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Summer 2 2017
The main focus in Saturn class this term is to find out about our Water World. We will be finding out about the local area by identifying local rivers and learning about the water cycle. We will be researching bridges in the local area using this to design and make our own bridges. Additionally, we will finding out about the French Alps by carrying out an investigation.
Summer 1 2017
The main focus in Saturn class this term is to find out about the local community. We will be finding out about the local area by researching the history of Beamish. We have begun to research what life was like in the past and will be focusing on the mining industry. Additionally, we will be carrying out fieldwork in our geography sessions and creating a map of the local area. We will then be comparing our local area to the Netherlands. In Art, we have researched famous Dutch artwork and have used this research to create our own tulip paintings.
Spring 1 2017
The main focus in Saturn class this term is the Romans. We will be using our enquiry skills to research the Romans and discover what life was like in Roman Britain. We have already found out key facts and have devised questions we would like to answer throughout the topic. Additionally, our geography and DT work has been planned around this subject. We have started to discover when the Romans invaded Britain and will be finding out about Roman settlements. In DT, we have been researching Roman weapons and will be using this as a stimulus for our own products. We will also be applying our scientific understanding of forces when making our catapults.
Autumn 2 2016
Our topic this half term is ‘Food Glorious Food’. In science we will look at movement and feeding and identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition. In DT we will design and make a three course meal and will design food packaging label for each course. We will visit the Toby Carvery to take part in a healthy eating workshop and enjoy eating lunch together. In RE we will explore how Hindus worship and will discuss how and why Advent is important to Christians.
Autumn 1 2016
This half term we are learning about ‘The Amazing Egyptains’. We are learning all about pharoahs, pyramids and mummies! In a few weeks time, we are going to visit the Oriental Museum to take part in an Egyptian workshop and we will also be able to explore the Egyptian artefacts. The fun doesn’t stop there though! This half term we are also becoming actors to perform a play relating to the Ancient Egyptains. Please come back to view examples of our work and photographs of our learning.
Saturn class are really looking forward to this half term’s topic – The Olympics. We will look at the history of the Olympics and how they started. We will spend some time looking at where the Olympics will be held this year in Brazil and also look at countries which have hosted the Olympics in the past, locating these countries on an atlas. In DT we will design and make our own mascots using felt. In art we will investigate logos which have been used in previous Olympics and we will design a new logo for Rio 2016.
This half term we will also celebrate National Sports Week, this is a great opportunity for the children to try new sports and look at how they can be more active and healthy. This year the children throughout school will have the chance to make their own smoothies by riding a bike and take part in a Hula Hoop workshop. The children in Saturn Class are will also take part in an Olympic ‘Play in a Day’.
We also have Sports Day and Den Day to look forward to, as well as an overnight stay at Gibside for some of us!
This half term we will be continuing with our Tudor topic but link it more with Science and DT. In Science we will look at the properties of materials. We will be looking closely at the Tudor Rose and will design and make our own. We will investigate different joining techniques including stitching. The children will visit the Palace Green Library to take part in a Tudor workshop.
The children in Saturn class will continue their swimming lessons from the Autumn term and will also have a coach helping them develop their OAA skills.
Saturn class are really looking forward to this term’s topic – ‘Off With Her Head.’ Initially we will be discussing what a monarchy is, before focusing on the reign of King Henry VIII. The children will look at various aspects of life in Tudor times, designing a costume for a banquet. In Art, the children will begin by designing their own family coat of arms, before investigating different portraits of monarchs throughout the centuries. They will spend time developing their sketching and shading skills, resulting in a painted portrait as their final piece of work. In Geography, we will find out about the countries which are part of the United Kingdom, including their capital cities as well as the counties.
This half term is going to be electrifying! In our science topic, we will be studying electricity, creating circuits and investigating how electrical conductors and insulators – of course we will also discussing how important it is to be safe with electricity in PSHE. We are very lucky to have a sports coach to help us with our gymnastics in PE this half term – keep an eye out for some pictures of our skills! In computing, we will continue coding, this time using some fantastic programmes and tasks on ‘Purple Mash’. We will be inspired by artist Eric Joyner to create pieces of artwork including robots! Keeping with the robots theme, we will study the book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes in literacy this half term, producing some fantastic descriptive work and newspaper reports. Again, a very busy but exciting half term!
Our topic this half term is Wonderful World with the main focus being on the environment. The children will use maps, atlases and globes to locate continents, countries and oceans and explore the different climates in each of these areas. The children will also investigate the effect of global warming on the Ice Caps. In art the children will explore the works of Derek Gore and use recycled magazines and newspapers to create collage exploring light and tone within the collage.
In science we will look at living things and their habitats. The children will identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment, using classification keys to assign them to groups. In science we will investigate how environments are constantly changing and how this can sometimes pose dangers to habitats.
Music and RE will both focus on Christmas themes; Five Gold Rings for music, and why do Christians call Jesus the ‘Light of the World’? for RE.
Our topic this half term is designed around bridges, in particular bridges on Newcastle Quayside. The children will be looking in detail at each of the bridges along the River Tyne and will visit the Baltic to take part in a bridges workshop. On our visit to Newcastle Quayside the children will sketch each of the bridges and will use different materials back in class to make their own bridge. Please come back to view examples of our work and photographs of our learning.