What are we learning about?
Nightingales will explore the idea of Dragons in different cultures and stories. The unit will be based on the Power of Reading book Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley, the film ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and the poetry story Tell me Dragon by Jackie Morris.
The children will explore the characters and plot development in the story Krindlekrax through a range of reading and drama activities. The children will develop an understanding of the key features of a legend. They will then use this to write a narrative based on their own dragon character.
We will explore poetry through the story of Tell me your Dragon. The children will develop understanding of poetry devices and the different ways poetry can be presented.
In Autumn 1, we will be thinking about place value and number – writing and recognising numbers in words and numerals. The children will explore counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
The children will be learning and practising mental calculation and how to use inverses for addition and subtraction. They will be introduced to written methods for calculation and learning how to use these methods to solve number problems.
Our main focus subjects will be English, DT and Computing. In DT, children will be designing and making a moving dragon model with pneumatics using recycled materials.
Our computing curriculum will involve creating a top trump card game based around Dragons and their special abilities. They will be using the key skills in publishing, including page layout and size, frames and borders, shapes and fill colours, Word Art, text boxes and inserting graphical images.
In PE, they will also be planning and performing a dragon dance, and in RE we will be looking at the importance of Fire in different cultures and religions.
How can you help?
Parents can support by encouraging children to read and research about Dragons and their significance in ancient myths and legends. They could be encouraged to use a laptop or tablet to experiment with different ways of presenting any information they find.
We also need as many empty boxes and interesting shaped ‘recycled’ cartons as possible!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XT1n2Bs2RY A fun video that explores different types of dragons!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eumC3DXpL4 Dragons – Fact or fiction?
http://www.livescience.com/25559-dragons.html Did dragons really exist?
Please support your child with the completion of their weekly homework and spellings and continue to listen to them read as often as possible.