The children’s Science learning will then move on to focus on light. The children will learn that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will think about the reflection of light from different surfaces. The children will look at shadows including how they are formed and patterns in the way that the size of shadows changes.
Our topic for the Spring term is Invaders! The children will begin their learning journey with their stunning start where they will take part in a Roman workshop. They will learn about battle formations and tactics, what the Romans did for us, handle weapons and equipment and even take part in a mini archaeological dig.
Their topic lessons will begin in 753 BCE with the establishment of Rome. They will consider the expansion of the Roman empire and the reasons behind this before studying the invasions of Britain led by Julius Caesar (55 BCE and 54 BCE) and Claudius (43 BCE). The children will study aspects of the Roman army such as why their armour was so effective and who was able to join the army. They will then move on to look at Hadrian’s wall – why it was built and the advantages and disadvantages of the site.
The children will consider Boudicca’s resistance in the Roman’s invasion of Britain (her story will also be the focus of their literacy lessons for the beginning of this half term) and research other tribes in the UK and the way in which they reacted to the Roman invasions – did they support or resist them? Boudicca will remain the focus for the children to deliberate the reliability of historic evidence. When was it written? Who wrote it? Why did they write it?
The children will then investigate the way that Celtic people lived. They will look at how their settlements were set up, how they used space for living, the facilities that they had and how these things changed when the Romans arrived. Having considered these things, the children will have the opportunity to create their own interpretation of a Celtic settlement.
The focus will then progress to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The children will begin by considering the reasons that they came to Britain and the kind of people that they were (including different social classes and religious groups). Myths and legends such as Beowulf will be introduced here and the children will again be able to consider the reliability of historic evidence.
Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements will then be explored. The children will think about why they chose to settle where they did, what these settlements were like, how they used the land, how that land use has changed today and the challenges that they faced in establishing their settlements.
The children will then examine how much fear was caused by the Viking raids. They will discuss monasteries and why they were good places for raids, the technological skills and seamanship of the Vikings, how far the Vikings had travelled and what the Anglo-Saxons might have been able to do about it. They will then think about how the Anglo-Saxons organised themselves (different Kings, Bretwalda, the emergence of Wessex) and why this was likely to help them against the Vikings. They will also consider whether there are any parallels with racial tension today and make comparisons with modern day events.
This will move into the consideration of whether the Anglo-Saxons or Vikings were more successful. The children will be provided with different evidence which will enable them to come to their own conclusions. They will then look at the differences in the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings – including things such as lives of different groups of people, values and attitudes and laws and justice. They will also think about the importance of religion to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. This will include paganism, the return of Christianity and stories of saints and missionaries.
The children’s history learning will conclude with them using evidence to build a picture of what this area would have been like in the times of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. They will also consider the contributions of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to our lives today and what we have to be thankful to them for.
In Art and Design, the children will be exploring a range of Roman mosaics and the use of them during this period. The children will investigate Roman mosaics, plan and create their own by using paint to print and eventually create their own Roman mosaic in the medium of a coaster.
Although this is a very heavy history based topic, the children will also be exposed to the science curriculum where they will be looking at ‘Forces and Magnets’.
Our topic for the Summer term is ‘Passport to Europe’ The children will begin their learning journey with their stunning start where they will create their own CPS passports and visit/take part in a range of experiences from different European countries. They will cook and taste samples of different foods, listen and dance to traditional music, learn the languages and recognise key landmarks from a selection of European countries.
Their topic lessons will begin with a Geography focus, where they children will compare the United Kingdom to different European countries. The children will use a range of maps, atlases, globes and computer mapping to locate these countries. The children will then identify key physical and human characteristics: as well as; countries, major cities, capital cities and famous landmarks.
We will also look into more detail about the different environmental regions of Europe and discuss environmental conditions such as climate landforms, soil etc.
This topic has a large creative element to it, focusing on the curriculum areas of: Music, Art and Design and Technology. In Music, the children will be exploring, listening and analysing music from different historical periods, genres, styles, cultures and European countries. This starts with looking at Italian Opera and ending up looking at British Punk music. They will compare and contrast the music according to: pitch, tempo and duration.
In Art and Design, the children will be exploring different artists from around Europe, focusing upon and comparing Monet and Picasso. The children will observe a range of their famous work and create similar drawings in the same style. The children will them move onto the painting skill and use a range of different paints to create textures, exploring light and dark shades and using a range of painting tools and techniques.
In D.T, the children will explore a range of European flags and use these ideas to create and sketch their own design – creating a new British flag. Next, the children will select materials and components to make a template of the flag they wish to create. Then they will use textiles to create the flag. They will include them learning the new skill of: cutting and joining fabrics using a running stitch and decorating fabrics by applying beads, sequins and other decorative items.
Although this topics main focus is Geography, the children will also be exposed to other curriculum areas including the science curriculum where they will be looking at ‘Rocks, Fossils and Plants’. In computing, they will be learning about programming and looking into how to create and debug algorithms.