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Church of England Academy

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Church of England Academy



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 statistics including pie charts, line graphs and circles (radius, diameter and circumference).  

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





Our next topic in science is light. We will be learning to:


  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them




A study of local history learning about the local area of Rough Close. 




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 two songs: Bacharach Anorak and Meet The Blues. The genre is jazz. 




This unit, Think Positive, will include the following learning:

  • The concept of the cognitive triangle

  • The difference between thoughts and facts

  • Ways to face their feelings

  • Choices and consequences that their thoughts and actions have

  • Ways to be present

  • Feeling positive about goals and future achievements

  • Self-belief when goal setting