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The Rissington School
Aspire - Belong - Challenge

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Hercules Class

Here are some photos from the Autumn Term:

Useful information:

PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays

Spellings and times tables tests are on Fridays

Homework is set on Thursdays and due in on Tuesdays


The Curriculum

Welcome back to the Summer Term. Hopefully everyone has had a good Easter break and is returning to school full of energy and enthusiasm.


Our big question this term will be: Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious? Within this unit of work, the children will gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world through the theme of The Vikings. The children will be finding out who the Vikings were; where they came from; where they invaded; what weapons they used; how they lived; what they ate and will learn about their beliefs. The children will be connecting their new learning to our Autumn term unit ‘Raiders and Invaders’ and broadening their historic knowledge base with this next era in time.


We will link this theme to our English curriculum and focus upon ‘dragon-inspired’ texts, initially beginning with ‘Tell me a Dragon’ by Jackie Morris and ‘How to train your dragon’ by Cressida Cowell.  The children will have a go at writing a range of text types this time in order to demonstrate a variety of skills. These will include writing a finding tale, descriptive poetry, discussion texts and instruction writing.


Within Maths, the children will be mastering the four operations through enhanced problem solving and reasoning skills. Revision of the time unit taught throughout home learning will form the basis of our starters and we will also be looking at statistics which will involve interpreting data through pictograms, graphs and charts. The Y4 children will also be looking at fractions as decimals. 


As well as our unit on the Vikings, the children will also be exploring the units ‘Sound and Hearing’ and ‘Electricity’ in Science this term. We will be using the outdoors to explore how sound travels and changes pitch. We will be looking to find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it. We will then move onto electricity and identify common appliances that run using electricity. The children will then construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers. They will identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.


As well as all of this, The Y3 children will be learning how to play the violin as part of our music lessons this term, whilst the Y4 children will be learning how to compose a piece of music as a group.