The ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’ is taught as themed units including Science, Geography, History, Art, Design Technology and Religious Education.
In our first theme we will be exploring the question: “Who were the AngloSaxons?” By the end of the unit we are aiming for the children to be able to:
know how Britain changed between the end of the Roman occupation and 1066.
know about how the Anglo-Saxons attempted to bring about law and order into the country.
know that during the Anglo-Saxon period Britain was divided into many kingdoms.
know that the way the kingdoms were divided led to the creation of some of our county boundaries today.
use a time line to show when the Anglo-Saxons were in England.
In our second theme we will be exploring the question: “Were the Vikings always vicious and victorious?” By the end of this unit we are aiming for the children to be able to:
know where the Vikings originated from and show this on a map.
know that the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons were often in conflict.
know why the Vikings frequently won battles with the Anglo-Saxons.
In our first Science theme we will be exploring the question: “Are all changes in materials permanent?’ By the end of this unit we are aiming for the children to be able to:
Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties.
Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.
Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.
Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.
Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.
Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.
In our Religious Education theme we will be exploring the questions: “What are the five pillars of Islam?” and “Am I always right?” By the end of these units we are aiming for the children to be able to: describe and make connections between different features of the religions and worldviews they study, discovering more about celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark important points in life, in order to reflect on their significance. As well as this they will be able to discuss and apply their own and others’ ideas about ethical questions, including ideas about what is right and wrong and what is just and fair, and express their own ideas clearly in response.
In Computing this term, we will be developing our skills in computer programming and debugging within Coding lessons. We will also learn how to create spreadsheets and databases. Throughout all lessons, we will continue to build on and apply our knowledge and skills in online safety.
In Music this term, we will be thinking about ‘How does music improve our world?’. As well as listening and appraising a variety of different genres of music, and developing our ability to read musical notation and compose using various pentatonic scales, this unit looks at how music makes the world a better place to live and the influence music can have on our mood and well-being.
In Physical Education this term we will be starting off by learning skills in a Creating Games unit as well as choreographing our own Class dances in the theme of Heroes and Villains. All of MP3 will have PE on a Monday and a Tuesday, and so children should come to school on full Grosvenor Park kit and trainers on both of those days. Children will be reminded that all jewellery should be removed and long hair should be tied back.
In Personal, Social and Health Education this term, we will be looking at the theme of ‘Belonging to a Community’, ‘Media and Digital Resilience’ and ‘Money and Work’, Across these topics, we will discuss the way we protect the community and our environment, the different types of media we access, the purpose and risks of advertising and the ambitions we have for the future.
Our chosen foreign language is Mandarin. We look forward to learning new vocabulary, developing out pronunciation of key conversational phrases and learning more about the Chinese culture!