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Spring term topic - Frozen kingdom

Frozen Kingdom

In the Frozen Kingdoms project, your child will learn about the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. They will learn about the similarities and differences between these two regions, including the climate, landscape and natural resources. They will learn how to use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols to identify the geographical locations of the Arctic and Antarctic, and how these, along with the tilt of the Earth, affect day length and warmth. They will investigate polar oceans to learn how they differ from other oceans on Earth and how climate change increases Earth's temperature and leads to rising sea levels. They will learn about the indigenous people of the Arctic, including how their lives have changed over time, and about the positives and negatives of tourism in Antarctica. They will also learn about classifying animals, animal adaptations and evolution, and polar exploration and discovery.

Suggested text

The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Memorable experiencePolar expedition
Innovate challengeDiscovering the Arctic
GeographyArctic and Antarctic regions; Lines of latitude and longitude; Polar climates; Polar day and night; Polar oceans; Polar landscapes; Climate change; Natural resources; Indigenous people; Tourism
EnglishNon-chronological reports; Haiku poetry; Newspaper reports; Adventure narratives
HistoryPolar exploration; Significant people – Robert Falcon Scott; Ernest Shackleton; Significant events – Titanic
ScienceClassifying living things; Classification keys; Adaptation; Investigations

Over the Christmas holidays , we would like the children to become engaged in our new topic `Frozen Kingdom`. This unit focusses on the polar regions. You will find some useful resources to help in the section underneath. The children do not have to be restricted to these ideas. If a particular region, animal, culture interests them, then please support them to research their ideas. They can also present their ideas in a way that suits them such as  writing, diagrams, a piece of art, making a model. Be as creative as you can! We look forward to seeing all your ideas in January!

Autumn Term Topic

In the Maafa project, your child will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Your child will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Your child will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.

PSHEPrejudice and discrimination; Diversity and multiculturism
Suggested text

Freedom - Catherine Johnson

Memorable experienceExploring Africa today
Innovate challengeInspirational black Britons
HistoryAncient African kingdoms; Development of the transatlantic slave trade; Britain's role in the slave trade; Human impact; Everyday life on plantations; Rebellion and marronage; Causes and consequences of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery; Colonisation of Africa; Black people in 20th century Britain; Race Relations Act; Equality Act; Significant black Britons; Multiculturalism
EnglishNewspaper reports; Persuasive letters; Non-chronological reports; Acrostic poems
GeographyAfrica – countries, land use, natural resources, location, settlements, population, climate and physical features

Mathematics

Additional information on the teaching of Mathematics and how to support your child at home can be found:

External Links

Here is a list of recommended links that can be used by your children every day:

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