Planning

Dragons 

English

The children will read and re-tell How to Train Your Dragon during this half-term. They will learn how to correctly punctuate spoken language; how to add detail and description; and, how to add fronted adverbials to their stories. After re-telling, the children will then re-write the story, changing the viewpoint to Toothless’ and change the story accordingly. The children will look at an information report all about dragons and then create one of their own. They will then use what they have learnt to write an information text about the Vikings in the story How to Train Your Dragon.

 

Maths

During this half-term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division and measurement. They will learn how to multiply using short multiplication and divide using short division. Also they will learn all of the times tables and the facts associated with them. By the end of the half-term the children will be able to find the area of rectangular shapes.

 

Geography

This ‘All around the World’ Unit allows children to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations. Children will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally, by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, children will develop their understanding of time zones.

 

Science

In this unit children explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. This unit also introduces children to the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout the unit children work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.

 

Art

This Insects unit will teach your class about how to use pencil, colour, mosaic design, puppet making and sculpture to create quality artwork that shows progression in their skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of a range of ‘Insect’ artists, in particular, Louise Bourgeois and Jennifer Angus.

 

Topic

The theme of ‘dragons’ challenges pupil perception of what is real and what is not. They journey through ages, times and places searching for clues and this culminates in a class presented news programme at the end of the Unit which seeks to answer the question, Dragons – are they fact or fiction? A great deal of the Unit is built around fantasy, but at each step, an element of truth and history is unveiled. Pupils work as a team of dragon experts and explorers and then take on roles as reporters, presenters, journalists and entertainers in the final session.