Dickens

Summer 1

This term, our learning will be based around our history and design and technology topics, in which we will be learning about explorers in the past and how we could travel around the world! We will look at both national and global explorers from the past and think about what kind of vehicle we could design and make to take us on a global adventure.

We will start our topic by becoming explorers ourselves!

Our PE days for Summer term 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday. (Please note, that this is different from last term, when one of our sessions was on a Friday.) You will need to come to school dressed for PE on both those days and as the weather is getting better, we will be outside.

Please continue to keep reading as regularly as you can at home, over the term, aiming for at least five times a week. Every day would be even better!

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Chatter topics

  • Go somewhere you haven’t been before or for a long time and ‘explore’ the area – what is it like?
  • Talk to an adult about a holiday you have been on – where did you go? What did you see?
  • Go to Corsham library and find a book with old maps in – what do you notice?
  • Ask an adult about different transport they have been on – what did it look like? Where did they go?
  • Think back to last term’s topic and tell someone about homes from the past.
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  • Draw a map – it could be of a real place or somewhere made up.
  • Ask an adult to help you use the internet to find out about somewhere you would like to visit.
  • Make a junk model vehicle.
  • Find a ruler or tape measure and measure the length/height of objects from around your house.
  • Draw and label what an explorer would need to take on a trip with them.

Spring 2

This term our learning will be based around our history topic, in which we will be learning about homes in the past and how they were different from the homes we live in today. We will explore how different houses were built, what was inside them and, later in the topic, will welcome a visitor to our classroom, who will show us how to use an old method of construction. Prepare to get your hands dirty!

Our PE days for Spring Term 2 will be Tuesday and Friday. (Please note, that this is different from last term, when one of our sessions was on a Monday.) You will need to come to school dressed for PE on both those days.

Please continue to keep reading as regularly as you can at home, over the term, aiming for at least five times a week. Every day would be even better!

What were homes like in the past?

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Chatter topics

  • Take a walk around Corsham and talk to your parents about which buildings might be the oldest and why you think this. Can you find dates on some of the buildings?
  • Ask your parents about the homes they lived in when they were children.
  • Go to Corsham Library and borrow a book about houses. Tell a grown up about the pictures inside it or what you have read in this book.
  • Think back to what you learnt last term, about living in the 1940s. Tell a grown up about the ways houses were different in those days.
  • Look around your house and think about all the tools and gadgets which you and your family use every day, to help you prepare food, stay clean and be entertained. Talk about how life might be if these disappeared! What would you use, or do, instead?
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  • Make a picture of an old house in Corsham. How will you show it is old? What will you use to make it? Pens, pencils, paint, collage materials, pastels?
  • Ask an adult to help you use the internet to find some old houses that are for sale. What is the oldest house you can find? Write a description of this house. Is it large or small? Does it have a garden? Would you like to live there? Why?
  • Draw a plan of your bedroom or even your whole house!
  • Make a timeline of the important events in your life so far.
  • Design your perfect home!

Spring 1

Welcome back to a new year and an exciting term of learning linked to our arts topic on the 1940s. We have lots to look forward to, including exploring the work of famous musicians and artists from this time and taking inspiration from their achievements to create our own music and art. In addition, we will welcome two visitors to our classroom who will answer our questions about what it was like to be a child in the 1940s.

Our P.E. days will again be on a Monday and a Thursday, so please make sure you come to school dressed in your P.E. kit.

Well done on all your reading achievements last term! Please make sure you build on these by continuing to read as much as you can, at home, every day!

What was life like in the 1940s?

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Chatter topics

  • Look at a piece of art work by L.S. Lowry or another artist who worked in the 1940’s. Talk to an adult or a friend about what you can see and what you like about the art work. Find out what they think of it.
  • Listen to a piece of music from the 1940s. Discuss how it makes you feel and why. Talk about what instruments are playing. Think of good words to describe the music.
  • Think about how life would have been different if you had been a child in the 1940s. Explain this to an adult. Talk to them about when they were a child and the things they did.
  • Talk about your favourite Roald Dahl story. Why do you like this one best? Explain how you first came across it. Did you read it, listen to it, or watch it?
  • Explain how to do one of the art or craft techniques you are learning in school this term. What materials do you need? What was most tricky or easy? Was it fun? How effective was it in producing the result you wanted?
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  • Use the internet to look up some wartime recipes. Choose one to make and taste. Write out the recipe and a review of what it tastes like.
  • Imagine you are an evacuee. Write a letter to your parents on the day you arrive in your new war-time home. How are you feeling? Describe the train journey you have been on. What are the good things about your new home?
  • Sew a picture onto paper!
  • Listen to a war time song and draw a picture about it.
  • Design a poster to ask for help to organise a street party to celebrate the end of World War II. What do you need people to bring? Think about: food, furniture, games, decorations, music etc. What date will the party take place on? Where will it be? Who is invited? What will you be celebrating?

Autumn 2

What material is best for a boat?

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Autumn 1

Where do we live?