Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.
Whole school targets
As a school, in English we are concentrating on improving children’s writing. This term our whole school targets are to improve children’s sentence structure and punctuation. All children will have English targets relating to this whole school target.
In mathematics, we are concentrating on improving children’s ability with mental arithmetic and their sense of number and we have timetabled in extra time for this. As part of the curriculum, all children, from Reception onwards will be learning French, and our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be learning Spanish weekly. We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups, and la Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.
Year 5 classes
Children’s scientific studies are focusing on the topic Properties and Changes of Materials. In history children will be introduced to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and the visit by History Off the Page, on 20th November, will enrich their studies. In design and technology children will be creating Lucet bracelets, a design technique used by the Vikings. Children’s art work will explore Anglo-Saxon illuminated lettering. In computing, children will be learning how to record, assimilate and predict data from a variety of different sources. In music children will be focusing on composition with a short melody line. In religious education Year 5 are studying Christianity and Judaism. They will also extend their understanding of the poetry of Roger McGough.
Year 5 classes
In science, children will be studying the life cycle of animals, including humans. They will also study the different habitats of animals. In history children will be learning about the Ancient Mesoamerican civilisation: the Mayans, and in geography children will be studying Mesoamerica. Their English studies will include the Caribbean poetry of John Agard, Grace Nichols, James Berry and Valerie Bloom. Children will also be introduced to Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ which will act as an inspiration for their writing. The project will culminate in Sheredes Primary acting as host school to Opera Anywhere performing The Pirates of Penzance on the 13th June. In music, children will continue to study Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’ and learn about music technology. In Computing children will be creating soundscapes using Audacity software, with particular links to their geography and music studies. In art children will be using clay to create Mayan artefacts. In design and technology children will be learning how to make Mayan tortilla bread. They will continue with their studies in religious education on Christianity and Judaism. To enrich their learning in French, children will be visiting France for a day trip on 22nd May.
Across the school in English, all children will be focusing on writing imaginative and thoughtful texts, which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose. In mathematics, we continue to focus on improving children’s mental arithmetic ability and number fluency, alongside teaching other areas.
Year 5 classes
Children’s English studies will focus on discussion, film narrative and play scripts. The play script studies will focus on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. In their studies of film narrative, they will be learning to retell the story of a short film, in the First Person. They will also be reading a range of writing by other significant children’s authors and will focus on the poems of Spike Milligan. Children’s scientific studies are focusing on forces, and the Earth and Space. In music children will be appraising and composing music on a space theme. In geography children are studying rivers, in particular those in the local area. A river walk in Barclay Park will consolidate their studies. Their art studies will focus on landscapes, and in design and technology they will be investigating mechanical systems in toys. In computing children will be collecting and presenting data using data loggers and data modelling. In religious education children will be continuing their studies of Christianity and Judaism. A visit to The Jewish Museum, London, on 22nd March, will support their studies.