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Peregrine Falcons

Term 1 – Blood Heart

Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry…blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. What might we uncover? This term the children will be finding out how to keep their hearts happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. They will also be considering the damage that can be done through factors such as a healthy diet, smoking and drinking alcohol. In addition to this, the children will be exploring vital questions including: Who am I? Where do I come from? What are my strengths? What have I inherited from my parents? This term we will be answering these questions as the children become detectives to explore exactly what it is that makes them who they are. The children will be learning to view themselves as individuals and explore all the characteristics and traits that help to make them a unique human being. During the topic they will be investigating the classification of living things; looking in particular at microorganisms and how these are both a help and hindrance in everyday life. They will be exploring their own local area and making contrasts between this and other parts of the world.

 

Term 2 – Frozen Kingdom

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands... vast wilds, hostile territories, incredible beauty yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of might sled dogs. The children will research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems. They will discover the danger of icebergs and compare this unique environment to other parts of the planet that they have learned about. English Our speaking, listening and writing focus for this term will be argument and debate, where the children will be encouraged to put across their views in a clear and organised manner using appropriate persuasive devices. In addition we will be learning about bibliographical writing, focusing on the explorer Sir Robert Scott. Our grammar focus for this term will be to revise all previously learnt concepts ready for the SAT tests. Maths The children will continue to develop their use of formal written methods of calculation and begin to master the use of these in a range of contexts across the curriculum. Coordinates will be used again, this time in the context of carrying out the accurate translation of shapes. The children will further develop understanding of units of measure, particularly being able to convert between these using both fraction and decimal notation.



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A visit from Sunita

This term, we had a visit from Sunita. She talked to us in depth about Hindu beliefs. We learned about the improtance of prayer in the Hindu faith and how Hindus pray at both a Temple, but also inside their own homes.

We learned about the story of Rama and Sita and how the celebration of Diwali began. 

    

Dissecting Hearts

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During our Blood Heart topic, we had the unique opportunity to dissect some pig hearts. 

We were initailly a little bit unsure of picking up the hearts, but once we got into it, it was amazing to see all of the different parts that we had learned about. 

 

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