Spring Term 1
The Industrial Revolution
In Literacy, we will be reading Charles Dickens' famous novel, Oliver Twist. Whilst we read through this classic fiction novel, we will analyse the way in which Dickens describes the characters, such as Oliver, Fagin and the Artful Dodger. We will use this to help us to describe characters within our own writing when we create our very own chapter of the story.
In History, we will be studying the lives of people living in Victorian England. We will look into the Atlantic Slave Trade and examine the cruel way in which Britain became so powerful during the 19th century before its abolition in 1834. The famous Victorian engineer, George Stephenson, will also be included as part of our study. We will finish our topic with linking our learning to our home town of Burnley.
In Maths, we will begin to work with decimals, fractions and percentages. We will learn different ways of calculating in these areas of maths, such as subtracting, adding, multiplying and dividing fractions. We will also learn how to simplify and order fractions and calculate percentages of amounts. In the second half of this half term, we will be working with different measures and the conversion of these.
In RE, we will be studying our Christianity unit. We will be considering the question, 'How do Christians mark the 'turning point' on the journey of life?'
In Art, we will be studying the famous artist, L. S. Lowry. We will take particular attention to his famous paintings of the industrial north around Manchester.
In Computing, we will be learning computer science and will create a text adventure based on the story of Oliver Twist through coding.
In PSHCE, we will be learning how to stay safe. This will include understanding why there are age restrictions on things we watch, use or play. We will also discuss ways in which we stay safe in the local environment and less familiar places. We will also discuss the dangers of fireworks at the beginning of the half term.
In Dance, we will use a stimulus to create gestures, travelling patterns and explore contrasting emotions with different ways to demonstrate. We will learn how to use canon effectively and use development techniques to perform with accuracy, control and timing. We will perform in a whole class performance.