Autumn Term Overview
In English, the children will present work individually and in groups, orally and in writing. Story writing, poetry, punctuation, grammar and spelling will continue to be developed, as will reading. The children will develop their ability to read in silence, choose reading material confidently and read aloud with expression. Much of their writing will be linked with their Topic work on the Romans including persuasive letter writing in applying to be a Roman Soldier using AFOREST techniques.
In Maths the children will start by learning about place value, including decimal place value. They will then practice the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) working with numbers up to 10,000. The children should become confident with the columnar method for addition and subtraction, the bus stop method for division and the grid method for multiplication. They will work with money using real life problems. The children will be spending lots of time focusing on their reasoning when problem solving. They will then learn about measurement including perimeter and area of 2D shapes. The children will measure using standard units and recognise the relationship between these units. There will also be weekly Mental Maths practise.
In Science the children will investigate habitats and the differences between groups of plants and animals. They will sort them into broad groups, and study how living things have adapted to their habitats. The children will also learn about the human digestive system. They will learn about different types of teeth in humans, their functions and how they are adapted for what we eat.
In computing we will be learning how to use code to write simple games. The children will also continue to develop word processing skills. They will use programs to create a branching database to organise plants and animals. The children will use their researching skills to find out about the Romans, and create their own blogs.
In Music the children will begin learning how to read music using the violin to play.
In PSHE this term the children will be learning about democracy. They will find out how Britain works as a democratic society and how laws are made. After half term, the children will complete their learning of ‘Drug, alcohol and tobacco education’. The children will learn about the effects and risks of drinking alcohol. They will also explore the different patterns of behaviour that are related to drug use.