, perimeter and area and Y5&6 factors, multiples, square and cube numbers and the order of operations. In RE we are learning about the Holy Trinity. Art will look at the work of Turner and the use of watercolours, plus an exciting project to create a piece of 3D art “A Storm in a Teacup”. For PE we will be doing Hockey.

Term 1 Week 6 09/10/20

The Year 5 and 6s have been working on some very authoritative information texts about mountain ranges.  This week they went on to produce some promotional brochures for their particular range.  Please see Jack and Isaac's examples below. 

Having finished their rocks information texts the Year 3 and 4s have now moved onto newspaper articles and hope to have a newspaper ready to send out to you later this term.

In maths Year 3 and 4 have become very confident with place value and the written method for addition.  THey are just building thier confidence using Roman numerals.  Year 5 and 6 are revising the written method for multiplication adn are starting to multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers.  Happily most of them are very confident with their times tables which really helps. 

In PE we have been using backwards rugby passes. We were unable to do our cricket outside last week but enjoyed a video about cricketers who have overcome physical challenges to keep on competing, which was inspiring. 

Everyone has been enjoying the topic work.  On Thursday the Cygnets joined us in the playground to witness some of the volcanoes we made in D&T erupting.  Hopefully the rain will keep off long enough for everyone to get a turn next week. 

Mrs McLellan

Week 2 10/9/20

Our topic this term is The Power of the Earth, learning about volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes. In English we have started off performing, learning and writing poetry and will go on to non-fiction texts and newspaper articles, linked to our study of Pompeii. In Maths we start by looking at place value in numbers and will go on to Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. Science for the Year 3&4s is Rocks and Soil and for the Y5&6s Electricity. In RE we consider For Christians, What Kind of King is Jesus? We will be studying the Japanese artist Hokusai focussing on the effect of colour in a picture and how to distinguish between foreground, middle and background in Art. For D&T the children will be creating erupting volcanoes using pneumatic systems!  In Music we will be learning using a piece called Earth by Hans Zimmer, who has composed scores for over 150 films.