Termly Overview

SPRING: TERM 2

2016/17

Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
 

THIS HALF TERM OUR LEARNING CHALLENGE IS...

WHO WERE THE EARLY LAW MAKERS?
 

I Can explain how laws have developed from the crime and punishment of the Anglo Saxons to the present day.
 

•Can they describe events and periods using the words: BC, AD and decade?
•Can they plot recent history on a timeline using centuries?
•Can they place periods of history on a timeline showing periods of time?
•Can they use their mathematical skills to round up time differences into centuries and decades?
•Can they explain how events from the past has helped shape our lives?
•Can they recognise how lives in the past are different from ours?
•Do they know that people who lived in the past cooked and travelled differently and used different weapons from ours?
•Do they recognise that the lives of wealthy people were very different from those of poor people?
•Do they appreciate how items found belonging to the past are helping us to build up an accurate picture of how people lived in the past?
•Can they research two versions of an event and say how they differ?
•Can they give more than one reason to support an historical argument?
•Can they communicate knowledge and understanding orally and in writing and offer points of view based upon what they have found out?
•Do they appreciate how historical artefacts like the Magna Carta has helped us understand more about British lives in the present and past?

Challenge:
•Can they use their mathematical skills to help them work out the time differences between certain major events in history?
•Can they begin to build up a picture of what main events happened in Britain/ the world during different centuries? 
•Can they recognise that people’s way of life in the past was dictated by the work they did?
•Do they appreciate that wealthy people would have had a very different way of living, which would have impacted upon their health and education?
•Can they independently, or as part of a group, present an aspect they have researched about a given period of history using multi-media skills when doing so?

SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME BY...
Reading with your child every day for at least ten minutes. This does not always need to be their school reading book, but perhaps a book from your local library or a magazine/comic. Aim to make the experience interactive by following the question guide supplied by your child's class teacher at the last parental consultation meeting. Remember the key to a successful reader is not just learning to read words, but to use these words to develop wider comprehension skills. 

Encouraging your child to write for pleasure by giving writing a purpose, for example keeping a diary or writing letters/e-mails to friends and family. You can also link writing to the book your child is currently reading by asking them to write an additional chapter or alternative ending, perhaps these could even be posted to the author and/or publisher? Remember, each week your child is also given a list of curriculum spellings, so these too can be learnt at home in a variety of fun ways. 

Playing mathematical games and incorporating maths into every day life. You will be surprised how many children struggle to tell the time and lack confidence when using money. Why not involve your child when purchasing your next weekly shop by asking them to add items up or even shop for themselves with a given budget? Again, do not forget to work on your child's Times Tables and Rapid Recall Step - Do you know what step your child is up to?

If you require any further support with helping your child's learning journey at home, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to assist. You can also make use of the resources available in the side menu.