term overview - autumn 2016

Our topic for this half term is "Rock Solid Learning"

Learning overview 

Rocks are very important in this term’s learning! We will be comparing and grouping different types of rocks based on their appearance and properties, looking at how fossils are formed within rocks and finding out how soils are made from rocks and organic matter. We will be investigating the rock that makes up the surface of the earth and how movement of this rock can cause earthquakes. We will be trying to find the answer to the question, “Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others?”

Thinking skills

Children will be continuing to use the techniques of “Philosophy for Children” to explore a range of subjects, by learning to ask questions and to discuss a range of possible answers. We will be using the traits of the tough tortoise, reflective owl, resourceful squirrel and the tick bird.

Christian Value (Covered in Acts of Worship and in class):

Friendship: We will be looking at how Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus.


In Literacy, the children will be continuing to improve their reading and writing skills across a wide range of genres and text types. We will be working together to look carefully at what to include in our writing to make it effective, building up a set of tools we can use to help us do that. In our reading we will be questioning why the author has written in a particular style or with certain vocabulary. What is the message that they are trying to get across to us as the reader? We are also looking to try to maintain or increase our enjoyment of reading, through all the places it can take us!


We will be starting the term by refreshing and building on our knowledge of place value. We will then use this learning to help us mentally add, subtract, divide and multiply continuously larger numbers. We will be exploring different written methods, comparing and contrasting to see which is most suitable for a certain situation. We will be trying our best to explain our working using words and apparatus to help us secure our knowledge.


We will be looking at the festival of Sukkot, during which Jewish people remember when God freed them from slavery in Egypt.


Together we will be looking at ‘New Beginnings’, discovering how we can become comfortable with new environments and people who surround us.


By the end of the unit the children will have gained knowledge of what causes earthquakes to occur and the variety of damage they can cause, based on the magnitude and the economic wealth of the location. They will have looked in detail at different kinds of rocks and their properties, linking back to the earth’s crust and the problems it can cause. We hope the children will begin to learn through asking questions for themselves and seeking the answer through a variety of methods.

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