We’ve got another busy half-term ahead of us in LKS2 but we’re very excited about our learning.
Over this half term, we are going to be using our history topic of the Romans as a stimulus for both letter and narrative writing. We begun the half term reading example letters, unpicking their structures and identifying the differences in language used for formal and informal letters. Over the coming weeks, we shall be writing our own informative letters as if we were a servant in Emperor Constantine’s home. Towards the end of the half term, we shall begin to write a narrative recount of escaping Pompeii, keeping the historical facts accurate but using our imaginations to create our own gripping escape stories.
In year 4, pupils will be learning formal written methods of multiplication and division for 3 digit numbers before being introduced to line graphs and how they are used to measure change over time. Children will also begin to learn learn about mixed number fractions and improper fractions.
Year 3 pupils will also be learning formal methods of multiplication but for 2 digit numbers. Pupils will continue onto chapters teaching mass, length and volume. Through these lessons, pupils will be taught to measure length, volume and mass in different units, to read scales, compare lengths and mass and to convert units of length measurements..
As always, we will also be looking to build in opportunities to develop our maths fluency skills in recalling and applying addition, multiplication and division facts. Any work at home to support children’s times table and division fact knowledge this is always appreciated.
For our science this half term, we will be learning about Electricity. Children will identify common appliances which run on mains electricity or batteries. Children will construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. Through reading and recreating circuit diagrams practically children will learn to identify complete and incomplete circuits. Using their scientific enquiry skills, we will conduct experiments to sort and identify common conductors and insulators.
This half term our History focus will be Roman Britain. In this unit pupils will learn about the Roman empire and the impact it had on Britain. As part of this, pupils will learn about why the Romans came to Britain, if the native Britons welcomed or resisted the Roman Empire and how the Romans had a wide impact on many aspects of British life.
To tie in with our Science work, we will be designing and building electrical systems in Design and Technology this half term. Children will explore making and testing their own switches to include in their torch design.
Over the course of the half term, we will be asking ourselves ‘Why are Gurus at the heart of Sikh belief and of practice?’
We will be diving into the concept of ‘guru’ in Sikhism life as an introduction to Sikh religious belief and practice.
Pufferfish will continue their work with Mr M learning to play the djembe drums.
In Stingrays and Flying Fish, we use Musical Express to guide our Music lessons. The children are going to complete two units this half term, Poetry and Building. In Poetry, children will continue to develop their reading and use of musical notation, be introduced to beat boxing techniques which they will then use as part of poetry performances. In the Building unit, children will learn about how music can be layered and explore combining vocal and body percussion.
All classes over the next half term pupils will be Badminton and Gymnastics. Our Badminton lessons will include the using a badminton racket to control an object, correct forehand grip as well as basic game play. During Gymnastics, children will be using the equipment to continue to develop last half term’s balance and traveling work as well as incorporating rolls, wheeling movements, jumps and mounts.