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 6 classes
Children’s scientific studies will focus on the topic Evolution and Inheritance, with a focus on adaptation, and Living Things and their Habitats. In history they will be studying the Changing Power of Monarchs, with a case study on Queen Victoria. They will be introduced to Victorian Music Hall songs in music. Their Victorian studies will be consolidated by a visit to The Ragged School and The Museum of Childhood, on 13th January. In art, children will be exploring the work of William Morris, and creating their own patterns and a textile panel inspired by his designs. In religious education the children will be studying Christianity, and Buddhism and Hinduism, looking at worship, festivals and symbols. In design and technology, children will be studying textiles and shoe materials and will design and make their own slippers. In computing children will be investigating automated systems and creating and debugging algorithms. They will programme physical devices, controlling inputs and outputs. They will also study the poetry of Victorian poets including Robert Louis Stevenson and Emily Dickinson.
Year 6 classes
Children will be studying animals, including humans, and this will include the human life cycle. In the second half of the term, children’s English studies will include the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth. In geography they will be carrying out class and individual studies on the European Union and researching different localities, explaining the physical and human features of the localities, and how they compare to our locality. They will be continuing their studies on Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism in religious education. Children’s Computing studies will include planning, filming and editing movie trailers and looking at how animations are created, drawing on different genres. In art they will be focusing on still life painting. In music they will be identifying metre and rhythm and performing independent parts keeping a steady pulse. To complement their physical education studies, children will be enjoying a PGL week in Liddington, Wiltshire.
A trip to the Houses of Parliament is planned for 17th June to support their citizenship studies.
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 6 classes
In English, children will be focusing on writing a persuasive, one sided argument, and then learning how to develop this by writing balanced discussions. They will also explore the use of impersonal language in official documents. Children’s fiction writing will cover a range of suspense techniques, enabling them to develop a writer’s toolkit of stylistic features and devices. They will also be exploring the poetry of Maya Angelou. In science, children will be focusing on electricity and light, and the circulatory and respiratory systems. In geography, children will be studying current global environmental issues caused by man-made and natural changes. In design and technology, they will be designing and building a shelter for a specific purpose. In computing, children will be exploring how the internet is used for communication and collaboration. In history, children will be exploring the impact of the Victorian era on our locality. In art, they will design and create a sculpture to enhance an environment. In music, children will be constructing and composing chord patterns and in religious education they will be continuing their studies on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Work in PSHE and C will address how we face challenges and make decisions and continue the exploration of the theme of being a good friend and including everyone. A trip to the Houses of Parliament is planned for 17th June to support their citizenship studies.