Our final topic this year is ‘Going for Gold’. This is based on learning around the Summer 2021 Olympics due to be held in Tokyo.
The children will produce writing linked to books they are reading in their Read Write Inc. groups. They will write for a range of purposes, plan their work and learn to make careful additions and revisions to what they have already written.
Children will continue to revisit learning of the four operations, resuming with work on division before starting to look at fractions. We will then revisit learning on time and measure. We will also continue to develop our fluency and mental maths skills, working on quick recall of key facts and using these to help us with other calculations.
We will revisit learning about ‘Plants’ this term, with a specific focus on working scientifically. Children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will also find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
Our geography focus will be looking at the host country of the 2021 Olympics, Japan. Children will locate Japan on a world map, looking at its human and physical features and learning about the amazing technology that has been developed there.
Children will learn about the history of the Olympics with a focus on London 2012 and associated significant individuals.
Naoshima Island, also known as ‘Art Island’ in Japan, will be the focus of our art this half term. Children will look at the art on display around the island, carefully observing the range of art and design techniques used. We will look at work by Tadao Ando and Yayoi Kasuma to design and create our own Naoshima sculpture, using clay.
To continue our Japanese theme, children will be listening and responding to Japanese music. We will then look at previous Olympic opening ceremony music to create our own musical score for the opening ceremony, using percussion instruments.
In PSHE, our topic is ‘Medicines and Me’. We will learn about why medicines are taken, where they come from, keeping safe around medicines and looking at asthma and how it can affect people.
Children will cover two computing units this half term. First, we will be ‘presenting ideas’. Children will learn to use a range of programs to present in different ways, including making quizzes, mind maps, e-books and fact files.
In our next unit, we will be making music. Using 2Sequence, children will be introduced to making music digitally, exploring harmony and building their own musical scores.
Over the half term, children will master basic movements, including running, jumping, throwing and catching to apply them to a range of athletics activities. At the end of the half term, KS1 will hold their own Olympics.