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This half term, Canaries are learning all about the Ancient Egyptians! This unit focuses on Ancient Egypt and follows on from The Stone Age to the Iron Age. These units cover some of the same time period which should allow children to make comparisons between what was happening in Egypt and Britain at the same point in time (for example, hieroglyphics were used in Egypt from c.3100 BCE while there was no equivalent writing system in Britain until the Roman invasion in 43 CE). During this unit, the children will look at Ancient Egypt’s hierarchal society at this time. Children will look at social pyramids and be introduced to the terminology-slaves, Viziers, Craftsmen/Artisans, and Pharaoh. They will also learn about what it would be like to live in Egypt at this time looking at how archaeologists have been able to find out about the food they ate, the clothes they wore, the houses they lived in and the jobs they did. The children will learn about the similarities and differences between the lives of the rich and the poor, and the lives of men and women at this time.
This unit will also focus on fascinating Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. Understanding the religious beliefs of Ancient Egyptians is integral to understanding some of their great achievements-such as the building of the pyramids. The children will look at Egyptians beliefs regarding the afterlife and will look at the artefacts found in the tombs of both a craftsman and his wife, as well as one of the most well-known pharaohs-Tutankhamun. This unit will focus on how archaeological discoveries, such as Howard Carters discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, have enabled us to learn more about life in Ancient Egypt.
In Science, they will be learning all about light! In this unit children will learn that light is an energy that enables us to see, and interact with, the world around us. They will learn there are many different sources of light and the light of the sun is vital for life on earth. Children will work scientifically to find out if materials are transparent or opaque using torches. They will learn that light travels in straight lines and sometimes bounces off from an object or material and that scientists call this reflection. There are frequent opportunities for observing and investigating how light behaves and how materials interact with light during this unit. Going beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum at this stage, children will have the opportunity to investigate mirrors and how light reflects from plane, concave and convex mirrors.
Working scientifically, children will plan and undertake an investigation to answer the question, ‘Do shadows stay the same throughout the day?’ Planning this investigation will require children to think about the best ways to investigate things, how to make sure their investigation is fair, and how to record their findings. Children should understand that the Earth is rotating on an axis, the sun is not orbiting the earth as it may appear from the sun seeming to move across our sky. Children will understand that the sun’s position in our sky
determines the shape and size of our shadows. Children will see a time-lapse video of a sundial and will learn that this way of measuring
time was used thousands of years ago. (Links to Ancient Greece in History)
In PE, the children will be focusing on atheltics (getting ready for their sports day!!). In, PSHE, the children will learn about growing and changing (for more information, visit the RSE section of the school website).
Below, you will find some useful resources to help with your child’s learning at home. These include parent information about SoundsWrite which is a phonics approach that we use in Reception, KS1 and Year 3 to support children with decoding and spelling. There are posters that demonstrate how we teach formal calculation methods as well as information showing the end of year expectations for spelling, puncuation and grammar.
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