Term 5 Overview

Although we can’t quite believe it, here we are in term 5 already! As you know, the children will be taking their SATs this term - during week 4. There is still lots of work to do to prepare for this! The children need to make sure that they are regularly practising their times tables and spellings as well as completing their revision booklets. The SATs will take place from the 8th – 11th May 2017. To celebrate the end of SATs and to tie in with our topic this term, we will be taking the children to the Natural History Museum on Friday 12th May 2017.

Our topic is evolution and we will be looking at the work of Charles Darwin as well as thinking about conflicting and supporting theories linked to both science and theology. We will particularly focus on the natural world and how both plants and animals have adapted to their environments: continually evolving to suit their challenges and habitats. Going to the Natural History Museum will allow the children to see fossils and bones up close – giving them a real insight into Darwin’s theories.

In English we will be reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ (this book was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2015). The book tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic adventure across Antarctica when his ship ‘Endurance’ became trapped in ice. The children will be reacting to the story by engaging in different pieces of empathetic writing, speaking, listening and drama. We hope that the Natural History Museum will give the children a glimpse at some of the animals that Shackleton might have encountered on his journey and to appreciate the enormity of them – for example whales.

We have already begun the preparations for our show (this will take place in term 6). Auditions are complete and we will be starting to learn the songs and dances during PPA.

Please support your children to learn the songs and any lines that they may have.