2020 Autumn Term - Lower School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2020 Autumn Term - Lower School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the beginning of a new academic year. It is wonderful to have all the children back at school again! We hope that this information will give you helpful details of planned work for this term. Please assist your son/daughter in exploring and discussing these areas. We trust you continue to find the homework diary useful and intend to continue to suggest activities in it.

All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. The most important way to help your children is to read with them on a daily basis. The more you read together the better they will do in school and (this is not an overstatement) in life! “Families that read together succeed together!” We will also continue to suggest spellings and times tables to learn in the homework diary too as this type of work is also very beneficial.

A few things to note are that we are staying in our class bubbles for Maths and English. In addition, we have altered how Geography and History are taught during the term and you may have noticed that we now have a two-week rolling programme, teaching each subject every other week as opposed to teaching them in blocks a term at a time.

Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform (summer uniform expectations are in place until October half term). Thank you for your continued support!
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
This half term, we are looking at Steven Brown's animal art. We will develop our line drawing and painting skills in order to create our own colourful animal artwork in his style.

In DT, we will be designing, making and evaluating an Ancient Egyptian themed quiz board, making use of the knowledge of electrical circuits from our science lessons.

We will be recalling the steps for logging onto the school's network; developing our understanding of networks in general and how to use them safely. We will also be exploring coding through our Purple Mash software with a particular focus on '2Logo'. Your child can access this on their Purple Mash account at home too.
"https://www.purplemash.com/" \l "app/tools/2logo"

We will be learning about our world, thinking about how it looks from the International Space Station orbiting high above. We will use satellite pictures, Google Earth and atlases to learn about continents and oceans as well as finding places using latitude and longitude.

The children will be learning about Ancient Egypt. Researching and studying the way the people of this ancient civilisation lived and learning about the key events, people and places of the time.

This half term, we will be working on our composition skills using graphic scores in the shape of pyramids to link with our history topic. There will be opportunities to play a range of percussion instruments.

In PE this term, we will be developing our fitness and stamina with various games and circuits. The children will develop their physical literacy as they reflect on the effects of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). In addition, they will aim to increase their stamina, flexibility co-ordination and core strength during a number of "rebalance" sessions. They will also be given opportunities to use rebalance exercises to manage stress, improve concentration and increase self-awareness.

We will be thinking about the importance of valuing who we are and those around us. We will learn about how we all have rights and responsibilities and about the importance of respecting others as well as being respected ourselves. In the second half term, we will think more about individualism and acceptance. We will define and investigate bullying in more detail and discuss the best way to solve problems/disagreements.

In RE, our topics include the story of Creation and what this means for how Christians look after our world. We will consider what it is like to worship as a Muslim and, closer to Christmas, we will look at the Incarnation and the Trinity.

This half term we will be studying living things and their habitats. We will have the opportunity to explore our school environment and considering how animals are adapted to their environment. In the second half of the term we will be learning about electricity. Through practical experiments, we will explore electrical circuits. We will also learn about electrical safety.

We will be focusing on conversational skills, for example, for example greetings, introducing ourselves, and asking questions of others, as well as counting to 100, and learning vocabulary linked to family.
You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here.

In addition, you may also wish to:

: research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;

: search the internet for relevant websites and activities;

: watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;

: simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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