Below are the outlines for the topics covered each half-term. As these are developed for our new curriculum they will be added. There are also links to the associated Curriculum Maps, which outline the key objectives covered, both within topic and in stand alone lessons.
Autumn 1 - Rainforests
The topic opens with a visit to Flamingo Land Zoo to learn about some different rainforest animals and general facts about rainforests of the world. This will help the children to locate rainforests, the tropics and the equator on a world map and identify continents and countries where there are rainforests. Afterwards we will classify and identify rainforest animals using Venn, Carroll and branching diagrams. After looking at how various animals have adapted to life in the rainforest, we will design our own adapted rainforest creature. Some of our art work will be inspired by the different layers of the rainforest and we will work together produce a paper collage to display each layer. Henri Rousseau’s work will also be a starting point for some pastel pictures.
Spring 1 - Journey Through Space
“Journey Through Space” will take us on an adventure around the Earth, sun, moon and the solar system to find out about space, forces and motion. We will start in Leicester at the National Space Centre, where we will discover all kinds of facts about space. We will also begin with a musical focus, using Holst’s “The Planets” as a starting point for appraising and composing our own space journey themes using iPads. Our following Science work will be mainly investigative as we explore the movements of the Earth, sun and moon and link this to experiments involving various forces and motion. Peter Thorpe’s art work will be the inspiration for our own creations as we develop our painting skills and experiment with other media.
Spring 1 - Invaders and Settlers
This topic is History based. The children will be learning about aspects of Anglo Saxon and Viking life. They will develop their chronological knowledge and their understanding of invaders and settlers. They will compare life today to that of the Anglo Saxon and Viking Settlers. They will be encorporating this learning into a performance, which will consolidate their understanding.