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.
This half term in Maths we are starting off with 2D and 3D shapes. The children will look at symmetry, reflecting & translating 2D shapes along with naming & identifying properties of various 3D shapes.
We will then be re-capping negative numbers, fractions and decimals before looking at converting, adding and subtracting different units of measure.
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 Anglo-Saxons will include looking at historical and geographical aspects. We will be looking at various Anglo-Saxon place names and the locations of different invasions. The children will also look at daily Saxon village life, traditional Anglo-Saxon gods and their eventual conversion to Christianity.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology this half term we will be designing a new Anglo-Saxon outfit using historically accurate features. We will then design our own Anglo-Saxon brooch for a traditional Saxon woman and hold a mini art-exhibition for Year 3/4 at the end of the half term to show off all we have designed!
Our PE days have changed. They are now on a Monday and Friday. The children will be having multi-skills lessons on a Monday with a coach from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. On a Friday we will be using the sports hall at Kirkstall Leisure Centre for different athletics skills. Please make sure the children have trainers and jogging bottoms to walk down in.
For the first part of the half term we will be continuing our topic on healthy living. We will then move onto our new topic of managing risks where the children will consider where risks are positive and when they are not. This unit will help children to identify their ‘network of support’.