**The Space Race**
This term in Red Kites, we'll be learning about the Space Race.
The key players during the 1950s and 1960s were the United States of America (USA), and the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). We'll be finding out about the differences in their societies - Capitalist versus Socialist - and how that impacted their approaches to the challenge of space exploration. We'll find out about the 'space heroes', the main political leaders, and most importantly who won the race!
We'll be reading lots of short stories and longer tales with space exploration as a focus, but our whole class reading teaching will be using The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This is a classic story, written using powerful vocabulary that the children will be able to learn and transfer into their own writing. Its themes also link with the general feeling of western society during the 1960s.
At the end of term we'll have a film afternoon to watch one of the film adaptations of the book so we can look for similarities and differences between the film and the book.
We've already read a whole book this term - a hilarious romp through time narrated by a dad on his way to get more milk. "Fortunately, the milk" by Neil Gaiman.
We read another book by Neil Gaiman last term, "The Wolves in the Walls". What we now know is that when the wolves come out the walls, it's all over...
Romans on the Rampage
During their first term in Key Stage 2, Red Kites will be learning about the history of the Roman Empire, the Roman occupation of Britain, and finding out how the occupiers changed life permanently on our island.
We start by finding out about the Celtic tribes who lived in Britain 3000 years ago, particularly their way of life. By doing this we can really see how different life became once the Romans arrived.
In English, children will study the legionaries so be prepared for plenty of facts as we research these elite soldiers. We’ll start this term by putting together a non-chronological report so don’t be surprised if you hear lots of information about these soldiers, including the most crucial stuff such as where these soldiers went to the loo and how they wiped their bottoms!
Later on in the term we'll be considering the rebellion side of Empire, writing radio scripts as if we had witnessed Boudicca's battle at St Albans.
Children will acquire and practise skills in Art, making Roman mosaics and busts, in D&T, we will be creating shields.
We will be going on a Roman themed trip on Monday 17th September.
This term's maths lessons will focus on place value, addition and subtraction.
In addition to our tables facts, we have another key skill to master during year 3; that of telling the time. Christmas is coming up, and a 'time teller' watch is a good gift to add to the list! It would help if you could have discussions at home about time telling, and working out time intervals.
Science this term is quite varied. We start looking at types of rocks and how soil is made, then discover Victorian fossil hunting and Roman volcano disasters.
We hope to run a museum trip to do some proper fossil fondling later in the term.
This term in Red Kites we will be finding out about Extreme Survivors.
Our writing focus for the term is about informing our readers, so we'll be writing reports, leaflets and explanations.
We'll start off finding out about polar bears and the polar environment, producing a page for an information book. We'll move on to learning about the Marathon de Sables, writing a 'desert survival guide' for runners. In the second half of the term we'll be finding out about the problem with plastic in our oceans, and the struggle to survive for sea creatures. We'll be focusing on deep sea creatures and explaining how they can survive in such an extreme environment.
We'll be relating that to our own impact on the planet, writing a newspaper report and reading a futuristic science fiction digitext called 'The Last Mission' in which humans and amphi-beings fight for survival.
This all links together with our trip later in the term to Youlbury for a survival day. We'll be doing archery, abseiling, shelter building and backwoods cooking on the fire.
Throughout the term we'll be looking at various non-fiction texts based around the subject of climate and survival in guided reading.
In science we'll be combining last term's work on healthy eating and healthy bodies with a focus on how humans adapt to different environments, and how to cook healthy balanced meals. We'll be designing menus and cooking various dishes.
In PE we'll be continuing with gymnastics and dance, since both of these terms are so short. Our dances will be around extreme weather and planetary events, gymnastics will be continuing our work on body shapes using apparatus.
Take a look at the curriculum map for the term to find out more detail of spelling, grammar, punctuation, art etc.
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mrs Gibbard
Welcome back everyone, we hope you had a good Christmas break and Father Christmas was generous!
Term Three in Red Kites welcomes ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’- yes, you guessed it, we are doing everything Circus!
We’ll be kicking off the term with Circus All-Stars coming into school; they will be running two circus skills workshop over the first few weeks. The workshops will teach children a range of talents such as plate spinning, juggling and tight rope walking. These will be incorporated into our gymnastic and dance sessions over the coming term.
In English, children will be reading the novel ‘Circus of Thieves’, by William Sutcliffe. This book will provide inspiration for children to write their own circus stories. A key focus will be on developing children’s language, particularly in relation to descriptions of both setting and characters. Poetry will also be an emphasis this term, where children will read, respond to, write and perform poetry.
In Maths we will be developing sophisticated methods for multiplication and division. Children will learn to use expanded and compact grid methods for multiplication and division. Later in the term, we will learn to tell time using analogue, digital and 24 hour clocks - estimating and recording time in minutes and seconds.
Science will offer children an opportunity to learn about the human form. Children will develop knowledge of the skeleton and its function, the muscles and breathing. There will be opportunities to complete lung capacity and muscle investigations.
In Art we will be looking at Marc Chagall, a Russian artist, who, as a child, had been fascinated by the travelling acrobats he saw at village fairs. He created dreamlike replications of what he saw and these will provide us a starting point to create our own pictures with pastels and paint.
This gives you a taster of things to come in Term 3 - do take a look at our curriculum map if you would like more information on what we’re covering
We look forward to a short but fun filled term!
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mrs Gibbard.
Welcome to Red Kites, we hope you’ve all enjoyed a relaxing break and are ready for what we hope will be a fantastic term!
We have already introduced children to our topic, ‘Rise of the Robots’ and are delighted that it has struck their interest immediately. Over the term we will be learning all about the rise of robots and hope to answer some key questions:
Where did it all begin?
What did the first computer look like?
Who is Tim Berners-Lee?
How have robots evolved and what will we see in the future?
Our class book will be The Iron Man by Ted Hughes; each child will have a copy of the book and will be able to read along with us in class. This will be the focus for much of our work throughout the term.
In English we'll be writing to inform and entertain. We'll start by writing diary entries and move on to retelling parts of the story of The Iron Man. Towards the second part of this term we’ll be learning all about features of newspapers and will produce our own reports.
In Maths we'll be focusing on place value, and addition and subtraction. This term we are excited about maths because we'll be using lots of equipment to help us visualise our calculations.
May the force be with us? Let’s hope so, as children will learn all about forces this term, starting off with getting to grips with what a force is. We hope to provide lots of hands on fun and plenty of practical experiments and investigations.
In art we'll be finding out about artists including Eric Joyner, a contemporary American artist whose body of work has focused on robots and donuts. Look out for our replica in the coming weeks.
In PE this term we'll be going swimming every Wednesday so please ensure children have their kit every week. You will have received a letter detailing everything you need to know but please ask if you have any questions. We will also have some time to do some dance this term and if we’re feeling brave may invite you in for a mini preview…
We'll be doing phonics or spelling every day, so the focus will change regularly.
To begin with we'll be making sure we know our 2, 5 and 10 times tables (including division facts), so follow the links below to get a head start with some online games.
In Spanish we'll be learning our vowel sounds, counting to 10, introducing ourselves and using vocabulary for items in the classroom. In addition we’ll be doing the register and lunches in Spanish too.
We have an idea for a great trip, so watch this space.
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mrs Gibbard.
If you want to be a successful employee of Atlas Adventures, study maps… study the globe… do you know enough about the world to sell a holiday to a client who just wants ‘somewhere hot but not too hot’? Could you sell a holiday to a client who wants ‘to do some walking up hills with nice views’? Could you sell a holiday to a client who ‘is a bit scared of flying, but wants to go to a desert island’?
This term we’re trying something different in Red Kites. The adults have thought about the general direction of the term’s topic, but the children are going to decide the detail as the term goes on.
We will be running a travel agency called Atlas Adventures. The children will be working for Atlas Adventures, and dealing with all situations that might affect the organisation.
We know that there will be some creative maths (which will require us to learn some new maths skills), there will be some persuasive, informative and entertaining writing, some musical composition, some history expertise and obviously a lot of geographical and language skills used throughout the seven weeks…. what we don’t know yet is the detail.
Check back here each week to see how Atlas Adventures fares in the competitive world of imaginative travel.
Curriculum map (so far) below.
We are now just a few days into term 5 and have already got stuck into our new topic based around The Arts! The children may have talked to you about our superb Shakespearean workshop in which they were introduced to ‘The Tempest’. We are all really excited about this play and looking forward to putting on our own performance later in the term.
For those of you who are not familiar with this play, it is tale of magic, deception, revenge, and marriage and is thought to be one of Shakespeare’s last plays, written around 1610. To read more about the plot and characters take a peek at https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest/about-the-play.
Over the past few days children have been researching Shakespeare, learning about his life and how he came to be, arguably, one of the greatest writers of all time. Following on from our drama workshop we have been busy writing a diary extract from the point of view of Miranda, who watched ‘The Tempest’ unfold! After that, the children will learn how to write a synopsis of the play and then produce detailed character descriptions of their favourite dramatis personae. This will give children a great opportunity to produce some descriptive writing, scene setting using fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses, expanded noun phrases, and other parts of language taught this year.
Our focus in Maths is measure. We will start by looking at weight and mass and move on to capacity and length. Children will compare mixed units and simple equivalents. They will build on their understanding of place value and decimal notation to record metric units.
We will be sending times table homework home for terms 5 and 6. This will be sent out every Wednesday and will need to be returned by the following Tuesday. The first homework will be sent on Wednesday 3rd May.
We have lots of exciting topic work planned such as shadow puppets in Science, historical investigation and creative opportunities which will involve sewing and creations of Shakspeare's Globe theatre.
For more information on what we are up to this term please look at the uploaded curriculum map.
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mr Wooster.
A sneaky hint about next term's topic - we're not giving any more away until Tuesday 25th April when the Young Shakespeare Company will be coming in to work with Red Kites on a performance.
Term 4 - Week 1
Red Kites have been learning how to add fractions in Maths.
We have been adding fractions where the denominator remains the same, making fraction pairs that equal 1 and using a number line to help add larger fractions that equal 1. Some of us also learned how to add fractions that were greater than 1!
Superb Maths Red Kites.
First Flights to Future Flights
Term 4 in Red Kites will see us learning about the history of flight and the future of space flight. We'll be visiting @Bristol science centre to take part in a workshop about rocket flight, and carrying out our own investigations into aerodynamic design. We'll also be learning about other aspects of fantastic forces - magnets and friction.
We'll be writing instructions on how to build the most aerodynamic paper plane, explanations in science about how rockets leave our atmosphere, a non-chronological report about a planet of the solar system and a radio script reporting the news of the first man on the moon. Our extended assessed writing will be a biography of an astronaut following on from our work on biography during term 3.
In maths our main focus will be on fractions and decimals and we'll be continuing to learn our times tables. As with maths already this year, we'll be using lots of models and images to practice and 'play' with the maths before we look at the more abstract methods using number. We'll also be using lots of our decimal maths in science to help with accurate measurements.
Art will involve creating aerodynamic planes in different medium, Mothers Day cards and space art in the style of Peter Thorpe.
In RE we'll continue to compare creation stories from different religions and beliefs, including those from Egypt, Australian Aborigines, West Africa and the Polynesian islands.
Brass has finished for Red Kites this term (there will be an opportunity to continue with paid lessons next year if you want to), so we'll be focusing on singing in music for the rest of the year. We'll look at harmonising and learning rounds.
Another jam packed term, with some exciting trips and visitors included!
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mr Wooster
26th January 2017
Great trip to the Natural History Museum yesterday. Thank you to Mrs Orlando, Mrs Porter and Mrs Curran for coming along to help. It was a busy day, although we managed a whistle-stop tour of all the key areas that were relevant to our topic. We also spent some time in the basement of the museum being real paleontologists - uncovering a dinosaur skull fossil and working out which one it was using available evidence.
Our topic throughout school this term is 'Game Changers'. Red Kites have chosen Mary Anning (1799-1847), she was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in Dorset. It was only much later that Anning would be remembered as an important contributor to palaeontology, due to her being female!
Our English focus is writing to inform and writing to entertain.
To begin we will be writing a biography on Mary Anning and will be doing lots of research to discover more about her.
What happened to Mary when she was a young baby?
What are the names of some of the fossils Mary found?
What happened to Mary’s father?
Where are some of Mary’s fossil today?
Red Kites will have a go at creating a non-chronological report on dinosaurs so be prepared to hear lots of facts about these prehistoric creatures.
Towards the end of this term children will be writing stories based on ‘A Night at the Museum’ which we hope they will turn into animations using Movie Maker!
In Maths we will continue doing work on multiplication and division and will move on to fractions towards the end of the term.
In science children will do rock and soil investigations. They will learn how to categorise rocks, how to identify rocks and check hardiness and permeability of rocks. Children will have a chance to produce their own fossils from plaster of paris.
In history children will be learning about how Anning's significant geological discoveries impacted on new ideas about the history of the Earth.
Children will also be looking at creation stories in RE and comparing these stories across the globe.
Our school trip has been booked for Wednesday 25th January. We will be visiting The National History Museum in London. More information on this will follow shortly.
Red Kites will start swimming from Wednesday 11th January. You will have received a letter about this before Christmas. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them every Wednesday.
We look forward to a fun filled term!
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope and Mr Wooster.
The Drayton to Delhi Express
In maths we will spend the first week consolidating our knowledge of written addition and subtraction through the use of bar models to help solve word problems. We'll then change focus and spend the rest of term on multiplication and division. It is really important that children learn their times tables facts (see link at the bottom of the page to some games that might help). There will be homework set for tables learning once a week, and a test on Thursdays. The test will focus on the use of facts in real life scenarios rather than just the straight forward 'facts'.
In Red Kites reading will be taught to the whole class, looking at myths, legends and traditional stories of the UK and India. We'll consider use of language, character development and similarities between 'word of mouth' stories in different cultures. We'll also have one guided reading session a week when children will have chance to examine texts in more detail with support from an adult. We're lucky in that the new Treetops series of books will be displayed in our classroom - many children in both years 3 and 4 will be using this scheme over the next year. We'll be letting you have more information about this during the first two weeks of term.
In science our focus shifts from electricity to states of matter. This links nicely with comparison of climate and weather, considering the change in state of water. Rain is a key weather phenomenon for both countries.
India is a country of many religions, as is the UK. We'll be finding out about how Hindu families worship, we'll compare symbols and religious figures of Hinduism and Christianity, and produce some art and written work related to the festival of Diwali. We'll also be making collaborative rangoli pieces in different media and finding out about henna patterns for hands and feet.
In PE this term Mr Mills will be teaching hockey and Mrs Hodder will be teaching gymnastics. Please have your PE kit in school every day (including something that is warm for being outdoors) to allow some flexibility in our timetable.
Brass lessons will continue, and we'll be learning songs for the KS2 Christmas performance.
It's a packed term!
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope, Mr Wooster and Mrs Kirk
Red Kites' Robot Army!
This term the Red Kites will be finding out about the 'Rise of the Robots'. We'll be finding out about the history of the computer:
When was the Internet invented?
What did the first computer look like?
Who is Tim Berners-Lee?
How have robots evolved?
In English we'll be writing to inform. We'll be producing newspaper reports, pages from non-fiction books, diaries, radio scripts and presentations. In maths we'll be focusing on place value, and addition and subtraction. This term we are excited about maths because we'll be using lots of new equipment to help us visualise our calculations.
Our class book will be The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We'll also be reading some of his other stories and poems.
In science we'll be finding out about electricity, how to use it safely, and discovering which are the best materials for conducting electrical currents. In art we'll be finding out about artists including Eric Joiner, who painted lots of robots. In PE this term we'll be doing dance and outdoor team games.
We'll be doing phonics or spelling every day, so the focus will change regularly. To begin with we'll be making sure we know our 2, 5 and 10 times tables (including division facts), so follow the links below to get a head start with some online games.
In French we'll be introducing ourselves and using vocabulary for items in the classroom, as well as learning to follow classroom instructions in French. In RE we'll be finding out whether Christians have to take communion.
We have an idea for a great trip, so watch this space. It looks like it's going to be a fun term!
Mrs Hodder, Miss Pope, Mr Wooster and Mrs Kirk
Wednesday 7th September
Representing numbers using Base 10 and Place Value counters.
Thursday 9th September
In our science lesson today, Samuel told me in great detail how electrical circuits only work if the electricity can flow through a conductor. A conductor is usually something made of metal, as he is demonstrating with this pair of scissors.
Red Kites 'do' Eric Joyner's "Robots and Donuts"