Mr Gordon's Class
Welcome to our class page,
Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all healthy and prosperous 2019. It’s the start of another very exciting year and we have lots planned!
I would very much appreciate the continued support of your child’s learning and I encourage you to ask me for any extra resources/advice if you require them.
We are lucky enough to have some fabulous teaching assistants in our class in Miss Logan and Mrs Davies. They will continue to work really hard to support individual and groups of children throughout the year.
Events for Class DG
Geography (Spring 1) – Eruption! (Volcanoes)
Marvellous Maps allows children to further explore the range of maps available to geographers and to develop their understanding of the key features of maps. Children will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. The will learn to use the eight compass points to give directions and give grid references to locate places on a map. By comparing maps of the same place, children will learn about the way that places have changed over time.
The children will be exploring one of the most fascinating phenomena on Earth with this 'Volcanoes' topic. The class will be geographically inspired as they learn about volcanoes and where they are found in the world. The children will begin to understand why volcanoes erupt, how they erupt and the impact an eruption has on the environment. They will have the opportunity to explore two volcanic areas in detail and will investigate the flora and fauna that inhabit these areas.
History (Spring 2) – The Romans
In this unit, the class will learn about the impact the Roman empire had on life in Britain. They will learn about the spread of the Roman empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bathhouses. In addition to this, they will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca's rebellion from different perspectives. The children will also investigate Hadrian's Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. They will also learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. A lesson on gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people, and they will play and design games to consolidate their knowledge about the different Roman gods and goddesses.
R.E (Spring 1)- What do Hindus celebrate?
The children will find out about different Hindu celebrations in this interesting unit. The class will learn about Hindu beliefs, childhood celebrations, weddings, Divali, Raksha Bandhan and Ganesh Chaturthi.
R.E (Spring 2) – What do we know about Jesus?
After half term, we will be delving a little deeper into the character of Jesus in this informative and engaging unit. The class will have the chance to look at varying representations of Jesus and explore whether any of these can be accurate before finding out what the Bible tells us about his personality, actions and life. As well as using the Gospels, the class will study opinions about Jesus from a range of Biblical characters and explore why not everyone liked or trusted him, before looking at what Jesus said about himself.
Science (Spring 1 – Year 3) - Light and shadows
This ‘Light and Shadows’ unit will teach your class about light, reflections and shadows. They will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials, in the context of designing a new book bag. They will work in a hands on way to play a range of mirror games, finding out more about reflective surfaces. Furthermore, they will learn that the sun’s light can be dangerous, and will create an advert for a pair of sunglasses or a sun hat that they have designed. The children will have chance to test which objects are opaque in an exciting investigation to design the most effective curtains, and will find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.
Science (Spring 2 – Year 3) – Forces and magnets
This ‘Forces and Magnets’ unit will teach your class about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. They will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. They will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials. Furthermore, they will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet. The children will have chance to explore the way magnetic poles can attract and repel in an exciting activity, making their own compass and using it to find hidden items. The children will use their understanding of magnetic attraction to design and create their own magnetic game. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.
Science (Spring 1 – Year 4) – Sound
This ‘Sound’ unit will teach the class about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness. The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school. They will work in groups to create a human model of the way particles pass sound vibrations on, and write and star in their own documentary explaining how sound travels. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made to create their own set of pan pipes. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing, in the context of making a music studio quieter.
Science (Spring 2 – Year 4) – Electricity
This unit is the first introduction to studying electricity in Key Stage 2. Children will learn about what electricity is and how it was discovered. They will identify which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. Children will construct circuits, start to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.
Design and Technology:
In DT, the children will have the opportunity to research, plan and produce 3D models of volcanoes which will erupt to coincide with their topic. The children will love this unit as they have a mix of ICT, DT, Art and Science as they participate in this project.
To coincide with our Romans topic, the children will research and produce Roman Mosaics in order to enhance the children’s learning of this fascinating period of history.
PE - this term will now be on a Monday with Chris Schofield (Local ex-professional cricketer) and with myself (Mr Gordon) on a Wednesday. Your child is expected to bring their correct PE kit so that they can take part in the lessons. If your child is unable to take part in PE, a written note or verbal message must be passed on to an adult.