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Spring term

In English, Pew Tor will be looking at the 'Myth Atlas' by Thiago de Moraes- a visually stunning book that takes you on a journey around the world, meeting an incredible array of gods, monsters, heroes and fantastical beasts! 

At the end of the unit, the children will be writing their own short myths. They will apply what they know about adverbials to add detail and adopt a storytelling voice.

Our new grammar focus will be learning how to use subordination and coordination to convey information concisely and to link ideas. 

 

In Maths, we will be learning how to solve addition and subtraction calculations, with the aim to use what you know- efficiency is a big focus! This unit explores the concepts of addition and subtraction at KS1 building to wider arithmetic skills including multiplication at KS2. 

Children will be expected to :

  • add and subtract numbers mentally, including:

- a three-digit number and ones
- a three-digit number and tens
- a three-digit number and hundreds

 

  •  estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse

operations to check answers

 

  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using

number facts, place value, and more complex addition and
subtraction

 

Once this is mastered, children will move on to more formal written methods. 

 

In history, we will be finding out about the Anglo- Saxons in order to answer our key question 'Who were the Anglo-Saxons and how do we know what was important to them?​'

 

The Anglo-Saxon period spans the time between the end of the Roman occupation in Britain and the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – over 600 years. This investigation enables pupils to reflect upon a number of the most significant changes that occurred in Britain during the first half of the Anglo-Saxon era. Initially the pupils examine the evidence as to why the Romans withdrew from Britain in the fifth century, and in particular the growing aggression of Barbarian tribes in Europe which culminated in the Sack of Rome in ad 410.  

Pupils then explore who the so-called Anglo-Saxons were, from where they originated and why their invasion and settlement was a relatively straightforward affair. Being mostly farmers (and therefore used to rural rather than urban living) meant that the Anglo-Saxons laid down the pattern of farmsteads, hamlets and villages that still exists in the countryside of many parts of Britain. Pupils explore the evidence that suggests what their homes might have been like as well as the structure of the villages in which they lived.  

The seventh century saw the beginning of the transition of Anglo-Saxon life away from paganism towards Christianity, following the missionary work of Augustine. Drawing on primary and secondary evidence pupils consider how and why this change occurred and who benefited most (and least) from the growing power of the Church and its alliance with both the king and his aristocrats and noblemen.  

Arguably the greatest archaeological find ever in Britain was the discovery in 1939 of the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk. In a line of enquiry pupils are able to examine some of the priceless artefacts that were unearthed and speculate as to their purpose and presence in the burial ship. In addition, pupils are supported to consider what other items may have been placed with the body (perhaps long decayed) and justify their own ‘Top 10’ artefacts to add to the burial ship. Pupils are also encouraged to evaluate the accuracy of popular ‘artist reconstructions’ of historical events such as this by comparing and contrasting their own impression of what occurred with that of a professional. 

Another very important development during the early Anglo-Saxon period was the emergence of the English language that we are familiar with today. To stress the importance of this, pupils are challenged to pursue their own research enquiry, focusing on the Anglo-Saxon legacy present in the place names of settlements in their area or region of England.  

 

In Geography, the children gain an understanding of the physical and human geographical features of a region in North America with which they can begin to compare and contrast the characteristics of a region of the United Kingdom. It begins by focusing on aspects of leisure and tourism with which pupils may be familiar both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Some may even have direct experience of visiting Florida and the Magic Kingdom. The objective of the investigation is to take the pupils beyond that with which they may be familiar and introduce them to different aspects of Florida’s physical and human geography. Through the enquiry, the centrality of exploring people-environment interaction is maintained as pupils gain an understanding of the significance of climate, natural hazards, aerospace technology and the conservation of the environment and living things in the lives of residents. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dream, Achieve, Inspire – John 10:10

Mission Statement

‘Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive others.’ Colossians 3.13

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