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Welcome to the spring term.


Over the first half of spring term Murphy class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on pirates. The unit is called Treasure Island.


This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:


1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, Art, Technology, Music and International.


In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the islands that you find around the world

  • About the names of places that pirates travelled

  • About the islands that make up the UK and other locations, and the different features you see there

  • About the weather and climate in different places that pirates visited

  • About how pirates navigated around the world

  • How to plan a pirate island

  • How to give directions using a map

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different coin designs

  • How to design, create and evaluate our own pirate coins

  • How to design, create and evaluate a treasure chest

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to sing pirate songs

  • How to compose and play music inspired by pirates and the sea

  • How to listen to, and evaluate music we have made

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the foods pirates ate

  • About where food comes from in the world

  • About a healthy diet

  • How to plan a pirate packed lunch

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rules that pirates followed

  • About the roles and responsibilities pirates had on board

  • How to stay safe near the water


Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths and R.E will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. In Numeracy, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating. We will also be exploring position, direction, shape and measure. In Science we will be using our outdoor environment to explore animals and living things.


Thank you for your continued support and interest in your child’s learning. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Talk with your child about pirates. What pirate facts do you know? Together, find out about pirates of the past. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work for them.


As always, we are here for any questions.


Mrs Bannister and Mrs Thompson

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