Happy New Year everyone!
I am are very excited to teach Dolphins and get started with lots of exciting learning this term!
Our topic this term is ‘The Ancient Greeks' and we have some exciting learning planned. We will look at different historical sources including pottery remains, artefacts, paintings and mosaics to find out about life in Ancient Greece and use maps, timelines and text to find out about important events during the Ancient Greek era. We will learn about the lifestyles of men, women and slaves living in Athens (a democratic state) in Ancient Greek times and comparing this with the contrast of living in Sparta. We will also be finding out the impact that the Ancient Greeks have on the way we live our lives today- including researching famous Ancient Greeks including inventors, mathematicians, story tellers and leaders.
In Art, we will be looking at traditional Greek patterns- sketching and printing them. We will then use the patterns we have studied to create our own Greek clay pots. After half term, we will then be designing and making our own Greek myth story books in DT, complete with moving mechanisms.
In English, we will be learning about portal stories and writing setting descriptions of the new and interesting places our portals take us. Our class reading book this term is a great, and very famous example of a portal story and one of my all time favourites- The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. I remember my teacher reading it to me at school too! I can’t wait for us to work together to create a Narnia inspired reading corner!
In Maths, following the White Rose Maths curriculum, we will complete the unit on Multiplication and division followed by money, fractions and time.
Our PE sessions are Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will be learning cricket skills with a visiting coach on Wednesdays (which will be based outdoors, weather permitting) and indoor Gymnastics on a Thursday. Remember to come dressed in your PE kits on these days and don’t forget your trainers!
In Science, we will be learning that animals/humans need the right types and amount of nutrition, that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. We will identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. We will be naming some of the bones and their purpose in a human skeleton and finding out which creatures do not have skeletal systems.
In Music we are learning the song ‘Three little birds’ by Bob Marley and we will use instruments to play simple notes to accompany our singing. Later on in the term, we will also have a visiting music teacher, who will teach us how to play notes and chords on ukuleles – very exciting!
Our Computing units this term are; Stop Frame animation and desktop publishing. We will create animations using a series of still images stitched together to create a motion video which includes sound effects, text and music. We will be learning skills to help us use the ipads and laptops more effectively including how to use Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. On top of these units we will also be regularly revisiting elements of online safety.
In RE, we are learning about Islam. Through the elements of belief, living and thinking we will explore some of the key concepts and beliefs of Muslims, what Muslims believe about Allah (God) and the purpose of visual symbols in a mosque. Our Whole school value this term in respect which is linked into all of our learning and behaviour at St George’s but we will be particularly focusing on being respectful of other faiths and people’s beliefs in RE this term.
There are also lots of exciting learning opportunities this term including a Cultural Day (which will be based on China and the Chinese New Year), World Book Day (one of my favourite days in school) and of course an exciting class TRIP to the Collection in Lincoln to support our History topic work. 😊
We have so many exciting learning opportunities planned and I can’t wait to get started. Please make sure your attendance is good- you don’t want to miss it!
If you have any questions or need to speak to us, please catch us at the end of the school day or make an appointment by phoning the school office.
Mrs Green, Mrs Dickinson and Mrs O’Neill
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