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Autumn Term – Sand V Stone


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?’ We will be comparing key events between The Ancient Egyptians and The Stone age, using a timeline. We will also compare how they provided food so either hunter-gatherer vs farming, mythology and religion (Stonehenge, pyramids, jewellery, Tutankhamen) and their ways of life (Celts/Iron Age fort/Life on the Nile).


Alongside this historical study, we will also be studying different types of art from this period of history. For example, compare and create cave paintings with hieroglyphics, create self-portraits in the style of the ancient Egyptians and Stone Age using different materials.


In music, we will hopefully have the chance to play instruments that were known to have existed in Ancient Egypt such as lyres, harps, flutes, drums and cymbals. For Stone Age music, we will create music with rocks, stones and sticks.


Finally, we will continue with our Science learning (which will appear in all our topics) and focus on electricity. We will carry out many investigations looking at creating a simple and series circuits and recognising complete/incomplete circuit linked to output e.g bulb. We will then test different materials if they are conductors or insulators.


Spring Term – Bazaar Brazil!


Our topic for this term is Bazaar Brazil. The focus of the topic is on Brazil and everything to do with it, including the rainforest. We will be looking specifically at geography, DT, science and music. Our geography lessons begin with understanding the world as a whole, getting to know the different continents, oceans and seas before finding where Brazil is. We will then focus on rainforests and answer the question ‘why are rainforests near the equator?’ We will then look into the human and physical geography of Brazil and compare this with Cornwall.


Following this, in music the children will be looking closely at a Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. They will be diving into a piece which he composed all about a train travelling through the Brazilian countryside. The children will then learn about how to speed up and slow down a song, keeping a steady beat and syncopation, which gives the train sounds. We will then create our own train piece as a class.


Alongside music and geography, the children will be looking at all living things in science. They will be considering the different species found in the Amazon rainforest. We will look into why certain animals live in certain areas of the rainforest as well as understanding the main groups that we can classify animals. We will also learn how a change in environment can threaten life, which is predominant in Brazil with deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.


Finally, the children will be carrying out a DT project where they will be creating their own minibeast bean bag. To create this, they will be learning about different materials as well as learning new sewing skills. For example, the cross stich and understanding when they might use it. They will then think about different designs before deciding on their final design.


During ‘Bazaar Brazil’, there will hopefully be a trip to the Eden Project to become a rainforest ranger. Finally at the end, we should be able to have our own Callington Carnival.



Summer term – What’s the Matter?


Our topic for the summer term is a science based topic called ‘What’s the Matter?’ where we will be focusing on the different states of matter. Throughout the science topic, we will be able to take part in many different investigations, where the children will be able to work scientifically to plan, observe and create conclusions. Some of these may include creating an investigation about the gas in fizzy drinks to understanding how water can present itself as all 3 states of matter. We will be learning about evaporation and condensation.


As well as science, there will also be a focus on geography where we will hopefully do some fieldwork, getting the children to plan their own geographical investigation. They will learn how to design their own questions as well as undertaking surveys, recording their data and drawing conclusions. We will also learn how to identify features on a map and how to use a grid reference.


Alongside this, we will pushing our painting skills in art and experiment with colour, especially primary colours. We will also learn about complementary colours. To do this we plan on looking into an artist which uses both primary colours and complementary colours.


In DT, children will design and make a kite, looking at materials, structure, framework and how to strengthen it.


Finally, the children will be pushing their computing skills by programming using scratch. They will have the chance to solve problems, do testing, have a go at debugging, think about how to improve and evaluate at the end.