Anglo-Saxons and Scots
The children will read and re-tell Young Merlin during this half-term. They will learn how to correctly punctuate spoken language and how to add detail and description to their story-telling. After re-telling, the children will re-write the story and change the setting of the it. The children will then write a diary recount of the events that happen to Merlin on the day he discovered the cave.
During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of place value and addition and subtraction. They will learn how to read, write, compare and order four-digit numbers; round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000; count backwards through zero and learn about negative numbers; and, they will learn the Roman Numerals to 100. By the end of the half-term the children will be able to add and subtract numbers using columnar addition and subtraction, and will be able to use inverse to check their work.
During the Anglo-Saxon and Scots topic, the children will learn about the invasions of the Scots and Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. They will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then they will go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result. The children will have the opportunity to learn how the Anglo-Saxons influenced the English language, with an emphasis on the origins of some English place names, and they will also examine and analyse artefacts from the period and draw their own conclusions about what they can teach us about life in Anglo-Saxon Britain. In addition to this they will also learn what life was like in a typical Anglo-Saxon village, what jobs people did and what the houses were like. They will also explore the Pagan beliefs of the early Anglo-Saxons and learn about the many gods they worshipped. Finally, they will investigate how and why the Anglo-Saxons were largely converted to Christianity by the early 7th century.
‘States of Matter’ will teach your child about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the weight of a gas. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the ideal temperature to melt chocolate. They will explore in-depth how water changes state, exploring melting, freezing, condensing as well as a particular focus on evaporation. Finally, they will learn about the stages of the water cycle, creating mini water worlds and an interactive water wheel to represent the different stages.