Autumn Term 2022-23
We will be studying the following units which will be linked with our Discover project concepts: power, loyalty, equality and fear.
- Narrative: Using a variety of texts including: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The pupils will re-write a chapter of this modern-day fairy tale classic. Following on from this, your child will then be writing their own version of Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. This wonderful picture book depicts the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
- Non Fiction: The children will be asked to write in a variety of styles inspired by their detailed project lessons and will be writing in two different genres:
- Diary: Your child will write multiple diary entries from the perspective of a Roman slave (based on the book Roman Diary: the journal of Iliona by Richard Platt).
- Non-chronological report: Following the wealth of knowledge that has been learnt over the term, your children will then produce a fabulous report on any particular aspect of the Roman Empire, including wonderful writing techniques and vocabulary as well as factually accurate historical information.
They will also be asked to develop the following skills in their writing:
- Vocabulary – To become ‘Word Collectors’ and improve their word choices.
- Conjunctions – linking simple sentences to create complex ones in different ways.
- Openers – how to start sentences with adverbs of time and place.
- Punctuation – working towards being able to use capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and commas for lists.
- Handwriting – developing accurate letter formation and positioning and a joined style of writing
- The use of figurative language including: onomatopoeia, alliteration and similes.
We will be teaching the pupils a mastery approach in maths where they will become increasingly fluent in arithmetic challenges as well as focusing on their reasoning and problem solving skills. All of the lessons taught comprise of Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges where pupils will get the opportunity to further deepen their understanding of the areas taught. All pupils will use concrete resources (e.g. counters, base 10, Numicon) as well as pictorial (e.g. drawing representations) and abstract approaches to support their learning. The objectives covered all come from the National Curriculum. This term they include:
Number and place value: Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number; recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones); compare and order numbers up to 1000; identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations; read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words; solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division: Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number; add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones, a three-digit number and tens, a three-digit number and hundreds; add & subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar + and –; add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts; recall & use x and ÷ facts for the 3, 4 and 8 tables; write and calculate statements for x and ÷ using tables they know, including for TU x U using mental and possibly progressing to formal written methods.
Children will carry out a range of activities linked to our Romans (What does it mean to be powerful?) project. They will develop ways of working scientifically through research, pattern spotting, classifying, making models and planning fair tests.
To start with in the first half term, the children will learn about magnetic forces and friction. During the second half term, the children will learn about rocks, soils and fossils. The children will also learn about famous scientists who have studied within these areas.
"What does it mean to be powerful?"
Our project for this term is The Roman Empire. We will be discussing the concept of power and what it is and how it was used within the Roman Empire as well as making links to the wider world we know today. Your children will be discussing and debating what impact power can have on the concepts of loyalty, equality and fear. As good historians, they will be analysing and questioning primary and secondary sources, interpreting bias and constructing timelines of key events including: the beginning of Rome; the Senators and Julius Caesar; Gladiators and the Colosseum; Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii; the Roman army and the invasion of Britain; the impact of the Romans on British civilization and the fall of the Roman Empire.
During our project, pupils will be visited by our local historian, The History Van, who will share wonderful Roman artefacts and share fascinating facts about their daily life. Throughout the project, we will be making links to our project question and analysing where power can be seen in the Roman Empire. We will also be using these concepts to make cross-curricular links in Geography, Art and design, Design Technology, RE and Science. By the end of the autumn term, your child will be a critical-thinking historian who will be able to impart key knowledge to amaze you and all the family!
How can you help your child?
- English homework is project-based. Your child will be given a selection of tasks to choose from. They will be given a longer-period of time to complete these which will be made clear by the team.
- Maths homework will be set on MyMaths on Wednesdays due to be completed by the following Wednesday. The activities set will be related to the skills covered in class and will help to develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in maths. The self-marking homework tasks will give instant feedback. Your child will be given a week to complete the homework task and the class teacher will be able to see, at a glance, all homework and assessment activities completed. You should have received logins for MyMaths this week.
- PE Kit - Please ensure that your child arrives in their PE kit on relevant days. Mrs Earl and Mrs Weston’s class: outdoor PE: Monday; indoor PE: Tuesday. Miss Grogan’s class: indoor PE: Monday; outdoor PE: Thursday. Miss Galloway’s class: outdoor PE: Monday; indoor PE: Thursday. During the winter, your child should wear jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt or similar, for outdoor games.
- Spellings and tables - quick recall and accuracy in these areas benefit your child in many ways. Please keep regularly practising these essential skills with your child. Spellings will be sent by Class Dojo on Thursday and tested the following Thursday. Display trickier words and times table calculations around the house. Times tables will be taught in school using our Tackling Tables cards and online using www.ttrockstars.com Please support your children with their tables as much as possible.
- Reading – we encourage you to sit with and hear your child read as often as possible (a minimum of 10 minutes per night). Please record the date and sign when you hear them read so that we can celebrate their ‘Regular reading’. Your child can read a variety of texts (not just the school book) and record in the reading record.