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Welcome back! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break. I’m excited about getting to know everyone in Woodpeckers and am looking forward to a wonderful year. We are starting the year learning all about The Romans. We will be learning about the founding of Rome, the expansion of The Roman Empire and discussing what Britain was like before the Romans conquered.

In science, this term we will be learning about the difference between solids, liquids and gases and comparing the properties of these. We will also be investigating what happens to some materials when they are heated and cooled.

In RE, we will be learning about Buddhism and discussing the question, ‘Is it possible for everyone to be happy?’ We will considering what makes us happy and whether material possessions make us happier. As part of this, we will learn about the story of Buddha and whether he found a way to be happy even when life is difficult.

In PE, we will be learning a dance inspired by the Roman battle formations and daily Roman life.

In music, we will be listening to Hans Zimmer’s ‘The Battle’ from the film Gladiator and creating our own music to suit a mood that we are imagining during battle. We will be learning to play

In computing, we will be learning about how to stay safe online. This will include, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and understanding how to report concerns.

During art this term, we will be researching the history of Roman mosaics and looking at different examples, before we go on to create our own. We will also be researching Roman pottery and creating our own fierce representation of ourselves out of clay.

Towards the end of the term we are hoping to have a Roman day, where the children will be able to dress as a Roman and will plan and make a banquet of Roman foods for us to try. More information about this will be given nearer the time.

Homework will be set on Fridays and will be due in on Thursdays. This will also include weekly spellings which will be tested on a Thursday.

Please see our curriculum overview here

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Miss Partridge and Mrs James