Our topic this term is:
Is Florence Nightingale a Super Hero?
In the first half term, we are exploring the story Amazing Grace written by Mary Hoffman. We are writing our own story based on Grace’s experience and how her Nanna believes she can do anything if she puts her mind to it. We will continue working hard on using lots of descriptive language, a range of sentence types including simple, complex and compound, as well as using apostrophes for possession and contraction. We will also be writing a biography of Florence Nightingale. We will be using time connectives and starting to develop our understanding of fronted adverbials.
The second half of the term, we will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the different types of grammar we have learnt throughout the year: expanded noun phrases, time connectives, past tense, fronted adverbials, commas for lists, apostrophes for possession, apostrophes for contraction and a range of different types of sentences.
We will produce a sequel to the book Tuesday by David Wiesner and a recount of our trip to Pleasley pit.
We will be exploring a range of concepts in maths. During the term we will look at fractions, time, statistics and position and direction. We will begin by working on fractions. Recognising and finding a half, quarters and thirds of a shape, and an amount of a number. We will be finding equivalent fractions as well as understanding the difference between unit and non-unit fractions.
In work on time, we will be understanding how time is split into intervals of 5 minutes and be able to tell the time to the o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. In statistics we will gather data and present it in different ways.
We will explore how we look after ourselves, what we eat and how to stay clean and healthy. We will also look at how we change as we grow. We will investigate to see if older children have bigger heads.
In our reading lessons we will explore familiar traditional tales. We will use our prediction, inferences and retrieval skills to answer questions. We will then be exploring a range of non-fiction texts on Florence Nightingale. We will be able to identify the features found in non-fiction texts. We will learn how to make direct comparisons to other types of texts and use our sequencing skills to order the events in her life.
In history, we are learning about Florence Nightingale, who she was and how she is significant to us today. We will look at her role in the Crimean War. We will also compare hospitals in Florence Nightingale’s time to present day. In the second half of the term, we will learn about coal mines. We will visit Pleasley Pit and find out how to stay safe when working in a mine.
In Geography, we will be developing our understanding of human and physical features within our local area. We will focus on Pleasley and the changes to the geography over time. We will continue to develop our understanding of maps. By the end of our learning, we will be able to make our own map to Pleasley Pit.
In RE, we are going to be investigating what makes some people inspiring to others. We will consider what makes a leader; thinking carefully about their behaviour, characteristics and the difference they have made. We will make links to the Christian and Jewish faiths and who are considered leaders within their faiths.
In Art, we will be exploring the artist Paul Klee. We will find out who he was and why his paintings are important. We will learn some of the techniques he used before creating our own work based on his paintings.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, we are focusing on cooking and eating healthy. We will learn to use the correct tools safely and how to stay safe when cooking. We will learn how to be hygienic when preparing and cooking food. We will also design, create and evaluate our own healthy dish.
Our Music lessons are based around a friendship song we will learn. During this time, we will use our voices expressively and creatively by singing and playing instruments. We will be listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
In RSHE lessons, we will focus on healthy bodies and healthy minds, along with coping with change. We will also look at equality and inclusion, how we are the same as and different from others. Anti-bullying and how to behave online and face to face will also be a focus.