2021 Summer Term - Lower School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2021 Summer Term - Lower School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We hope that the information below will give you helpful details of planned work for this term.  Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas.   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 in life! We will also continue to suggest spellings and times tables to learn in the homework diary too as this type of work is also considered beneficial. Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general reminders about expectations, such as those relating to uniform. Thank you!
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & DT*
We are learning the skills needed to make pop-up books this term and will put them together to create a pop-up book about the ‘Horrible History of Brentwood’, using our history learning to help.

Once we have finished our work on databases, we will be doing an e-safety unit, looking at cyber bullying. Following on from this, we will be exploring how we communicate in the digital world, including blogging, social media and emailing. We will then move onto designing quizzes online using software such as Scratch and/or Purple Mash.

Our geography topic this term is: 'Catalonia, here we come!' We have started by finding out about the continent of Europe and are moving on to learn about the physical and human geography of Spain, focussing on the Northern region of Catalonia.

The children will examine the founding of Brentwood and what life was like for its early citizens. They will examine the Brentwood coat of arms and learn about significant events and figures in the town’s history. They will present their findings in the style of a Horrible History book.

In music, the children will be building on their keyboard skills using a new piece of software called Charanga. The children will use their previous knowledge to read music and will begin to play pieces using a variety of notes.

We will be working on our athletics skills, including running, jumping and throwing. The children will also continue to take part in the Daily Mile twice a week.

In the first half term, we are discussing relationships including feelings we may have when we lose someone or something we love and how we can express our love and appreciation to those that are special to us. During the second half term, we will be discussing changes that happen in our lives that are outside of our control and how we can manage these feelings positively.

We are learning about the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, before moving onto studying Judaism and then looking at the type of world that Jesus wanted.

In our science lessons this term, will be learning about rocks, fossils and soils. We will be exploring and sorting different types of rocks as well as finding out how they are formed. We will also be identifying and finding the properties of different soils.

This term, we will be learning the vocabulary of a variety of food using a variety of adjectives to describe the food and explain whether or not we like it. We will also be looking at “The Carnival of the Animals” to study animals and the link between movement and music.

*Please note that we have  had to make some temporary changes to some of our foundation subjects due to the school closures in the Spring term. If you have any questions about any of the lessons being taught, then please do not hesitate to contact your child's classteacher.
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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