What we are learning in Autumn 1 Sept-Oct:

This half term our main theme is: To Infinity and Beyond!

The main focus of this theme will be Science and we will be learning all about space. We will be learning about famous astronomers as well as researching key questions such as – How do we know the Earth is approximately spherical? How do the planets move in the solar system? How do we get day and night? And many more!  This theme will also incorporate other areas of the curriculum such as Geography and Art and Design.  

 

We also have a ‘mini theme’ this half-term:

‘Our School Values Week’ in which we will be gaining a deeper understanding of The Big Frieze. Throughout the week we will have a clearer idea of what Emma Yarlett’s Big Frieze depicts and how this links to God’s Big Story. We will then explore our school and Christian values through stories found in the Bible and identify which panel the story belongs to.

 

Mathematics

During Maths this term we will be beginning our unit of work by focusing on number and place value. We will start by reviewing how to read and write numbers up to 1 000 000. We will then be progressing on to representing these numbers using number discs and place value charts. Following this, we will be learning how to compare numbers to 1 000 000 using knowledge of place value in addition to bar model supports to assist. We will end this unit of work by making numbers patterns and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000.

In our next unit of work for this half term, we will be exploring addition and subtraction of numbers to 1 000 000. We will begin by using simple strategies to add and subtract, such as counting on and back. We will then progress further by learning to use multiple key methods such as the column method and using knowledge of number bonds to add and subtract.

Our final unit of work will be focusing on multiplying and diving 3 and 4 digit numbers by single and double digit numbers. In this unit we will be finding and defining multiple and factors, including common factors as well as working with prime numbers and  determining what makes a prime or composite. After this, we will work with square and cube numbers before moving on to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We will be learning a variety of methods for multiplying and dividing including the column methods, grid method and long and short division methods.

In addition to this we will be having shorter maths booster style sessions which will focus on the recovery curriculum of missed mathematical content from Year 4.

We will also have weekly times table sessions and weekly arithmetic tests.

 

English

Our English theme for this term is based around the book 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. During the ‘creating interest’ part of the narrative unit, children will study evacuation during World War II. Short writing opportunities include diaries and persuasive writing. In the reading phase, the children will take part in reading response and reading analysis lessons focussed around the first two chapters of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. Before the ‘gathering content’ section of the narrative unit, children will have the opportunity to create nonchronological reports based around mythical creatures. After that, children will continue to gather content, plan and write an extended narrative based around 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'. The mythical creatures created within the non-chronological report section of this publication will feature as central characters within the children’s narrative stories.

In addition to this, each week we will also be revising and recapping prior grammar objectives, practising our handwriting and having weekly spelling sessions that will support our writing capabilities.  

 

Religious Education

Our RE top this term is 'How and why do Christians read the Bible?’. During this topic, we will be deepening our understanding of the importance and impact of the contents of the Bible. We will be given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Bibles and talk to adults about how and why they use/read it. We will also compare the teaching of the Bible and Christian behaviour as well as making connections between Bible passages and Christian values, attitudes and beliefs. 

We will be investigating the following key questions:

  • How and why is the Bible used?
  • Do you need a Bible to be a Christian?
  • Why is the Bible holy?
  • Why is the Bible a best seller?
  • Why are there so many versions of the Bible?

 

Finally we will end our unit of work by looking at holy books in faiths other than Christianity.

 

Knowledge Organiser Autumn 1

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See our curriculum map and knowledge organiser to find out more…