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Topics this half term

Every half term each key stage takes on a new topic of study.  

Our children learn about 12 different topics over a two year cycle in every key stage (one for each half term every year).  Our pupils learn about all sorts of interesting topics, from 'Burps, Bottoms and Bile' to 'Star Gazers' to 'Alchemy Island'.  Tap on the expanding boxes below to read about the topics for each of our key stages this half term.  

EYFS (Nursery and Reception)

How high can I jump? (Nursery)

Let’s jump for joy! How high can I jump? How fast can I run? It’s time to find out more about sport, movement and physical activity.

This half term, we’ll visit an adventure playground or activity centre where we’ll explore different ways to move around. Back in the classroom, we’ll investigate if different types of balls, float or sink when in water. We’ll also observe, handle and draw a range of sports equipment, and learn how to identify which foods are healthy and unhealthy. Keeping active, we’ll join in with actions to traditional nursery rhymes, practise balancing along sports equipment, take part in keep fit sessions and join in with dancing from a range of genres and countries. In literacy, we’ll retell the story of The Hare and the Tortoise and describe our actions using simple and complex sentences. Using our maths skills, we’ll find out how high and how far we can jump by using standard and non-standard measures. We’ll also work together as a team to organise and take part in a sports challenge day. Be on the lookout for your invitation!

At the end of the project, we’ll invite you to a ‘Sports personality of the year’ presentation. What awards will we win? We’ll also write sentences to describe our sports day and use equipment to record what we have learnt during the project.

Help your child prepare for their project
Sport is super! Why not get those outdoor toys out of the shed and kick, bounce and slide the afternoon away together? You could make predictions about how high you both can jump and how fast you both can run, and put them to the test. When you’re finished being active, why not research how fast certain animals are and how high they can jump. Can you out-jump a kangaroo?

 

Why do zebras have stripes? (Reception)

Hamjambo! Why do zebras have stripes? Where do lions live? It’s time to discover amazing Africa and the wild animals that live there.

This half term, we’ll be visited by an African dance or music group who will teach us to dance, sing and play instruments. We’ll learn where Africa is and what the landscapes, people and wildlife are like across this stunning continent. Who are the Maasai? What is camouflage? Where is the Serengeti? Let’s find out! We’ll learn about what school is like for African children, use our senses to explore a ‘market stall’ of African foods and make African-style pancakes to fill with delicious ingredients. We’ll use our imaginations to explore African animals, record animal noises and write our own call and response songs. Using sticks, we’ll make African-themed marks in soggy soil, and create an African landscape using sand, rocks, gravel and driftwood. In mathematics, we’ll count and estimate animal numbers and in literacy, use labels and captions to identify animal traits. Then we’ll get creative, tapping out syllables on drums as we talk and trying our hand at African printing.

At the end of the project, we’ll make a book out of the photos we’ve taken. Then we’ll write a funny story about wild animals in unusual settings and play in the wild outdoors, pretending to be our favourite African beasts.

Help your child prepare for their project
Africa is awesome! Why not visit your local library together to find out more about this cool continent? You could also curl up on the sofa and watch The Lion King, Tarzan, Born Free or Madagascar. Alternatively, tear up coloured paper and work together to make a vibrant animal collage. Can you include a range of animal markings?

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Coastline

In the Coastline project, your child will use maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. They will also find out about the directions on a compass. They will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast. They will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI, what happened to the SS Rohilla and about the coastal town of Whitby, including how Captain Cook is linked to the town. They will research the tourism industry and consider what features make a place a successful tourist destination.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Playlist

Ssh… What’s that noise? Is it a bash, a crash, a shake or a hum?

This half term, we’ll listen to a live musical performance, picking out the different sounds and techniques. Roger McGough’s poem, The Sound Collector, will inspire us to go on a sound walk around school. We’ll investigate the volume of sounds and make vibrations using different equipment. Our toes will be tapping along to all kinds of music, and we’ll be listening to song lyrics to get lots of ideas to write our own. We’ll create artwork that represents jazz music, and look at famous, jazz-influenced art. We’ll find out how our ear works, how sound travels and learn about pitch. In D&T, we’ll investigate how musical instruments work and enjoy making our own. We’ll share our favourite music and explore how music is used in everyday life. As a challenge, we’ll create an uplifting celebration song.

It’s time for our encore! We’ll write information leaflets about pop stars and invite you to a performance to show off our musical and dancing skills.

Help your child prepare for their project
Music has the power to change our emotions, make us think and inspire us to dance! Why not talk to friends and relatives about music that was popular when they were younger? You could also watch performances online and think about how the music makes you feel. Alternatively, you could work together to learn a song by heart. Can you sing it without making any mistakes?

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

Stargazers

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky.

During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape.

At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth? Finally, we’ll invite you to our ‘Visitors’ centre’ and share our knowledge with you.

Help your child prepare for their project
The possibilities are endless when you’re thinking about the vastness of space. Why not work together to make a papier mâché model of your favourite planet? You could also watch a science-fiction film or read a book to see how space is presented. Alternatively, visit the local library together to find fascinating non-fiction books about space.