Curriculum Map - Spring Term
Narrative Poetry: The Listeners (Walter de la Mare)
Writing to narrate - suspense story based on the poem
Non-fiction: Article linked to use of technology on health
Writing to present arguments - balanced argument about the pros and cons of using technology
Modern stories: Letters from the Lighthouse (Emma Carroll)
Writing to recount events 1st person - diary entries in role as different characters
Writing to describe character - detailed description of Queenie
VIPERS skills: understand types of questions in reading comprehension papers (prep for SATs)
Summarise - link main ideas from more than one paragraph
Predict - what might happen from details stated and implied
Identify - how narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
Explain - how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases
Baptism & Confirmation: celebrations of the Holy Spirit
Children will learn about the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. They will explore the signs and symbols of both these Sacraments and will hear about the gift of the Holy Spirit being given in the celebration of these Sacraments.
Children 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. They will find out some reasons why Christians have described the death of Jesus as a sacrifice.
Children will be given some opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as important Lenten activities. They will examine the teaching of Jesus about these things and think about why they might be important activities for Christians today. In this unit children will also explore the Church’s teaching on the forgiveness and God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In this unit the children study the story of Easter from the perspective of Thomas. The work contained in this unit will require them to think about reasons why Thomas did not believe in the Resurrection of Christ at first and why people today believe that Jesus is risen from the dead. Children will also learn about Easter and the promise of eternal life. They will be introduced to some associations with Baptism and the celebration of a Christian funeral.
Why people make journeys: A study over time learning about past journeys, journeys today and future journeys
Pupils will learn that throughout history humans have undertaken journeys to; keep themselves safe, flee from danger and harm, or seek a better life for themselves and their families. Aspects of this unit link to prior learning in Year 5 when pupils studied World War 2. The later parts of the unit consider more recent refugee crisis and how the world and the UK has responded.
Evolution and Inheritance:
Pupils will learn about the life and work of Charles Darwin and what is meant by the terms evolution and survival of the fittest. They will learn how animals and plants are adapted to their environment. They investigate camouflage and find out how humans evolved. They carry out a simple experiment to model evolution and selective breeding.
Pupils build on their work on light in Year 3 to make more detailed investigations of shadows. They use their conclusions from this work to create shadow puppets and use special effects in their puppet shows. They study reflectivity, build a periscope and investigate the effectiveness of sunglasses, learning about the dangers of UV light.
French Sport and the Olympics:
Children will express an opinion about sports and say which sports they play. They will learn the words in French for countries around the world. They will conjugate the verb ‘to go’ and learn how to say I or someone else is going to a country and be able to rehearse orally new vocabulary. Children will also learn about the French game of pétanque and develop the ability to write an interview magazine article about the Olympic Games.
Visit a French town:
Children will be able to describe routes to school using pictures and word cards, follow simple directions accurately and describe the relationship between places using a preposition. They will put modes of transport into a simple sentence, role-play buying tickets in French and use modes of transport to build sentences about going to places. They will begin constructing negative sentences correctly, learn to say and read places in a town and use a writing frame to give a reasoned opinion for visiting a place. Children will also learn to identify the grammatical elements of a text, understand the gist of a text and use a text to write their own description of a place.
Still life: Children will create a variety of still life pieces influenced by different artists, using a range of mediums and showcasing work in the form of a memory box.
Photography: Children will begin to develop photography skills – composition, colour, light, abstract image, underlying messages and capturing and presenting images in different ways.
Textiles: design a waistcoat, mark and cut fabric according to a design, assemble a waistcoat and decorate a waistcoat.
Continue learning how to navigate the internet in an informed, safe and respectful way. This includes understanding where to get help if children feel worried or uncomfortable or scared - 7 top tips. Sharing online, creating a positive online reputation, capturing evidence, think before you click and strong passwords.
Big Data 1:
Children will know that data contained within barcodes and QR codes can be used by computers and learn that infrared waves are a way of transmitting data. They will also learn that Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a more private way of transmitting data and know that data is often encrypted so that even if it is stolen it is not useful to the thief.
Creatine media: History of computers
Children will explain how to record sounds and add in sound effects over the top. They will produce a simple radio play with some special effects and simple edits which demonstrate an understanding of how to use the software. They will learn how to create a document that includes correct date information and facts about the computers and how they made a difference. Children will also demonstrate a clear understanding of their device and how it affected modern computers, including well-researched information with an understanding of the reliability of their sources. They will be able to describe all of the features that we’d expect a computer to have including RAM, ROM, hard drive and processor, but of a higher specification than currently available
Beat, Rhythm, Pitch:
Visiting teacher for the Schools Singing Programme
Mr. Victor Wong (Choral Director within the Archdiocese of Birmingham)