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LKS2 (Year 3 and 4) - Autumn Term 2019


Stone Age to the Iron Age - Somewhere to Settle

During our overarching topic for the Autumn Term, we developed our knowledge of early British History. We will be learned about what life was like in the ages of Stone, Bronze,and Iron whilst discovering why people decided to ‘settle’ where they did! 

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We looked at timelines, tools and weapons, different types of houses, pre-historic beasts, and how people would have hunted and gathered their food in order to survive.

School Trip to Weaver Hall Museum:

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We were lucky enough to go on a school trip this term to learn what life would have been like in Pre-historic Britain. Have a look at all the fun we had!

 


Literacy

During the Autumn term in years 3 and 4, we have written in a variety of genres:

  • Diary entries,
  • Instructional texts,
  • Non-chronological reports,
  • Poetry,
  • Informal letters, 
  • and Descriptive writing.

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In Shared Reading, we worked on improving our vocabulary, as well as developing our retrieval and inference skills, by reading examples of fiction and non-fiction pieces of text.


Maths

In Maths we looked at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We focused on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We also worked on place value and money.

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We have also been practising our times tables at every opportunity to become more fluent with them - even the 'tricky' ones!

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Science

Science really 'rocked' in Autumn as we were looking closely at different types of fossils, rocks and soil.

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We worked scientifically and discovered our findings through engaging and practical activities. 

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Religious Education

In Religious Education (RE),we looked at Christianity and became familiar with the story of The Ten Commandments.

We also designed our own 'commandments' (rules) that we would consider important and a fair set of guidelines for life.

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PE

During P.E. sessions this term, we were learning about and playing Tag-Rugby. We had a great time and it was made all the more exciting as the Rugby World Cup was on at the same time in Japan!

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Music

In our Music sesisons, we looked closely at the inter related dimensions of music:

  • pulse,
  • rhythm,
  • pitch,
  • tempo,
  • dynamics,
  • timbre,
  • texture,
  • structure,
  • and notation.

We also looked at how music is used, particularly in films, to convey a sense of emotion and contribute to setting the scene of films such as; Jurassic Park and Harry Potter - John Williams.

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Computing

In our Computing sessions, we have been looking closely at the process of coding and giving instructions. 

Code is the language used to instruct computers, and we have learned how one small mistake can cause an action to not work! We have needed to work with precision and use logic to find and put right mistakes in algorithms.

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UKS2 Autumn Term 2019

Crime and Punishment Throughout the Ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our topic for the autumn term was Crime and Punishment Throughout the Ages. During this topic, the children were taken on a journey through British history where they discovered how crime and punishment changed throughout the ages.

 

English

In Years 5 and 6, we developed our comprehension skills by reading the test: Macbeth and Stormbreaker. In Shared Reading, we worked on improving our vocabulary, as well as developing our retrieval and inference skills.

 

 

 

 Inspired by the texts we read, we wrote playscripts, setting descriptions, diaries and recounts. We also wrote and performed our own versions of the Witches' spell from Macbeth.

Maths

  • In Maths we looked at the 4 mathematical operations and mathematical reasoning. We worked on improving our Arithmetic skills in our Arithmetic Academy lessons. We focussed on developing our fluency, problem-solving and reasoning using APE. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it!) We will also worked on …time, fractions, decimals, percentages, ration and proportion, measure, statistics and shape. 

Science

We explored Properties and changes of materials and Animals including humans

Properties and changes of materials

We compared and grouped together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. We investigated materials which dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and described how to recover a substance from a solution. We used our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. We gave reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We demonstrated that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.  We also explained that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

 

Animals including humans

We identified and named the main parts of the human circulatory system, and described the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We investigated and recognised the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function. We described the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Topic – Crime and Punishment Throughout the Ages

This topic allowed us to continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history. We became familiar with crime and punishment throughout the ages and explored how crime and punishment has changed in Britain since the Roman invasion. We also looke at the history of the police, famous crimes e.g. The Great Train Robbery and famous prisons – e.g. Alcatraz. We loved visiting the Greater Manchester Police Museum and learning about the history of the police, dressing up and taking part in a court case.

    We were really proud of our Topic Homework. We wloved telling our friends about it.

           

In DT, we designed and made gadgets for the future. Linked to our Literacy work, we created Dragon’s Den inspired pitches to promote and sell our products.

                                           

                                  

 

In Art, we will looked at some of the most famous art work ever stolen. We explored the work of the artists: Leonardo de Vinci – Mona Lisa, Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (The Lady in Gold) and Edvard Munch – The Scream. We loved creating our own versions of The Scream.

                                     

In Computing, we focused on Internet Safety - using search technologies effectively and using technology safely, responsibly and respectfully as well as coding.

 In PSHCE, we looked at the world we live in and our British values of: respect, tolerance, diversity and equality for all. We looked at Rule of Law and people’s rights. We explored Crime and Punishment debates – Should all crimes be punished in the same way? Should life mean life? Should the death penalty exist? 

                     

In Music, we looked at using different instruments and techniques to build suspense. We also explored famous pieces of music which create suspense and tension e.g. Carl Orff – O Fortuna - Carmina Burana, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, John Williams - Jaws theme tune and Adam Clayton - Mission Impossible theme tune.

                                  

 

In RE, we looked at the religion of Buddhism. We  became familiar with the life and celebrations of a Buddhist whilst learning about the teachings of Buddha.

       

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