Rowan Class

Welcome to our Rowan Class page. This is where we will share our news and topics for the school year.

Term 4:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be studying explanation texts and in particular, looking at the features of the text ‘The Teacher Pleaser’ in order to write our own explanations.

Maths

We are currently focusing on fractions: finding equivalent fractions; converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions; adding and subtracting fractions; finding fractions of amounts and looking at the link between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Science

With Miss Burrow, the children will be looking at how animals and plants are adapted to the environments in which they live.

With Mrs Gilchrist, the children will be studying Forces.

During this term, we will also have a Science themed week, where we shall carry out various activities relating to simple physics, biology and chemistry.

Humanities

We will be continuing to focus on Geography and the different biomes and climate zones found on Earth and this will link closely with our science work of habitats. We shall be comparing places in terms of their physical and human geography: looking at maps and investigating natural resources, agriculture and patterns of land use.

RE

As a follow up to the RE week from January, we will be looking in more depth at Buddhism.

Design

In design, we will be continuing to look at the history of clocks, how to design products for a purpose, how clock mechanisms work and eventually designing and making our own working clocks. We will link maths to our design as we make accurate measurements and look at how angles are used to create clock faces.

Computing

We shall be linking our ICT to science by creating graphs from our science investigations and looking at how to create a branching database key using hyperlinks in power point.

PE

Some of our children will be taking part in swimming this term. Mr Perry will be focusing on health related fitness through circuit training and we will be also be focusing on gymnastics for our indoor PE.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

In French we shall continue to revise topics as well as be talking about where people live and looking at the words for clothes.

PSHE

In PSHE we will be following the SEAL unit of going for goals.

Term 3:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be looking at the book Flotsam by David Wiesner and using this as a stimulus to help us to write our own stories focusing specifically on character.

Maths

Initially, the focus will be on completing work on area and perimeter. Then, we will look at formal methods for multiplication and division and then we will focus on fractions, decimals and an introduction to percentages.

Science

We continue our work on ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. Following this, we will begin our next topic relating to ‘Living things and their Habitats’.

Humanities

We will be focusing on Geography and the different biomes and climate zones found on Earth and this will link closely with our science work of habitats. Later, we will move to looking at comparing different places in terms of agriculture, physical geography, climate patterns and human geography. We will make links to mathematical concepts through time zones of the world.

RE

We will focus on what Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists believe about the beginnings of life on Earth and compare this to the scientific theory of creation, encouraging children to look at what they believe and why.

Art

In art, we will be looking at the work of the Canadian landscape artist ‘Ted Harrison’; colour mixing and creating our own landscapes using his techniques. This will link with our geographical work at we look at landscapes from different parts of the world.

Design

In design, we will be looking at the history of clocks, how to design products for a purpose, how clock mechanisms work and eventually designing and making our own working clocks. We will link maths to our design as we make accurate measurements and look at how angles are used to create clock faces.

Computing

Our ICT topic is spreadsheets and we will be using a graphing program in order to make comparisons between countries in geography.

Music

Building on previous years’ work.

Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments.

Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments.

Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way.

Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords.

Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music.

Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure .

Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics.

Learning to play the recorder from notation.

Further ukulele skills!

PE

Some of our children will be taking part in swimming this term. Mr Perry will be focusing on skills. and we will be taking part in some short aerobic sessions.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

In French we shall be revising greetings, classroom instructions, number to 30, classroom objects, the alphabet and days of the week before we begin with new content: talking about where people live.

PSHE

We shall be having some mindfulness sessions designed to help children reduce their anxiety levels and we shall be looking at a theme of ‘Getting on and Falling out’.

 

Term 2:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be studying recount texts (both simple and more complex ones such as Newspaper reports) and teaching English and Grammar skills linked to these.

Maths

At first, we will be focusing on statistics and reading line graphs. This will be followed by multiplication and division topics and will culminate in activities of measure, area and perimeter that will consolidate these skills.

Science

Our topic is Evolution and inheritance, where we will be looking at fossils and extinction; how fossils are made; the work of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin and how people in families look similar because of inherited traits. Following this we will be looking at how animals are adapted to the habitats and environments that they live in.

Humanities

Our main focus will be history based on the life of Children during WW2. Looking at the Blitz and evacuation, rationing, the changing role of women at the time, local history and different experiences in different countries.

RE

How do religions help charities? Looking at how different religions show their beliefs by helping others in need.

Art and Design

Our art will link with WW2 looking at the work of Henry Moore. We will concentrate on pencil drawing at first and then move onto painting of shapes using Henry Moore’s techniques and then painting each other in the same style. We shall also be cooking using recipes from war time and making a rag rug for a make do and mend project.

Computing

In computing this term, we shall be looking at programming – how to create games using the Scratch program and thinking about the function of instruction blocks in programming.

Music

Building on previous years’ work. Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments. Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords. Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music. Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure. Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics. Learning to play the recorder from notation. Further ukulele skills!

PE

Mr Perry will be focusing on team games and Miss Burrow will be focusing on increasing stamina and skills with circuit training. Measuring our heart rates during different exercises will link with science and drawing line graphs in maths.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

We shall be learning all about how to describe our families as a link to science and making a family tree, which we will talk about in French. We shall also be looking at Christmas in France.

 

Term1:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be reading Chalk by Bill Thomson and using this as a stimulus to help us to write our own short stories.

Maths

We will be focusing on place value, including comparing, ordering and rounding, looking at numbers up to 1,000,000. Following this, we will be looking at addition and subtraction methods.

Science

Our topic will focus on light. We will be looking at how light travels in straight lines and  investigating the terminology – translucent, transparent, opaque, reflection and refraction.

Humanities

Our main focus will be history based on the life of Children during WW2. Looking at the Blitz and evacuation, rationing, the changing role of women at the time, local history and different experiences in different countries. 

RE

In R.E we will be looking at people of different faiths and how their faith helps them in everyday life.

Art and Design

Our art will link with WW2 looking at the work of Henry Moore. We will concentrate on pencil drawing at first and then move onto painting of shapes using Henry Moore’s techniques and then painting each other in the same style.

Computing

We will begin by recapping e-safety and then we will move onto developing our word processing skills. 

Music

Building on previous years’ work. Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments. Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords. Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music. Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure. Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics. Learning to play the recorder from notation. Further ukulele skills!

PE

Mr Perry will be teaching invasion games including Hockey. Miss Burrow will be teaching the gymnastics unit flight from the Val Sabin scheme of work

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

We shall be learning the words for classroom objects, clothes, days of the week and numbers and creating simple sentences using singular and plural forms and listening to songs and stories.