Mighty Metals

This term our exciting new topic is ‘Mighty Metals’. We start with a memorable afternoon visiting a local park, exploring forces in action and the materials that are used to build playground equipment. The topic links through to all curriculum areas. An overview of Maths and Literacy skills that will be covered can be found below. Please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher for any further information.

Literacy

In literacy the children are going to be learning about how to create reports and explanations. They will learn how to analyse a text, how to construct justified opinions and present facts in a structured way. At the end of this Literacy learning they will plan and draft their very own report and explanation text linked to their topic learning.

Our grammar, punctuation and spelling learning will focus on the following skills:

  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
  • Punctuation review
  • Consonants and vowels
  • Past and present tense verbs
  • Apostrophes for possession

Maths

In Maths this term children will focus our learning on the following skills:

  • Place value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Problem solving

Mighty Metals!

In topic this term your child will become an engineer; a scientist and a maker of men (iron men, of course).

They will explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. They will test, trial, build and move. They will learn which force is at play when you slide down a slide or swing on a swing. They will learn to explain why magnets repel or attract. They will learn how to make pennies look as good as new and how to construct a steel band from pots and pan.

Then, they will apply all of their new skills to our challenge. We need to construct our very own Ironman. He needs to be strong, sturdy and ready to rumble!

This topic will cover the following curriculum areas;

Science

The learning will focus on forces, magnets and materials. We will also learn about building electrical circuits.

Geography

We will be looking at playgrounds and parks in the local area and applying our science understanding to explain the mechanics of the equipment that are found in these park.

Design Technology

We will again be applying our scientific skills in this subject area to design and make a robot.

Computing

We will be learning about databases and how to present data.

French

In French we will begin to learn numbers, colours and greetings.