Summer Term 2

Summer Term 2

English - The Shang Dynasty

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Did the Shang Dynasty really exist? They read the interactive eBook, retrieving and collating information about China. They explore historical evidence and timelines, answering questions and considering what information is true and relevant. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing a non-chronological report.

Maths - Geometry: angles and 2D shapes, position and direction During this half of the summer term we will be learning about Geometry, angles and 2D shapes, position and direction. During these units we will look at:

Science - Grouping Living Things In this unit, the class will identify common appliances that run on battery and mains electricity, and name some appliances that do the same job but are operated manually. They will learn the names and functions of simple electrical components including batteries, bulbs, buzzers, wires and switches. They will understand the need for a complete loop for a bulb to light or a buzzer to buzz, and will construct simple circuits to light a bulb and make a buzzer buzz. They will then insert a switch into the circuit to turn the bulb/buzzer on and off.

Working Scientifically, the children will raise questions related to electrical insulation and conductivity. They will plan and carry out investigations, make predictions, record results in appropriate ways and draw conclusions. They will apply knowledge about electrical circuits and conductors to design and make a switch.

History - Maya Civilisation This unit of work will teach the class all about the ancient Maya civilisation. The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica.

In addition to this, they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. They will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people.

The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and they will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate, arguing which was most important in a class debate.