Continued work to develop speaking and listening, reading for understanding and creative writing. Work designed to help in the broadening of vocabulary and the understanding of the language, together with the development of writing and comprehension skills.
In the creative writing importance, again, will be placed on the planning of each piece of work, together with emphasis on correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. Comprehension work will involve multiple choice style questions, linked to 11+ examinations and those that require more detailed and structured answers.
Weekly spelling lists, with follow up tests, will continue.
CEM – Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
During the summer term, prep 5 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths sessions to improve the children’s
fluency of calculation. Main areas of topic work will include the following:
Place Value: Revise 3-place decimals, multiply/divide by 10,100,1000, compare and order 6-digit numbers and place on number lines, roman numerals.
Calculation: solve word problems mentally, revise column – of 5-digit numbers, ‘frog’ subtraction, written multiplication, squared and cubed numbers, short division with remainders as fractions.
Measurement/data handling: angles and polygons, using a protractor, 24-hour clock, time intervals, line graphs, solving rate problems,
Fractions: percentages and fraction equivalents, + & – mixed numbers, convert improper fractions, compare and order fractions, multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
In the first half term Prep 5 will start learning about life cycles and reproduction. This will include finding out about the reproduction in plants and animals, exploring the life cycles of mammals, birds, insects, amphibians and plants and looking at human growth.
After half term Prep 5 will be learning about animals including humans, describing the changes as humans develop to old age. They will learn about the changes experienced in puberty and research the gestation periods of other animals, comparing them with humans.
This term pupils will be exploring the impressive geography of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the United States. We will explore how the Colorado River along with debris flows and weather, continue to shape the landscape. Pupils will learn about the people who live there and see the region through the photography of Ansel Adams. They will explore some of the wonder of this place through their own art and set up a visitor centre for another class to explore the Grand Canyon region in comparison to our local area.
This term Prep 5 will be learning about the Benin Kingdom. They will learn about where the ancient Kingdom of Benin was located and how it came to thrive, what the people there believed in and how they showed this in their artwork. They will also explore western attitudes towards African civilisations, comparing the achievements, oral tales and artefacts of ancient Benin to those in Europe at the same time. The children will also learn about the story of Eweka and finally discover how European invaders threatened the civilisation of ancient Benin.
They will then be learning about the Stuarts. This will include the reigns of King James 1, King Charles 1, Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil Wars. They will study the Pilgrim Fathers, The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Plague and the Fire of London.
This term we will build on our knowledge from last term’s written work, but the focus will be mainly on spoken French. This will mean lessons
will be taught mostly in French to allow the children to develop their comprehension skills. Topics will include: talking about myself and my
family, holidays, shopping and travel.
We will continue to use the Minimus scheme and will revise and extend our knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We will learn more about the life of Roman families living in Britain in Vindolanda and the lives of the soldiers. We will also be looking at more Myths from around this time.
We shall spend the first part of the term looking at “prayer” and then lead into Pentecost. This will bring us back to the life of ‘Peter’ and
how his life changed with the power of the Holy Spirit. We shall be thinking about how we can grow in knowing Christ and how we can tell
others about Him.
During the first half of this term the form will be making work based on landscape art. In the second half of the term they will create designs for an invented sport.
‘Mary Poppins’ – both year groups will be focusing on preparing their end of year performance of Mary Poppins. We will focus on engaging the audience, stage craft and enjoying the role of ‘performer’.
Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach. New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity. This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.
Week 1 – Moving creature designs using blockwood, hooks and wire to create movement.
Weeks 2 and 3 – 3 ball puzzle designs using laser plywood, blockwood and ball bearings.
Weeks 4, 5 and 6 – Wire and crank designs to create mechanical movement for models.
Weeks 7, 8 and 9 – mobile sculpture designs using a range of materials to create circular movement.
This term the pupils will be completing work on use of tables in Excel/Word. Research and prepare presentation on a famous astronomer – their life andwork. Links to coding using SCRATCH/Microbits.
PE/ Games – Games: Simple cricket/rounders activities, based around limited game situations. The skills involved in catching, throwing, bowling and hitting will be developed. Athletics – to include sprints, hurdles and relays. In field events simple javelin/ long jump/high jump (where possible).
P.E. A collection of activities linked to the cricket/rounders sessions. Racket skills linked to tennis and table tennis.
Swimming: Water time will be spent on the development of correct technique and other related activities. All work based on the ASA ‘National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.
They will rehearse the school play in the summer term. They will be learning acting and performance techniques and working with musical theatre. They will also be learning how to create characters on stage. They will also gain an understanding of how to put a play together including lighting, props and backstage instructions.