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Bitterne Manor

Primary School

# Spring Topic

## Frozen Kingdoms

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.

This term we will be looking at Katherine Rundell's 'Wolf Wilder' text.

In English we will be focussing on integrating dialogue in our narratives to convey character and advance the action.  The children will draft and write narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere.  They will also have opportunities to write non-narrative pieces, including a fact file about Wolf Wilders, an advert for a trip to Antarctica and a non-chronological report on the adaptations of polar animals.

Within Guided Reading, the children will learn to analyse the language techniques used to describe & build tension as well as to compare the relationships between characters.  They will evaluate language choices made by the writer and explain how vocabulary choices enhance meaning.

Maths

In Maths we will be looking at:

• Multiplication and division; including mental strategies and formal written methods for whole numbers and decimals.
• Fractions – This will include how to identify and compare fractions.  How to add and subtract proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers.  How to multiply and divide proper fractions by whole numbers and fractions.
• How to calculate percentages of whole numbers.
• 2D and 3D shape (Revision of shape names, properties, features, nets and visualising shapes)
• Angles (Revision of the names of angles and finding missing angles

Science

Children will use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. As well as this they we be able to explain how we see and what the different parts of the eye are.

As well as focusing on the core subject areas we will be looking at key foundation subjects. The focus will be on the skills which link to our topic. Here's what we will be focusing on...

Geography

We will be using the Earth diagram to introduce or recap on the location of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and key lines of latitude and longitude, such as the equator and Prime Meridian.  The children will learn about polar landscapes, climate and day and night.  They will consider the impacts of climate change on natural resources and learn about the indigenous people.

Art

Inuit - This project teaches children about the Inuit way of life, including some of their cultural and artistic traditions.

DT

This project teaches children about remarkable engineers and significant structures. They complete a shelter building engineering challenge to create a shelter prototype which fits a specific design brief.

Computing

This term children will be planning their own frozen kingdom trip using spreadsheets and a strict budget. They will also be creating their own surveys which will be distributed to each other and looked at as a class. Findings will be presented in charts and graphs on the computers.

PE

This term we will be exploring OAA.  This OAA unit focuses on problem-solving activities and challenges. Throughout the unit, children will be required to work as part of a team, to solve a range of different problems that focus on collaboration and effective communication, testing their levels of perseverance as well as leadership skills.

We will also be looking at hockey skills during PE sessions. We will learn how to dribble, pass and strike a ball as well as how to stop it effectively. We will be looking at ball control for both passing and dribbling. All the skills learnt will then be used in small sided hockey matches.

RE

The key concepts this term will be:

• Peace
• Resurrection

Children will understand the importance of peace in the Islamic faith.  They will be able to express a personal response to peace in their own experience.

As a year group we will be exploring the question 'why is ressurection important to Christians?'

PSHE

Year 6 will be looking at how to recognise stereotypes in different contexts and the influence they have on attitudes and understanding of different groups.

They also will be looking at;

Living in the Wider World:

• Physical health and mental wellbeing
• SRE
• Money & work
• Safe relationships

### How you can help at home?

Children should be reading a minimum of four days a week with a signed reading log. Reading at home will help enhance children’s reading skills as well as their writing.

English Homework will be handed out on a Tuesday and will need to be returned on the following Tuesday to be marked. Maths Homework will be handed out on a Friday and will need to be returned on the following Friday to be marked.

It will be linked to what your child has been learning about in school that week so discussing their home learning with them would be a great way to help with their speaking and listening skills too!