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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Life Down Under

Join Henry the Explorer as we explore the world and think about how we look after and care for one another in our different communities finding out about explorers of the past in history and whether they made the right choices. Through geography we discover the differences in our lands(both human and physical) between the UK and Australia using our computing skills to research safely. In music we discover some South African tunes and use our bodies to help create new pieces. During science we learn about the different animals and habitats of these places and begin to learn how food chains work. Finally, we create some remarkable drawings in art as we use the landscapes and environment to inspire us. 

This term we are learning about Australia.  The children will have the opportunity to research about various Australian habitats, wildlife and landmarks.  In Geography, we will compare the similarities and differences of Australia and other countries.  By the end of the topic we will be able to name the oceans and continents of the world.  The children will also learn about famous names from history including Christopher Columbus.  

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In English, our Hook with a Book is Henry the Explorer.  This will inspire our first writing piece which will be an adventure story.  Throughout the term we will be exploring different types of non-fiction texts and learning about their features.  We will then write an explanation text.  Following a practical task the children will produce a simple flowchart and record a series of sentences to support the explanation of how their own explorer machine works.

In maths, this term we will be developing a greater understanding of the place value of numbers from 0-100.  They will use this knowledge to compare and order numbers.  The children will build on their prior knowledge of number bonds which will support them with addition and subtraction problems.  We will be exploring symmetry and 2D shapes.  We will be able to successfully complete Venn Diagrams and Carroll Diagrams to sort different objects and shapes.  The children will learn to add ten and ones to 2-digit numbers using a range of strategies.

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Our Caritas theme this term is Love of Self: Our families and our Community.  Through a range of activities the children will have the opportunity to reflect on how they look after and care for their community.  They will also consider the impact they make on their community and why their community needs them.  

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This term in Computing, the children will be learning how to use the computers respectfully.  They will learn how to be responsible and safe online.  They will be given the knowledge to feel empowered to report any concerns or worries they have to a trusted adult.  Later in the term, the children will  use software to make music using the computers.

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In science, the children will be turning the classroom into a laboratory as they become scientists! The children will be learning about animal habitats and learning about simple food chains.

Please see below for the knowledge organiser for this term.