Autumn Term One
English - Greek Myths
The children start by reading a selection of Greek myths, using drama and inference to empathise with the characters and looking at the different themes in myths. They look at the author’s use of devices to build cohesion and different ways of indicating parenthesis.
For the final writing task, they brainstorm, plan and write their own myths, focusing on including powerful language and using devices of cohesion.
Science - Dangers to Living Things
In this unit the children will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies.
The children will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time.
Working Scientifically, the children will have the opportunity to plan an enquiry using a shadow stick and look at changes over time. They will take accurate measurements of the shadows formed, decide how to record them and present their findings. They will also identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute changing ideas about the Solar System.
Geography - Amazing America
In this unit about ancient Greece, the children will gain an understanding of where and when some key events during the ancient Greek period took place. They will explore what is meant by the terms ‘trade’, ‘civilisation’ and ‘empire’ and explore how, towards the end of the ancient Greek period, Alexander the Great grew an empire resulting in the Greek civilisation spreading more widely.
When learning about daily life in ancient Greece, the children will explore what life was like for different people who were enslaved during ancient Greek times. They will then independently research and feed back on different elements of daily life in ancient Greece. The children will also explore the differences between life in ancient Athens and ancient Sparta. They will learn about early democracy in Athens and take part in a debate about life in Athens and Sparta.
The children will use ancient Greek pottery as a primary source to help them gather evidence about the ancient Greek Olympics and make comparisons between the ancient Games and the modern Olympics. In addition to this, the children will learn about the beliefs of the ancient Greeks, producing fact files about the Greek gods and will sequence a simple story map of a version of the Trojan War and will explore historical evidence relating to the Trojan War.