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Saint Mary's

RC Primary School

We live, learn and grow together with Jesus

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Saint Mary's

RC Primary School

We live, learn and grow together with Jesus

Autumn Term


In English this term we will be studying - Cinquain's about animals, explanation texts explaining the life cycle of a frog and fantasy/adventure writing focusing on the book 'Tuesday' by David Weisner. The writing skills we will focus on are:

  • Letter formation, word spacing and joined handwriting
  • Good understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
  • Effective use of verbs and adjectives and thesaurus work
  • Subordinating conjunctions and complex sentences
  • Impersonal tone
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Similes and metaphors
  • Varying sentence types
  • Relative clauses
  • Tense
  • Written dialogue 
  • Fronted adverbials
  • Punctuation
  • Parenthesis
  • Paragraphs
  • Evaluating, proof reading and editing skills
  • Performing poetry


Whole Class Reading

Our Author for the Spring Term is Ben Davies who wrote the book 'What's that in dog years?'. The children will study this book in class and answer a range of questions about it in pairs as well as independently.



In maths the children will be learning all about Number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions. We will focus on numbers up to 1,000,000 and also Roman numerals, powers of 10, place value and rounding of numbers as well as estimating using number lines. In addition and subtraction we will work on mental arithmetic, column methods, missing number sums and inverse operations. We will then learn about factors, multiples, common multiples, prime numbers, square numbers and cubed numbers. We will also learn how to multiply and divide by 10,100 and 1000 using our place value knowledge. In our fractions topic, we will understand the parts of a fraction and recognise fractions of amount and quantities. We will then compare, order and add fractions and study mixed number fractions. 



In science we will be looking at animal and human life cycles. We will describe humans as they develop and learn about what animals need to stay alive focusing on: moving, feeding, growing, senses, reproduction (MRS GREN) and research areas such as the gestation period. Later in the term, we will be looking at observing life cycles. We will discuss different life cycles of mammals, insects, amphibians and birds. Describe the life process and reproduction of some animals and plants. We will compare animals in different habitats and study plant growth.



History takes place on a Tuesday afternoon and is taught by Mrs Bentley, this term the children will be learning all about Ancient Egypt! We will learn who the Ancient Egyptians were...What was life like in Ancient Egypt....The ritual of Mummification.....Who was Tutankhamun?.....How to write like an Egyptian and finally who were the Gods of Egypt!!! We will mummify a tomato! Design and make a Shadouf!! 



Art takes place on a Tuesday afternoon and is taught by Mrs Bentley, this term the children will be working on self portraits.  We will be concentrating on the skill of drawing a self portrait using the Egyptian Pharaohs for inspiration!


Design and technology

DT takes place on a Tuesday afternoon and is taught by Mrs Bentley, this term the children will be working on teamwork in design and creation.  As a team you will be designing and testing an  Egyptian Shadouf!



In PE will will begin the year with Dodgeball and Creative games, focusing on numerous skills. We will then learn Gymnastic skills and also take part in our first swimming lessons of the year.



This term we will be studying 'The Blues' .We will learn the features of blues music and listen to a variety of Blues songs. We will also learn the 12 bar blues and improvise using the blues scales. We will also write our own blues songs and perform them.



In French we are focusing on describing our family.



In RE we will be learning about how we are children of God and made in the likeness of God. we will be celebrating our qualities and talents and thanking God for making us all unique. We will then study the sacrament of marriage. We will then study another religion; focusing on Judaism. We will then move onto Advent and the hope Isaiah showed about the arrival of Jesus, our saviour.



In computing we are learning about databases and how we can search for information and create graphs using different databases. We will then attend Mt Carmel high school for some computing lessons which will focus on net working. Finally, we will create our own games using 'Game Creator' on purple mash. 



In the spring term for PSHE we focus on:

Families and friendships-Managing friendships and peer influence

Safe relationships-Physical contact and feeling safe

Respecting ourselves and others-Responding respectfully to a wide range of people; recognising prejudice and discrimination









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