Owls Overview

Autumn 1 All about me and Black History – PSHRE and History Focus

In this first half term we will be finding out about each other. We will have a PSHE focus where we will discuss and write about ourselves. We will create fact files, poems and autobiographies celebrating how marvellous we are. We will use ‘The Hidden Chimp’ by Prof. Steve Peters to help us understand our behaviour and how our brain works. We will identify and try to understand our own “Hidden Chimps.”

We will then move on to celebrate Black History Month. We will use our ICT skills to research and learn about key figures in Black History and the present day along with learning about racism and how we can tackle racism if we witness it. In art, we will design anti-racism posters and t-shirts and send entries to an anti – racism competition.

Autumn 2 Oceans  – Geography Focus

In the second half of the Autumn term, we are going to be exploring oceans and learning all about how to look after our world. We will look at the impact that plastic has on our oceans and learn about how we can ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.’ 

We will read a variety of picture books which we will use to inspire our adventure story writing. We will be focussing on descriptive writing in underwater worlds. We will also be writing non chronological reports about underwater creatures.

In art and DT, we will design our own boats and sea creatures from recyclable and non-recyclable materials.

Spring 1 Authors and illustrators – English Focus

At the beginning of the Spring term, we will be reading books by the authors Julia Donaldson. We will write book reviews and letters to the authors and will write missing posters to help the monkey in ‘Monkey Puzzle’ find his mum. Then, we will write adventure stories and work hard to edit and publish these, adding our own illustrations.

In art, we will use multi-media and collage to create illustrations for our stories. These stories will then be published and available for parents to buy.

Spring 2 Countries: UK – Geography Focus

This half term, we will be looking at the continents, finding the UK on a map of Europe and looking at the country’s cultures, food, physical and man-made features. We will develop our reading inference skills, build our vocabulary, develop our sentence writing skills, take part in drama activities and writing descriptions of different places in the UK.

Summer 1 Traditional tales – English Focus

After the Easter holiday, we will read a range of traditional tales. We will write and perform play-scripts from traditional stories. We will write instructions and make gingerbread men.

In design and technology, we will design and make puppets for an animation that we will create and record. In science, we will be looking at the necessary conditions that plants need to grow as well as identifying different species of plants and their parts.

Summer 2 The Stone age – History Focus

Our final half term has a history focus where we will be travelling back in time to imagine what it was like to grow up in the Stone Age.  We will also spend some time comparing our lives now to what life was like then. In English, we will be reading ‘The Stone Age Boy’ and basing our writing on this book. We will also be writing instructions on how to brush a Sabre-Tooth Tiger’s teeth based on the text, ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.’

In art, we will be exploring how to use a sketch book and learning how to use different types of sketching pencils. We will then explore what techniques are involved in sculpting using natural form as our inspiration