This term we will be doing lots of work on trains and railways. In the first half term, our main class book is The Railway Children. We will be using this to write diaries and letters as well as non-chronological books about trains. In the second half term, our main book will be Meerkat Mail. We will use this book to write postcards and adventure stories.
In maths we will move onto measurement, looking at length, height, mass, weight, volume, capacity and temperature. We will also learn how to tell the time up to five minutes past/to the hour and look at position and direction. Once we have covered all these topics we will recap learning from lockdown.
In the first half term in science we will be studying plants, recapping the names of common plants and trees and their structure. We will then look at how seeds and bulbs mature into plants and investigate what they need to grow and stay healthy. In the second half term we will be looking at different scientists and inventors.
In history we will be finding out the impact the development of the railways had on people. We will be travelling back through time to see how people travelled before trains were invented, find out about the father of the railways, George Stephenson, and then study the growth of the railways, looking at the impact it had on people across the country.
In geography we will continue our work from lockdown, looking at the seven continents and five oceans. We will then use this to find out what the weather is like in different parts of the world. We will then look at human and physical features across the world. Once we have investigated these things, we will take what we have learnt to compare Cape Town with Barnard Castle.
In the first half term we will be studying Christianity and finding out what it means to belong to the Christian community. We will look at what we belong to and compare this to Christians. We will also look at baptisms and discuss how this means Christians to belong to God. In the second half term we will be studying Hinduism and the festival of Raksha Bandhan which celebrates brotherhood and love. We will find out what the festival is, why Hindus celebrate it and how they celebrate.
In art, we will be look at the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her work on flowers. We will use her work to paint our own flowers in her style. We will also use weaving techniques to create a view from a train window.
In DT we will be looking at structures to design and create a suitable and stable chair.