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What are we learning about?

The children will be transformed into explorers and inventors through this half term’s topic. 

 

English

This term we will be looking at Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will be examining the text, exploring characters and using this in our own writing. The children will learn to put themselves in others shoes through role play and hot seating.

Later in the half-term we will compare the novel with the short animation ‘The Shirt Maker’ whilst our focus is inventing. 

 

Maths

We will be spending the first part on place value and number ordering before moving onto ‘time’ and various ways to read it. There will be focus on multiplication, division skills and mental addition and subtraction through puzzles and games.

Through our topic work we will also be looking at the Mayan number system and trying to build number sentences using pictorial numerals!

 

Learning opportunities

Our main focus subjects will be History, Geography and Science. We will be looking in detail at the Mayan culture and customs, spending time looking at the chronology of how and when this era fits in with Western history. Time will be spent looking at the artistic techniques used by the Mayans and the children will design Pictograms, Batik art whilst also creating their own Day of the Dead Masks. Science will consist of looking deeper into the human body at processes such as the digestive system and why having a healthy diet and exercise is beneficial. Our computing curriculum will begin with computer safety. Time will be spent looking at how search engines work and how to access the Internet safely. 

 

How can you help?

Parents can support by encouraging children to read lots of information, webpages and books about Mayan, Inca and Aztec history. The Horrible Histories Mayan and Inca books are particularly good!

The Maya People

The Maya, accomplished astronomers and mathematicians, developed one of the most accurate calendar systems in human history.

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