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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

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Spring 2

Erupting Romans

Our theme this term is Erupting Romans.

During this topic we shall be learning about the the history of the Romans including their culture, clothing, buildings and what they did to improve life in Britain.

Our deign project will relate to Roman inventions such as chariots.

As part of the unit, we shall also discover what a volcano is and how they are formed using Mount Vesuvius in Italy as an example.

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Literacy and Language

In literacy, children will read a variety of biographies. We will then research the life of a famous author and write a biography of their life.

After finishing our whole class text, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter', we will move on to David Walliams' 'Billionaire Boy'. In these sessions, a key focus will be understanding the style of the author and they language he uses for various effects. Please ask your child about it and stoke their enthusiasm for this text.

In other areas of the curriculum we will be looking at the following:

Science:

In Science we will be learning about rocks and their features. We will learn about the 3 types of rock and test their properties such as permeability. We'll also question why certain rocks are used for certain purposes.

 PE:

In PE this half term we will begin a unit on gymnastics in which we are learning a range of jumps. Outdoor PE will be outdoor and adventurous activities which will focus on team work and communication.

Design Technology & Art:

Linked directly to the work on Romans, children will create Roman mosaics, with a theme of mythical creatures.

 PSHE:

We will continue our unit on growing up and changing. We will talk about keeping ourselves safe and link some of the lessons to the NSPCC PANTS campaign, understanding that certain parts of our bodies are private. We will then explore different types of families and learn to understand the importance of respecting differences.

R.E:

We will be exploring the question, ‘Why do people pray?’  We will also be looking at similarities and differences in the beliefs that different religions have about God.

Computing:

This half term we will make robotic instruments!

Maths

In Maths this half term, we are continuing to focus on fractions and decimals. However, we will apply our learning to measures. Furthermore, we'll learn how to convert between a range of measures e.g. 2 metres = 200cm. We will also be problem solving and reasoning throughout the unit.

At home, please do your best to ensure that children know the 2,3, 4 and 5 times table off by heart and can rapidly recall the x tables in any order. Songs and games like those below can be really useful. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button