This term our exciting new topic to introduce the new curriculum is ‘Frozen Kingdom.’
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
In Literacy we will be reading ‘The Kingdom Revealed’. Beautiful, touching and surprising, The Kingdom Revealed is about appreciating the everyday and learning what matters most. During this unit we will learn to read and discuss a book that contrasts two opposing lifestyles and questions the concept of how one should judge wealth, appreciate how a character changes through the course of a story, progressively build a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures and we will continue to assess the effectiveness of our own and others’ writing and suggest improvements.
In Maths we will continue to use Effective Maths to learn multiplication and division. We will continue to practise the formal written methods for increasingly large numbers. We will also learn the properties of numbers including multiples, factors, prime numbers, square and cube numbers.
In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
Art and Design
In art and design we will be creating our own Inuit gallery. We will discover the artwork of the Inuit, the Arctic’s indigenous people. We will find examples of Inuit prints and carvings of birds, sea mammals, polar bears, seals, caribou and wolves. We will use Brusho dyes to create paintings of the Northern Lights, experimenting with different ways of application.
In Geography we will be using globes and atlases to find and name both polar regions and other significant geographical features of the world. We will work in ‘research teams’ to identify the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctic.
In History we will find out what conditions were like aboard the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic, describing how the accommodation differed for rich and poor passengers. We imagine we are one of the passengers setting off for a new life in America. We will write a wireless telegraph to someone t home describing out experiences, hopes and fears.
In computing we will prepare a multimedia presentation of Arctic phenomina. We will search for photographs and images and we will learn how to add sound effects and transitions.
In PE we will be taking part in orienteering challenges, following directions to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a map. We will work in teams to decide the route most likely to help beat the other explorers. Who will place their flag at the ‘summit’ first?