Our topic for the first half of the Spring term will be The Romans in Britain. Then we will study The Ancient Greeks after half term.
History and Geography
The children will gain an overview of the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain, including its lasting legacy. They will consider how different historical sources help us to know about Roman Britain and research what it might have been like to live in Britain during this period.
As a class, we will study UK countries and cities. We will work on understanding that many different peoples have settled in Britain and shaped the culture and language we have today. The children will examine the Primary Sources and study the clothes, customs and traditions of society at this time.
Geography lessons will include a study of key aspects of human geography. Pupils will explore an Iron Age tribal map and consider how the geography affects invasion strategies. Then pupils will become Roman 'spies', reporting on key aspects of the culture, landscape and lifestyle of Iron Age Britain.
In our Maths work we will be concentrating on efficient multiplication strategies and division at first. This will include column multiplication and division. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. We will use pictorial diagrams to help us visualise solutions and approach problems creatively. We will then move onto looking at fractions and decimals later in the term. All of us will be rocking out and competing to get the best guitars and gear on Times Table Rockstars or build our robots on Numbots.
English and Spelling
In English we will be finishing off our unit on the book 'Leon and the Place between', using drama to help us with ideas for our writing. The children will get the chance to write their own fantasy story. We will continue to practise the use of commas, speech marks and apostrophes in contractions and to show possession. After our unit finishes on 'Leon and the Place Betwen' we will begin to use 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit to inspire writing. There will be an in depth look at homophones this term. Additionally, we will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words. The children will continue to look at common spelling patterns and practise them in their tasks.
The children will continue their guided reading work following our class book 'The train to impossibles places' by P. G. Bell. We will work on inference and understanding. We will then be studying a non-fiction text — a DK find out book about Volcanoes.
Science this term will focus on animals and humans. We will construct and interpret a variety of food chains. The children will be able to identify producers, predators and prey. We will be looking at recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment. The children will also study the human digestive system! We will be also be finishing our topic on electricity.
In R.E. we will be thinking about why some people take pilgrimages and what occasions in people's lives are significant and why. Additionally, we will explore what we can learn about Easter from the arts. We will then choose an open-ended enquiry to answer: Is happiness the purpose of life? If not, what is the purpose of life? Can religion help people find peace? How does a religion influence a person's beliefs?
In P.E. we will be working on hockey and football. We will also be focussing on improving flexibility in gymnastics.
Art, Design and Technology and Music
In Art and Design the Children will create their own Roman shields out of cardboard. The use of collage will be practised and used to create a collage of Roman architecture. We will practise the use of watercolour washes and each child will get to paint themselves as a Warrior. The children will learn about the different houses found in Roman Britain with a focus on floor mosaics. Pupils will then design their own floor mosaic fit for a wealthy Roman villa. In DT, the children will make their own aqueduct model and test it out with running water. Potentially, we will also build a model Roman Villa with hypocaust (underfloor heating). In music we will identify how music creates effect for the listener by linking Art and Music. We will identify how musical effects are created and describe them. The class will continue their singfest rehearsals as we move closer to the performance!