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Spring: Island Hoppers


During the spring term our new topic is named Island Hoppers. Our class text will be Song of the Dolphin Boy, written by the Award-winning Elizabeth Laird. It is a heart-warming story about young Finn, a misfit boy who is bullied at school, finding peace when he suddenly slips into the sea and finds that he can swim with the dolphins. It is also a powerful story about the terrible threat to the sea and all the creatures that live in it from the amount of plastic waste in our oceans. When Finn realises that his friends are at risk from all the waste, he does everything he can to save them.


This links perfectly into our science unit of animals including humans, our PSHE of setting themselves goals and challenges and our Humanities unit looking at island life and comparing geographic features. We will be focusing on Iceland and Malta, comparing and contrasting land use, climate, jobs and geographical features to deepen our understanding of European Islands. The book will act as the thread that ties all of our learning together, we will use this as a stimulus for all our writing and develop our skills using this to support our ideas.


Autumn: Disaster Strikes! 


Our first topic is sure to excite and engage the class! Our first River of Knowledge topic ‘Disaster Strikes!’ will immerse the children in the history and culture of the Roman era. We will begin by building a timeline of the key events during this period of history allowing us to understandthe wider impact of Romans and the implications on today’s society for example the invention of the calendar! We will focus on the role of the Roman army, key figures in history such as Boudica and Julius Caesar and the role they played. Our topic work is made up of lots of exciting practical tasks such as drama, arts and cookery to provide a true Roman experience!  In the second half term, we will focus on natural disasters specifically volcanos with a key focus on Pompeii linking to our knowledge of Rome.