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Church of England Academy

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St Matthew’s
Church of England Academy

Autumn 1


For this term, our class text is the Children of Winter. We will start by completing baseline writing assessments to see any gaps and look at using complex punctuation to enhance the quality of our writing. We will be learning about the plague and will visit Eyam in Derbyshire - where the book is set.



This half-term, we are learning about place value before moving on to addition and subtraction skills. TT Rockstars practise will be highly beneficial for ongoing development of multiplication skills.

Some useful websites for you to use at home are: (especially the Daily 10 section which the children use at school)





Our first topic in science is Earth and Space. By the end of the topic children should be able to: 


  • Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as spherical. 


  • Name the planets in the solar system independently.


  • Distinguish between heliocentric and geocentric ideas of planetary movement.


  • Explain that day and night is due to rotation of the Earth.


  • Support the idea that different places on Earth experience night and day at different times with evidence.


  • Report and present findings from enquiries.


  • Explain how the Moon moves relative to the Earth.




In this topic the children will study fiction and non-fiction texts relating to the Battle of Britain. They will use what they have learnt to answer comprehension questions and write their own recounts, propaganda posters and historical stories about this major turning point of World War II. By the end of the topic they should be able to:


  • Explain the purpose of wartime propaganda posters;


  • Recall key facts about the Battle of Britain;


  • Answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of the Battle of Britain




During the topic ‘North American Art’ we will learn how to draw the other half of a famous image, make collage landscapes, create body abstracts, make ‘building block’ houses, draw patterned skulls and be an artist’s model to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of American artists John Singer Sargent, Helen Frankenthaler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mary Cassatt, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and photographer Ansel Adams.





This investigation enables pupils to learn in depth from different religious and non-religious groups about belief in God. Pupils enquire into the key question- raising questions about the nature and existence of God focussing on Christian ideas about God. Pupils will consider why people do or don’t believe in God and the impact that might have on the way they live their everyday life. This investigation provides an opportunity to meet Christians, agnostics and atheists and ask questions about why they do or don’t believe in God




All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Happy, a Pop song by Pharrell Williams

Children will learn to listen & Appraise; complete progressive warm-up games, flexible games and improvisation.




This unit, entitled It’s My Body, explores the choices children can make about looking after their bodies. The lessons look at making safer choices about their bodies, sleep and exercise, diet, cleanliness and substances. Children will learn facts about each of these areas and learn strategies on how to manage them. The message of choice and consent runs through the unit and children are encouraged to get help from trusted adults when necessary.