Class 4

Spring 1 2020 Statement


Our Literacy this term is closely linked to both our Topic and R.E Units – looking at The Ancient Civilisation of Benin, and Race/Racism.

We will find out about the apartheid system in South Africa, read Nelson Mandela’s A long Walk to Freedom and then use this information to write a detailed Biography of Nelson Mandela. We will look at stories from other cultures, focusing on Nigeria as this is the area where The Benin lived. We will then plan and write our own stories/ creation myths. We will also research and write about a range of inspirational figures, again linked to our R.E lessons. We will also look at the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah, paying attention to rhyme and rhythm. We will write and perform our own poems. We will also look at argument texts, linking to animals and zoos, debating the merits of zoo’s.

Our class novel is The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo, we will be reading the book during our Guided Reading sessions, answering a range of comprehension questions – using our P.E.E (point – evidence –explanation) to answer in detail. We will also be looking at past Reading Tests, building up our reading stamina, and learning how to locate specific answers from a range of texts. It is essential children are reading at home, and they will be writing weekly reviews to evidence this reading – both fiction and non- fiction texts.

In our SPAG, I will be ensuring children have a good understanding of grammatical terminology and are able to apply this knowledge in their own writing. I will be paying particular attention to punctuation, looking at ways to extend punctuation within their writing.

Spelling patterns will be taught and tested daily, and again there will be linked homework. It is vital that children are secure in their spelling as spelling counts for 30% of the new SPAG test.



  • All children need to know their tables to 12, this is an absolute necessity in year 6 if they are to access the curriculum – so practise at home!

In our numeracy we will spend the first couple of weeks practising number operations, with an emphasis on multiplication and division methods – including whole and decimal numbers. Then we will apply this knowledge by answering a range of word problems – up to five steps.

Then we will concentrate on fractions, decimals, and percentages. I will make sure all children are able to find fraction amounts, compare and order fractions, simplify fractions, then add and subtract fractions – leading up to multiplying and dividing fractions. Then we will link this knowledge to percentages and decimals, looking at how to convert the different units. We will learn how to find percentage amounts, and then use all our understanding to help us solve word problems, including reasoning.

We will then move on to ratio and proportion, making links with fractions and percentages. Finally we look at measures, particularly conversions – potting across 4 quadrants and some shape revision.

At the end of the term the class will sit a sample SAT Test, enabling me to plan for next term.


Science- Living Things and their Habitats

In science we will be looking at how living things are classified – using a range of sorting and classification keys. We will identify and sort vertebrates and invertebrates. We will look at habitats and how plants and animals are suited to these environments.

Then we will find out about the different types of Micro – Organisms, investigating yeast and different types of mould.

Finally, we will find out about viruses and how illnesses are spread – exploring ways to help prevent the spread of diseases and viruses.


The Ancient Kingdom of Benin

In this unit we will find out both historical and geographical (physical and human) facts about Nigeria. We will use atlases and google earth to find out how landscape and climate impact on people’s lives. We will create a time line and compare with what people in Britain were doing in the same time period. We will look at various sources from the past and the present, analysing what they tell us and becoming aware of the reliability/ unreliability of different sources. We will study artefacts, listen to stories, read accounts. We will look at key events, the history of Benin their art and culture, daily life, wars and religion. We will find out how the Benin ruled their Kingdom – looking at the Kings, Queens and chiefs and also lives of ordinary people. We will study religious beliefs and read examples of creation stories, using them to inspire our own creation myths. T end we will discover how the kingdom came to an end, looking at the Benin massacres. We will try to understand why Europeans travelled to Africa and look at the impact this had on Nigeria. Finally we will debate if treasures/ artefacts of The Benin should be returned to Nigeria or remain in museums around the world.


Our Art and DT is linked to our Topic, where we will look at Benin Art, particularly plaques and masks, we will sketch these using observational skills. W=Then using clay we will make our own plaques and masks. We will also look at Nigerian cloth and print making. We will design a repeating pattern, using African Adrie symbols, we will print using polystyrene tiles, and blue food dye and flour. We will also use pastels to create an African Landscape, looking at colour theory and the work of Tony Hudson. We will also use felt to make small hangings, inspired by African creation myths. Then, finally we will look at some contemporary African artists – Basquiat and   Chris Ofili – we will combine oil pastels, paint ink and collage to create our own eclectic versions.



Our R.E focus this half term is Race. Throughout this unit we will begin to understand the meaning of diversity and discrimination. Using Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem The British we will look at what it means to British, unpicking stereotypes realising how many stereotypes are incorrect. We will look at racism and what racism means, looking at different people from the past who have been discriminated against due to their colour or race. We will study a range of inspirational people, from Ghandi to Yousafzai Malala, looking at how their religious beliefs informed their actions. We will write poems about dreams, inspired by Martin Luther King and then we will think about what it means to be multi-cultural. We will look at diversity within and between different religions – asking how different religions can work together.





Our P.E this half term is Gymnastics, where we will be focusing on balances and counter balances. We will also be linking to science and keeping healthy – looking at what happens to our bodies when we exercise – especially the heart and lungs.


I will weave ICT throughout all or work, teaching and embedding new skills.


As you can see a very busy half term!

This half term is a really important one in year 6 as it allows me to really judge how much of the curriculum the children have learnt, enabling me to plan effectively for the lead up to the May tests.


Deborah Gardner