The Summer Term
Children will be developing their historical and geographical knowledge through our topic: ‘Hola Mexico!’. We will learn about the ancient Maya civilisation, and how their environment, beliefs, architecture and mathematical knowledge made the Maya one of the most sophisticated ancient civilisations. We will look at the climate of Mexico and how this compares to other countries we have studied. In science, we will look at evolution and inheritance. Children will identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and how adaptation may lead to evolution.
In English, a wide range of stimulating visual stimuli and engaging texts are used to teach English. Sharing texts including poetry, fiction and non-fiction books which provides rich stimuli for children to develop their own writing styles using their own imagination. Alongside developing their writing skills, pupils will also develop their skills in spelling and grammar.
Reading is taught using a range of texts and stimuli. Books, images and video clips are used with the children to develop a range of skills required as a reader. Discussion, as well as carefully structured questions, allow children to think about why texts are structured in particular ways, how and why writers make specific language choices and to encourage children to use their inference skills to ‘read between the lines’.
Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. Children are also given time each day to ‘Read and Relax’ where time is spent reading an ‘Accelerated Reading’ book at their level and then quizzing on this book to show their understanding of the text.
In mathematics we use ‘Maths No Problem’. This scheme develops and builds upon the children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Lessons provide children with time to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and subsequently achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.