Spring Term

In the Spring Term, we begin with an historical study of the ancient civilisation of the Shang Dynasty in China.

This is followed by the first of two scientific studies: the first being classification of plants, animals and microorganism; the second looking at how electric circuits can be affected.

For Commonwealth week, we study Kenya and the Massai tribe.

We finish the term by studying significant figures in Christianity.

As historians, we:

  • investigate the significance of the Shang Dynasty and how it has affected modern life;
  • study a range of primary and secondary sources to find out what we can learn from them and how reliable they are;
  • understand where the Shang Dynasty fits into the larger picture of history;
  • investigate the nature of governments.

As geographers, we:

  • use world maps to locate China and other significant locations from the Shang Dynasty;
  • compare modern day China to Ancient China.

As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in all the areas of maths previously covered, whilst also:

  • practising calculations with positive and negative numbers;
  • interpreting remainders when using short division with 4-digit numbers;
  • multiplying pairs of proper fractions and expressing the answer in its simplest form.
  • dividing fractions by whole numbers and also recognising decimal equivalents of fractions;
  • rounding numbers to different levels of accuracy after having solved different mathematical problems;
  • using knowledge of multiplication and division facts to solve problems involving ratio and proportion;
  • exploring the relationship between the shape and area of shapes; calculating the area of parallelograms and triangles and using all our mathematical skils to solve different measure-based problems;
  • learning about the mathematical properties of circles;
  • calculating and interpreting the mean average of data sets.

As writers, we:

  • write a non-chronological report about Ancient China;
  • write a description of a Massai woman;
  • write a comparison about Kenya and the UK;
  • write a biography about Charles Linneaus.

As readers, we:

  • study non-fiction books about modern and ancient China;
  • read a selection of fiction books set in China;
  • study a variety of texts linked to Kenya;
  • study a range of biographies.

As scientists, we:

  • describe how living things are classified into groups according to observable characteristics and explain why we would classify them;
  • work scientifically to create classification systems to identify some animals and plants.

As artists, we:

  • study and recreate art in the style of Zhen Chu;
  • study and recreate art in the style of Albrecht Dürer.

As responsible citizens, we:

  • find out about how to stay safe on the internet and whilst out and about;
  • learn how to be a good global citizen;
  • recognise the difference between good and bad secrets;
  • learn how to recognise and deal with different feelings;
  • look at strategies on how to think positively.

As theologians, we:

  • revise key aspects of Christianity;
  • learn about significant figures in Christianity (historical and modern).

As computer users, we:

  • continue to learn how to code using algorithms;
  • create data bases and collect data using spreadsheets.

As linguists, we:

  • discuss our likes and dislikes and say what we prefer;
  • ask and answer questions.

As musicians, we:

  • compare how music from China and Africa gets its distinctive sounds from a range of musical elements;
  • explore pentatonic modes and timbre in the case of Chinese music;
  • look at how riffs and rhythms create a typical African feel;
  • have the opportunity to develop our skills on glockenspiel and ukulele.

As sports people, we:

  • will further develop our throwing and catching as well as further develop decision-making. We will analyse examples of good game management and begin to understand how it can have a positive impact on the game.
  • will further develop the fundamental ball skills like dribbling, passing and controlling the ball. We will perform these skills during match-based activities. We will also start to implement tactics into small-sided games and recognise how these game management methods can influence a match.