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Autumn 2022

Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.

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 clubs, and La Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.

In science children will be learning All About Me, including their five senses.  Children’s studies will be complemented by a science workshop provided by Set Point Hertfordshire.  They will also be studying seasonal change, incorporating a walk through our woods.  In design and technology children will be developing their cutting skills and using a wide variety of construction materials to make their own fairy tale puppet.   In history children will be focusing on their growing up memories, and stories that develop their understanding of change.  In religious education the children will be examining the events in their lives that they celebrate and why, to include faith celebrations.  In art they will be learning the skills involved in painting, including colour mixing, and will be painting self-portraits. In music they will be learning new songs and exploring sound patterns, as well as singing familiar songs.  They will also be learning a range of nursery rhymes.  In computing children will become familiar with simple software that can enhance their learning, as well as learning how to control programmable toys.  In Personal and Social Education (PSED) children will learn about relationships and rules to support getting on with one another, turn taking and sharing.

Summer 2022

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

Children will be studying the topics of Growing and Animals and their habitats.   In science they will be finding out about the growth/lifecycle of plants and animals including how to care for them. Their studies will be supported by a trip to Old MacDonald’s Farm, on the 6th July. They will be investigating the world in geography; describing the features they see and the locations of the different habitats available for plants /animals to live in. In history, children will be learning about the extinction of animals. In PSED, they will be exploring how to look after and care for our environment. They will also explore how to look after themselves; healthy eating and oral health. In English, children will be studying a wide range of books including The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson, stories by Eric Carle, in particular, The Tiny Seed and a variety of traditional tales and non-fiction texts. In religious education, they will be exploring special books important to religions, in particular The Bible. In art, children will be studying the paintings of Van Gogh, particularly his depiction of sunflowers, and in design and technology they will be making 3D models using a variety of media. In computing, they will be developing their directional and keyboard skills using the 2Simple program and other programmable toys.

Spring 2022

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

Children will be studying the topic of Fantasy in the first half term. As part of this topic children’s scientific studies will focus on day and night. This will include a visit from Mr Star Man of the Astronomy Roadshow on Tuesday 25th January.  In design and technology, children will be making model rockets from reclaimed materials.   In computing children will be using iPads to navigate software and will safely explore the internet with age appropriate search engines.  They will use software to create imaginative pictures.

In the second half term, children will be studying the topic of Travel. Their scientific studies will focus on forces.  In geography, the children will be developing their ability to create simple road maps using symbols.  Children will also be introduced to a range of poetry on the theme of transport, for example You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck.

Over the term in RE children will be identifying special people in their family and community; in history, children will study selected famous people from the past. In personal, social and emotional development, children will be learning how to help and care for friends, taught the rules on how to keep safe, and be identifying and dealing with feelings positively. In music they will sing familiar songs and be introduced to new ones, as well as playing percussion instruments and exploring sound patterns.  In art they will they will be focusing on the American pop artist, Andy Warhol.

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