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Autumn 2018

Our theme for Autumn 2 is...


Fallen Fields.



The sun sets on the battlefields of France and a solitary bugle sounds the last post.


Known as ‘the war to end all wars’ the first World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people all around the world.


What started this global tragedy? What was like like? How did the soldiers survive he terrible conditions of the trenches? How was fragile peace achieved?


We will always remember the fallen.



This half term we will focus our writing work on our Topic. We will be writing the following text types:

· Story Writing

· Newspaper Articles.

· Letter Writing

· Poetry


In grammar we will continue to revise key objectives and begin to consolidate our understanding of word classes and sentence structure. We will also continue with our daily spelling and reading lessons.



During the first few weeks, we will consolidate our understanding of formal written methods for multiplication and division.


This half term our main focus will be on fractions, their equivalence and how to solve problems using the four operations with them.


We will then move on to exploring position and direction, by exploring four grid coordinates, moving, reflecting and translating objects on them.


Topic (History and Geography):

This half term we will focus on the geography of the First World War. We will explore how the maps of Europe changes, key events and how the war affected the lives of people from Derby and Westhouses.



We will investigate light, shadows and the human eye. We will find out how light can often trick the eye and the ways in which it can be helpful.


Creative (Art, DT, Computing and Music):

In art, we will investigate different ways to manipulate various mixed media to represent natural objects - in particular poppies.


In music, we will begin to learn the songs for our Christmas service, considering how we can use our voice for effect individually and as a group.


In computing we will be continuing to investigate and create spreadsheets and databases.



Wednesday – Badminton

Friday – Hockey



We will investigate how different religions use their holy texts to provide guidance.

In PSHE, we will focus on what makes being us so special.



Autumn 2 Topic Travellers

Welcome back -we hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for the year ahead.


The theme for Autumn 1 is...

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence!


Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deathly ‘Great Pestilence’ is here! Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to King and country!

And if you smell a rat, my friend – get out of there!


We will be learning all about the Black Death and its impact on Britain. How did it get here? Why did it spread? What did people at the time think? We shall be visiting the Plague Village of Eyam and investigating why the village became so famous! We will also explore how doctors at the time tackled the disease and will have a go at making our own plague doctor masks!



This half term, we will consolidate and extend our understanding of numbers to 10 million. We will explore different methods when solving problems involving the 4 operations and develop our mathematical fluency and reasoning when using these skills. 



We will be linking our writing work closely to our main topic. We will write stories, reports about the plague and Arthurian Legends. We will also revise key grammar and spelling skills through these topics, linking them in where appropriate.


In reading, we will explore the key skills of reading and will explore a wide range of texts to apply them. We will be using reading VIPERS this term (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and summary/sequence) to further develop our reading skills.


What else will we be learning?

Science - Mirco Organisms

PE - Gymnastics and Tag Rugby

RE - Why is the Qur'an so important to Muslims?

PSHE - Being me in our world.

French - Our School.

Computing - Spreadsheets and Data bases.

Music - Classical composers and music (BBC 10 pieces).


Topic Travellers Autumn 1