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.
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.