Our topic for the Autumn term is 'Sand V Stone'. It focuses on different areas of history that happened at the same time, The Stone Age and The Egyptians. The main focus of the topic is to answer the question, ‘How was life different during The Stone Age and The Egyptians?’
In Science, children will focus their learning on electricity and sound. Children will learn about the difference between mains electricity and battery electricity and look at appliances that use electricity. They will then learn about circuits and symbols to represent circuits as well as how electricity travels through a circuit. Children will be encouraged to use this knowledge to know whether a circuit is complete or incomplete and whether it will light a bulb or not. They will then conduct a scientific experiment to discover which everyday materials are insulators or conductors. The children will then learn about how different instruments produce sounds by vibrating before learning about how these vibrations travel through the air into the ear and the information is sent to the brain. The children will also learn about pitch and volume and how instruments are made so that these can change depending on how the instrument is played, to see this first-hand the children will create their own set of panpipes to explore how they can change the pitch and volume of the sound made.
The children will be using their Science learning about circuits and switches to help them make their own torch in DT. Finally in art, children will be comparing different types of art from the two periods in History. They will be looking at the colours used and how the art was created. Children will be learning about the importance of lines in their art before learning how to overlap the lines to create a more interesting picture. The children will also learn about the primary colours and how to mix these to create secondary and tertiary colours, so that they can create the correct colours from their time period on the art they will create, which will be in the style of either Ancient Egyptian art or Stone Age art.
During our Bem-Vindo Brazil topic, children will take part in geography learning. They will first look at the continents of the world before using google maps to locate areas of similar environmental regions such as desert areas, tundra or tropical areas of the world. The children will then learn about the Equator and how this separate the different hemispheres of the world into the Northern and Southern hemisphere, they will also learn about how different regions of the worlds have different climates depending on how close or how far they are to the Equator. The children will use this knowledge to become weather forecasters and discuss what they think the weather and climate of Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest would be. In Geography, the children will also be looking at human affects on geography and looking at how deforestation of the rainforest affects the environment and the animals that live in it.
Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, The Little Train of the Caipira)