2021 Spring Term - Lower School - St Thomas of Canterbury Junior School

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2021 Spring Term - Lower School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Happy New Year! We hope that the information below will give you helpful details of planned work for this term.
This term has started a little differently to usual with the pupils learning from home. However, all year groups will still be set English and maths work every day on Google Classrooms as well as a foundation subject in the afternoon. We have tried to keep the home learning as similar to the planned work below, however we have had to make some changes to ensure that the work is still accessible.
The most important way to help your child 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 or on Google Classrooms too as this type of work is also considered very beneficial.  Please continue to refer to the homework diary or Google Classrooms for general reminders about expectations. Thank you!
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
We are studying Egyptian paintings and will replicate their patterns, motifs and hieroglyphics, before designing and painting our own Egyptian cartouches.

Using our knowledge from Geography and English we will be creating an information text about Spain in the form of a pop-up book.

Children will be learning about the digital footprint that we create through our use of the internet and how we can keep ourselves safe online. Children will be exploring Excel and Purple Mash software and will be learning how to organise and interpret databases. Whilst at home, children will be encouraged to practise their touch typing using Purple Mash.

This term’s unit is ‘Catalonia here we come!’ This unit begins with an overview of Europe, Spain and the region of Catalonia, and then focuses on Barcelona, enabling children to compare and contrast with other areas of the world.

We will continue our learning about the Egyptians, focusing more on how they lived and their jobs.

This term the children will be having class keyboard lessons. They will learn how to read music and find the notes on the keyboard. There will be opportunities for composition and performance.

During this period of home learning, we will be setting a variety of activities on Google Classroom which relate to different aspects of games. Some of the activities will be sport or aerobics related. It is important that the children continue to get their hour of exercise each day whether that be indoors or outdoors.

Our focus during the first half term will be on our dreams and goals. We will be looking at the fact that sometimes we face disappointment and that things can go wrong but that we need to try again and keep positive. We will look at planning new goals even after disappointment and how if we are resilient this can help us have greater chances at success. During the second half term we will be looking at Healthy Me. We will discuss peer pressure and the feelings of anxiety that can come with that and how we can resist this. We will problem-solve a variety of strategies to help us make safe and healthy choices.

We are continuing our work on Incarnation (The Trinity) before moving on studying Judaism and then Salvation at Easter.

We are investigating sound this term. We will think about the way we hear sound, the way sound travels and how to vary the pitch (high/low) and volume (loud/quiet) of a range of musical instruments. We will use our knowledge and understanding of sound to create our own musical instruments.

At the start of the term, we will be extending our day-to-day vocabulary (days of the week, months of the year, conversational Spanish) and looking at different modes of transport, including explaining how we travel to different areas. In the second half-term, we will be linking with our Geography topic to look at the similarities and differences between our culture and that of Spain.
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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