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

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2021 Spring Term - Upper 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. 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 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 continue to stay in our bubbles for Mathematics and English. As noted in the autumn term curriculum overview, Geography and History are both taught on a rolling two-week programme, teaching every subject every other week as opposed to teaching them in blocks a term at a time.
This term has started a little differently to usual! Resources for remote learning will be provided on Google Classroom when required. 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. Thank you for your continued support.
Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
We will be studying ‘sculptures in motion’. We will work through a process of taking sporting photos, drawing them and using these drawings to inspire models made from wire, covered in newspaper, and finishing off with Modroc.

During the spring term, we will be researching, designing and reviewing various structures for shelters and homes.

In our computing lessons the Upper School will be learning how to use digital equipment to create music. This will include studying how to create sample files, beats and other components of the music creation process.

This term, the children will be learning about ‘Our Challenging World’ where the focus is on natural disasters around the world caused by extreme weather including flooding, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and droughts. Children will describe key aspects of physical and human geography particularly focusing on the impact severe weather has on people around the world including the social and environmental issues caused by disasters.

Up until half term we will be continuing our topic on the Ancient Maya. Children will compare the civilisation of the Ancient Maya to other civilisations previously studied (including the Ancient Egyptians and Anglo-Saxons.) After half term we will begin a new topic called ‘Changing Power of the Monarchy’. Children will learn how the power of the British monarchy has changed from 1066 to the present day.

This term we will be working on our keyboard skills. The children will continue to learn to read music and play pieces using both hands. There will be plenty of opportunities for performance. Alternative home learning music lessons will be provided where necessary.

The children will learn how to translate abstract images into movement for their dance lessons. During outdoor PE lessons, they will work as a team to attack and defend effectively in order to maintain possession and score points (football and basketball).

This term we will be thinking about Dreams and Goals, why it is important to stretch ourselves to achieve them. We will discuss issues that impact the world and consider how to talk about more challenging world matters that concern us, in addition to how we can work with others to help make the world a better place.

In our Religious Education lessons the children will be studying a variety of topics including incarnation where they will explore evidence for why Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah and why he is called the Prince of Peace. The children will study Islam and the Muslim journey of pilgrimage to Mecca, and salvation by exploring why Christians believe that Jesus' actions at Easter can save human beings.

We will be comparing and grouping everyday materials by their properties; using our understanding of solids, liquids and gasses to separate mixtures by filtering, sieving, dissolving, evaporating and condensing. Also we aim to: understand, explain and test, to find examples of reversible and irreversible changes.

In Spanish, the children will be using the verb ‘to have’ (tener) to talk about the different items of stationery they have in their pencil cases.  We will also be looking at everyday items around the classroom and trying to create sentences to describe what we have.

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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