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Christmas. In this unit of work you will explore the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospel of St. Matthew and the Gospel of St. Luke. You will also learn about some images of Christ that are found in the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John.

Baptism and Confirmation - Celebrations of the Holy Spirit A really important unit where you will learn about the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. You will explore the signs and symbols of both these Sacraments and you will hear about the gift of the Holy Spirit being given in the celebration of these Sacraments.

Lent In this unit of work you will be given some opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as important Lenten activities. We will plan together our lenten day of fundraising. You will examine the teaching of Jesus about these things and think about why they might be important activities for Christians today. In this unit you will also explore the Church’s teaching on the forgiveness and God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Prayers in the lives of followers of Christ In this unit you gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the traditional prayers of the Church and some of the signs and actions associated with prayer. You will also study some prayers that are found in the scriptures and engage in the study of the Mass as the central prayer for Catholic Christians. The unit will be concluded with a study of some customs of prayer in other religions.

Holy Week In this unit the you will learn about the passion of Jesus from the events that took place in the Garden of Gethsemane through to the death of Jesus on the cross. You will find out some reasons why Christians have described the death of Jesus as a sacrifice.

English

This term we will be exploring the narrative poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. It has many characteristics of the Romantic style - themes of love and fate our prominent and nature plays an important role. The vivid figurative language and strong narrative are typical of Noyes' style and we will analyse the poem to find out how Noyes creates imagery with words. A very exciting poem!

The story 'Millions' by Frank Cottrell Boyce is about two brothers, Damian and Anthony, who are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to joining the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma - how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. We will study this exciting and humorous text and develop both reading and writing skills.

We will also be studying non-fiction genres - Explanation texts, Recounts (newspaper reports) and Discussion texts.

You will learn about grammar, punctuation and vocabulary through our writing in these genres and also in separate lessons.

 

Maths 

Place value, x and ÷ including decimals, use of + - x ÷ to solve ‘real life’ problems including money, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, handling data, shape and space as well as co-ordinates, working out the perimeter and area of a shape, measures including conversion of one unit to another, properties, pattern and sequences in numbers. Get those problem solving and reasoning skills ready - you will need them!

 

Science

Our first topic is Evolution. You will study how living things have changed over time; consider the importance of fossils for providing information about living things that inhabited the earth millions of years ago and consider how animals and plants have adapted to suit their environment.

 

History

Fetch your time machine - we are going a long, long way back! We are looking at changes in Britain from the Savage Stone Age right the way through to the Iron Age. Doesn't sound like a long time? Wait until you unravel our 'Toilet Roll time line' to help us picture it! 

Then get ready to uncover the Gun Powder plot in our topic 'Let's Blow Something Up!'

 

Geography:

Through our ‘Let’s Blow Something Up’ theme, you will discover more about the make-up of the Earth and find out about its different layers. You will learn about tectonic plates and how volcanoes are formed. Using atlases and world maps, you will locate volcanoes around the world and discover the ring of fire. 

 

Art:

No it isn't the Ice Age, but we are huddling up in our caves and communicating with cave paintings! As we discover more about the different periods of the Stone Age, you will explore mixing techniques and collage effects to create a picture of the very famous, very mysterious and very, very old Stonehenge. 

Through our continuing ‘Let’s Blow Something Up’ theme, you will learn about the artist Margaret Godfrey and create pictures of the inside of volcanoes in her particular style. 

 

PE

Get ready to work as a team and jump... Mr Turnbull is going to be teaching you volleyball skills. 

Games

This will be all about invasion games! You will develop your attack and defence skills in hockey, football, netball and basketball. 

 

Music

Linking to our ‘Let’s Blow Something Up’ theme, you will listen to Handel’s Fireworks song, before creating and performing your own music using instruments. 

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