In English we are starting off the half term looking at the skills required for argument and debate. We will be looking at how to conduct a formal debate and the persuasive language required to put a formal argument forward.
We will then be moving onto looking at short ‘spooky’ stories. This will allow children to really develop their descriptive skills in order to build tension for the reader.
In Maths we will start the half term by continuing our work on fractions. We will look at adding and subtracting fractions, including mixed numbers. We will also look at multiplying fractions by a number and finding a fraction of an amount. We will then finish off the half term by looking at decimals and percentages including rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and finding percentages of amounts.
In Science our new topic is properties of materials. We will be looking at how to separate different materials in a mixture using methods such as filtering and evaporating. The children will also be investigating different reversible and irreversible changes in materials and how these occur.
Our new topic of Eastern Europe is geography based. The children will be comparing the human and physical geography of different countries in Eastern Europe to Britain. They will also be looking at all the factors that need to be considered when planning a trip and we will briefly cover the Chernobyl disaster and its lasting environmental affects.
Art and Design
In Art this half term we are starting by focusing on accurate drawing of flowers. We will then apply these skills when we crate our own Russian dolls and decorate them with an effective and colourful floral design.
Our PE days have changed. They are now on a Tuesday and Friday. On a Tuesday we will be working with a sports coach from Leeds Beckett University on a range of different skills. On a Friday we will be focusing on Hockey by looking at a variety of skills including how to accurately dribble a ball and play a competitive game of hockey.