Our topic this term (Fragile Planet) is very much in the news and I know is something on which many of the children have strong views. We will begin by looking at our planet and becoming more familiar with its different climatic regions.
During the term, we plan to develop our understanding of environmental issues and also to hone our critical thinking skills by looking at the evidence both for and against climate change. It should prove to be interesting and give many opportunities for developing discussion.
If your child is secure in their timestables recall, this will help build firm foundations as the complexity of the curriculum increases over the years.Please note the Government's Multiplication Tables Check was cancelled due to Covid 19. This was to test children on their knowledge of multiplication facts. The National Curriculum expectations is that by the end of Year Four, children are fluent in their recall of all multiplication facts up to 12x12.
Alongside their weekly Mathletics and tackling tables exercises, this website has a number of games that can also help the children embed their multiplication facts.
This term we will be exploring a cross curricular topic, with a science D&T focus which allows us to look at present day advances in technology that affect our lives today and in the future. We will be learning about inspiring innovators and inventors. As well as looking at their many achievements, we will be considering how they dealt with pitfalls and difficulties. We will be able to reflect on their resilience and use some of their behaviours in our own work. This will tie in with work in PSHE, where we will be learning about how we can develop a growth mindset. This will also link with biographies in English.
We will be visiting Silverstone Racing Circuit (home of the British Grand Prix) to help engage the children with real life applications of STEM subjects in the most exhilarating, immersive and interactive way.
For the first few weeks of term, we are concentrating the arrival of the Vikings and their impact on the inhabitants of England.
We are improving our speaking and listening through creating our own news podcast called: Steeple Morden Primary News. You can find this on most well known podcast apps, such as Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. We are working on incorporating some of our science work on sound into the next podcast.
In our maths we are focusing on applying our reasoning skills, which we can use to explain how we know an answer is correct or incorrect. We will be encouraging the correct use of mathematical vocabulary, with words such as: approximate, a rounded number, estimate, count on, column addition, increase and more than.
In English this term we are going to be looking at how authors develop character in their writing. We will be looking at the details that are included about a character’s appearance, their actions and what they say. This will involve some close reading of text.
Leading up to Christmas we will be revisiting instruction writing and rehearsing for the KS2 Christmas Service, which will take place twice: once during the school day in school and later on in the evening in church.