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Topic 4 - Wriggle and Crawl

Put on your coat and wellies and let’s head outside on a minibeast hunt. This term, we’ll head to a wetland or woodland to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems.

 

Heading out into the local area, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own. We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. Our ICT skills will help us create a minibeast animation and we’ll observe a beehive through live webcam footage.

 

Here are the areas we'll be covering over the Summer Term:

 

Curriculum coverage

 

English

Lists, leaflets, instructions, reviews, poetry

Science

Living things and their habitats

Art and Design

Observational drawing; model making

Computing

Creating and debugging programs; writing algorithms; digital presentation

D&T

Origins of food; selecting natural materials

Geography

Fieldwork

Maths

Symmetry; movement; measurement

Music

Tuned and untuned instruments

PE

Athletics

PHSE

Changes

 

How can you help?  Minibeasts are fascinating. Why not have a minibeast hunt around your local area? Look out for different minibeasts, take close-up photos and use an app or spotting book to identify any unknown creatures. Alternatively, visit a local museum to see if they have any insect specimens on display. Huge moths, colourful butterflies and armoured beetles are all amazing to see. You could also invent minibeasts of your own. Draw, paint or make models of new minibeasts, then give them a name and describe their special features.

 

Topic Words

antennae       thorax        abdomen       colony    cocoon   wildlife    habitat

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Topic 3 - Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

 

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower then meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one… Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?

Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge! Watch out for the angry troll underneath…he likes to gobble up little girls and boys! Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.

And finally…meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!

We will be starting our new topic next week. Here is some information along with our topic words.

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught.

English

Recounts; Reported Speech; Narrative; Letters; Posters

Science

Living things and their habitats; Using everyday materials; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Sculpture using natural materials

Computing

Create castles using drawing software

D & T

Making models of towers, bridges and tunnels

Mathematics

Measures (height)

History

Castle and castle life; Significant individuals Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Geography

Amazing structures around the world; Towers and bridges in the local area

PE

Defend and attack; balance and co-ordination

PSHE

Dilemmas

 

moat

turret

castle

keep

tower

drawbridge

gate house

curtain wall

battlements

portcullis

fortress

projectile

Catapult

tunnel

bridge

Structure

great hall

bailey

 

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Topic 2 - Street Detectives

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This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at house, old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?

Making maps and plans of the streets around us, planning our routes, what can you see? What can we find? Whereabout do you live? Do you know your address?

Find out how to write instructions, directions, adverts and learn rhymes all about our community from different times.

When the Lord Mayor writes and asks us to help make our street a better place, it’s time to get your thinking caps on and your paint brushes at the ready?

Read to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras … it’s time to start investigating!

 

Curriculum coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

 

English

Recounts, captions, nursery rhymes, instructions, diary writing

and adverts

Science

Identifying and comparing everyday materials; identifying plants in the local area

Art & Design

Famous local artists, drawing, painting and collaging views from the local area

 

Computing

Photo stories; algorithms

D & T

Selecting tools and materials, baking, sign making, designing buildings

Mathematics

Time; data handling

Geography

Fieldwork, human and physical features, using and making maps with keys, looking at aerial photographs

PSHE

Belonging to the community; improving the local area

 

Topic vocabulary

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

 

house park supermarket
school road postbox
      police officer     fire fighter    butchers
bakery     petrol station    post ofice
library police station bus stop
fire station florist cafe
town hall traffic lights     zebra crossing     

 

Useful websites

 

What we will be learning in this topic

Topic 1 - Land ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr…me hearties, it’s a sailors life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas! Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook. Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate’s booty! How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas. Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure.

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos’s! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Narrative; Information Books; Descriptions; Poetry; Postcards

Science

Everyday Materials; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Observational drawing; Painting

Computing

Programming; Using Presentation Software

D & T

Mechanisms; Structures

Mathematics

Mass; Position; Direction; Movement

Music

Sea Shanties

Geography

Using and making maps; Location Knowledge; Using and giving directions

PSHE

Feeling positive about themselves

 

Topic vocab

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

 

pirate

globe

navigate

Jolly Roger

map

investigate

desert island

compass

boots

treasure

ocean

captain

treasure chest

port

explore

treasure map

cargo

float

gold

ship

sink

doubloons

sails

lighthouse

cutlass

mast

boat

eye patch

deck

parrot

wooden leg

crow’s nest

rudder

hook

helm

Telescope

  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG
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