Welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely break!
The Virtues and Values for this half term are Learned and Wise.
Learned by growing in our understanding for all of our subject areas and Wise in the way that we use our learning to make good decisions.
Lent and Holy Week
Lent: We will be learning to appreciate that, during Lent, Christians resolve to change and to try to be more like Christ. We will listen to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of the people he encountered.
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side! Find out who’s coming to visit…is it a bug-munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it?
Learn about hump back whales and snow geese, the humble hedgehog and the eagle eyed owl. Be inspired to write an informative leaflet all about your favourite predator and compose a poem about a predator or its prey. Learn about which animals are at the top of the food chains and which unfortunate ones are at the bottom.
Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain!
During this half term we will be thinking of the story of the shepherds and providing the children with time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. We will then continue to think about
Reconciliation, exploring human choices and Christ's teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament.
Gods and Mortals
Let's discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes!
We will learn about Apollo and other Gods who reign from Mount Olympus. We'll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. In PE, we'll practise synchronised battle movements just like the Ancient Greeks.Using historical source materials, we'll research daily life in Ancient Greece. We'll write diaries of Daedalus and Icarus and learn about epic battles. In DT, we will design masks for Greek theatre. We'll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we'll plot the journeys made by Ancient Greek characters.
During this half term, we will be learning about the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. We will be exploring the value and importance of listening to the word of God in the Scriptures. Then, as we into Advent, we will be reflecting on the bible stories of the Annunciation and Visitation. We will explore how Mary and Elizabeth prepared to welcome Jesus and will develop an understanding of Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas.
Our topic is...
You're an engineer,a scientist, a maker of men (iron men of course!)
This half term you will explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism,metals and materials...Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move.
Which force is at play when you slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? Can you make a penny look shiny and new or build a steel band from pots and pans?
We will also meet Hogarth, the Iron Man's companion. The Iron Man wants a friend... Can you build him one? You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble!
If you were a metal, which one would you be? Gold, a shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you're iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust!
Maybe you're not metal at all-but a force to be reckoned with!
During this first half term we will be learning about belonging to God's family. The children will explore the groups that they belong to and study the Sacrament of Baptism. The children will also learn about how we celebrate belonging to the family of God through the Celebration of Mass.
During the second part of the half term we will also begin to consider the theme of Reconciliation - exploring human choices and Christ's teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks or Amy Johnson? Someone from your family or the local firefighters? There are many heroes and heroines, but who do you admire the most?
We will learn and sing songs about the infamous villains, Bonnie and Clyde and Cruella De Vill- learning to clap out rhythms and get to the beat!
In English we will write riddles, comic strips and traditional tales, develop dialogue and character and write a biographical article.
We will be asking how it feels to do good and bad things and which feels best. Can any of us do a deed that changes the world? Perhaps we can all be heroes!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find further games, activities and documents for this year!
Useful topic links
Rocks and soils – BBC Bitesize
A general introduction to rocks and soils, including a game and quiz.
Facts about natural disasters – Fact Monster
A useful website including many facts about natural disasters and how they occur.
A useful website with information about volcanoes and earthquakes.
Lots of facts about volcanoes, aimed at children.
Click here for more information.