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Welcome back to the Summer Term!

 

Over the next few weeks,  Murphy class will be following a unit of work called “People of the Past”.

 

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new 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 – which 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 History, Music, Art and International.

 

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the different decisions that rulers had to make in the past
  • How to use a living graph to explore how a famous person might have been feeling
  • About the life of a famous explorer using maps and role play
  • How to compare the lives of two different explorers
  • About the achievements of important scientists and inventors
  • About what life was like at different times in the past

 

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the life and music by a famous composer
  • How to use music to tell the story of our famous composer

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • What we can learn about a person from their portrait
  • How to create a portrait of a friend
  • About the work of famous artists
  • How to paint a scene in the style of a famous artist

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the idea of ‘fairness’ and what it means
  • Why some people in the past wanted to make change

 

Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science 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 and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In Maths, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating. In Science we will exploring sound and hearing. We will relate sounds to our senses of hearing  and recognise how sounds travel away from a source.

 

 

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

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