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2016 Autumn Term - Lower School

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Curriculum Advice for Parents


Welcome back to the beginning of a new academic year! We hope that this information will give you helpful details of planned work for this term. Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas. We trust you continue to find the homework diary useful and intend to continue to suggest activities in it.

All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. The most important way to help your children is to read with them on a daily basis. The more you read together the better they will do in school and (this is not an overstatement) in life! "Families that read together succeed together!"

We will also continue to suggest spellings and times tables to learn in the homework diary too as this type of work is also very beneficial. Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform (summer uniform expectations are in place until October half term). Thank you!



Examples of areas we plan to cover


A
rt & Design
We will be focusing on line, colour and pattern. We will extend our basic drawing skills by collecting Egyptian patterns to make a print. We will apply knowledge of complementary and contrasting colours to an Egyptian print as well as designing and painting our own sarcophagus.

D&T

In DT, we will be designing, making and evaluating an Ancient Egyptian themed quiz board, making use of the knowledge of electrical circuits from our science lessons.

Computing

We will be re-capping on basic computing skills, moving towards a focus on e-safety and computer coding using a piece of software called ‘Scratch’.

History

The children will be learning about Ancient Egypt. Researching and studying the way the people of this ancient civilisation lived and learning about the key events, people and places of the time.

Music

This half term we will be working on our composition skills using graphic scores in the shape of pyramids to link with our history topic. There will be opportunities to play a range of percussion instruments. Next half term we will be focusing on our performance and singing skills in preparation for the Christmas production.

P.E.
This term the children will be having lessons in: gymnastics – travelling and pathways; dance – rhythmic patterns; games – hockey and basketball skills.

PSHE
We will be looking at ourselves and learning to value who we are and our new class. We will learn about how we all have rights and responsibilities and the need to respect others as well as being respected ourselves. In the second half term we will assess the children’s knowledge about drugs education. We will look at how drugs are used in general and look at the effects of alcohol on the body.

R.E.

In R.E. we shall study a variety of topics including: Belonging, Christian Symbols and The Message of Christmas.

Science
This half term we will be studying living things and their habitats. We will have the opportunity to explore our school environment and considering how animals are adapted to their environment. In the second half of the term we will be learning about electricity. Through practical experiments, we will explore electrical circuits. We will also learn about electrical safety.

Spanish

We will be focusing on basic conversational skills, for example, introducing ourselves, telling someone our age and asking similar questions of others. We will also be learning vocabulary linked to ‘family’.




You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here.

In addition, you may also wish to:

: research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;
: search the internet for relevant websites and activities;
: watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;
: simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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