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The classes in Upper Key Stage Two are:
The learning support assistants in Upper Key Stage Two are Mrs Abberley and Mrs Pelko.
Term 4- Hola Mexico!
Bienvenido a Mexico! We’re going to explore this unique country, from its towering temples to its fun-packed festivals.
During this half term, we’ll watch a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. To cool down afterwards, we’ll have a refreshing drink of sangrita or limeade. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write about festivals and create an invitation to a Mexican food tasting session. In preparation, we’ll make delicious drinks and savoury dishes. We’ll learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we’ll write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We’ll read Maya myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then we’ll craft Maya chocolate and simple woodwind instruments from recycled materials. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?
|English||Invitations, postcards, instructions, myths and legends, poetry|
|Music||Mexican music, notation|
|Art & Design||Sculpture, Maya art, carving|
|Computing||Online research, digital presentation|
|D&T||Food of Mexico, evaluating and making instruments|
|Geography||Using maps, human and physical geography of Mexico|
|History||Ancient Maya civilisation|
|Science||Light and shadows|
Term 3- Stargazers
Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.
During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.
|English||Mnemonics, myths and legends, free verse poetry, newspaper reports, science fiction, graphic narrative.|
|Science||Earth and space, forces|
|Art & Design||Printing, design|
|Computing||Programming, stop- motion animation|
|D & T||Selecting materials, design research, structures, evaluation|
|Geography||Locating physical features|
|History||Significant individuals- Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton|
|Mathematics||Problem solving using measures|
|Music||Space inspired music and lyrics|
At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth? Finally, we’ll invite you to our ‘Visitors’ centre’ and share our knowledge with you.
A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.
This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook delicious wartime food.
At the end of the ILP, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.
|English||Letters, diaries, persuasive writing, stories, speeches|
|History||The Second World War|
|Computing||Using search technologies, using presentation software|
|D&T||Following recipes, building structures|
|Geography||Human geography, cities of the UK|
|Music||Listening performing and composing|
|PE||Competitive games, Dance|
|PSHE||Empathising with people in different times|
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