In Term 5, Skylarks will be splitting our study into two distinct areas: we will be developing our understanding of fractions from Term 4 into decimals and percentages and then we will also be exploring measures. In decimals and percentages we will begin by familiarising ourselves with what decimal numbers are, representing them in different ways and understanding the value of each digit in a decimal number. Next we will be thinking about percentages and how to find them. Later we will be comparing fractions, decimals and percentages in different practical ways. In measures we will begin by refreshing our understanding of how to read a scale accurately before exploding length, mass, volume and time in a range of practical, real-life activities. Throughout our learning we will be applying reasoning and problem solving skills to deepen and broaden our understanding in each area.
Our English focus in Term 5 will be persuasion and advertising. We will be using our topic theme of Social Enterprise to explore different aspects of the school environment. The children will also be learning about how to be persuasive and then applying this understanding to persuade other people about the need to look after the environment in different ways. In reading lessons we will be exploring a wide range of skills using the book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell as subject matter.
Our topic this term is ‘Enterprise' which is always a very popular topic with the children. This year we will be giving the subject an interesting twist by considering Social Enterprise - this is the application of enterprise to improving our wider society or the environment. To kick the topic off we will be visiting Hill Holt Wood which is a social enterprise venture near Newark. Hill Holt Wood do lots of social enterprise but one of their main concerns is the development of ecologically sound design and architecture. We will be using the inspiration gained from our visit to think about how we could adopt a social enterprise approach to improving our own school environment. The children will be working in mixed-age Chatter groups throughout the term to address the following four concerns: Waste Minimisation, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation and our Outdoor Environment. The children always surprise us with their innovation and we can't wait to see what they come up with - it's going to be an exciting term!
In Term 5 our Learning Behaviour(s) is Collaboration. Educational research shows that well-structured collaboration has a significantly positive impact on children's learning and development. We will be encouraging the children to work together in groups and teams throughout the term - particularly during our Enterprise topic work.