1066

This term our fantastic new topic to continue the new Cornerstones curriculum is called 1066.

It’s probably the most famous date in English history………..we’re travelling back to 1066.  These are troubled times and there is danger afoot.  A much loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom.

Discover a changing England protected by castles and ruled over by foreign knights.  Use the famous Bayeux tapestry to explore the events of 1066.

Design a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy.  Are you ready for the Norman invasion? Then don your helmets and watch your back!

Maths

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

  • Decimals
  • Money
  • Place value
  • Counting
  • Multiplication consolidation

Literacy including Spelling Punctuation and Grammar

In Literacy we are continuing with our scheme of work using the Power of Reading. We will be studying the book ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. Whilst reading this we will cover a variety of writing techniques including the following:

  • Role Play, drama and Hot seating
  • Diary writing
  • Report writing
  • Poetry
  • Playscripts
  • Stories using a variety of genres

Our GPS skills will focus around:

  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
  • Using conjunctions to extend sentences
  • Past and present tense verbs
  • Standard English
  • Adverbials

Science

This term our science focus is Electricity. In this module they will identify electrical appliances, distinguishing between those which are powered by mains and battery (including those with integral rechargeable batteries) and recognising that electricity can be used to produce light, sound, heat and movement. They will explore the production of light, sound and movement by making simple series circuits with cells, wires, bulbs, buzzers and motors, learning the names of the components. They will work mostly with single components.  Through detailed observation and role play they will be able to describe the flow of electricity round a circuit and give reasons why some circuits do not work. They will then learn to control their circuits with switches. They will test materials, classify them as electrical conductors or insulators and recognise that metals are good electrical conductors and plastics are good electrical insulators. Throughout this module they will learn the safe use of electrical components and the dangers of mains electricity. When working scientifically children will make observations and describe how circuits work using scientific language. They will also communicate using labelled and annotated drawings. Drawings are an important way for children to demonstrate their developing understanding.

Art

In Art we will be looking carefully at sections of the Bayeux Tapestry using print outs of different sections. We will work in groups to decide what a given section shows, relating this to the timelines. We will discuss how it was made and why. We will make drawings of details and sections from the tapestry section build on at a later point in the project.

 Design technology (DT)

We will look at images or reconstructions of helmet designs from the Norman era, finding out what materials they were made from and why. We will explore how the separate sections of a helmet are fitted together and create a Norman helmet with a nose guard.

History

In History the children will create a picture timeline that sequences the events of the year 1066. We will watch animations, documentaries and use information technology to find out what life
was like for village children in Norman times.

Physical education

PE will be taught by an outside agency, focussing on invasion games including netball, rugby and football.

Information Communication Technology

We will investigate whether information found online is true. We will generate a checklist to follow when using the web, including double or triple-checking the same ‘fact’ on trusted websites. We will make a ‘class suggestions’ display of trusted and useful websites that might help with the project.

We will also be using the program Scratch to improve creating and debugging simple algorithms.

French

In French we will continue to to learn numbers, colours, greetings and the names of classroom objects