Our Maafa project teaches children about Africa past and present, with a particular focus on Benin. It traces the development of the slave trade and explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora. Linked to this, our art project will teach children about significant black artists and their work, and provides opportunities to analyse and create artwork inspired by them.
Our companion projects include the circulatory system in science, this project teaches children about the transport role of the human circulatory system, its main parts and primary functions. They learn about healthy lifestyle choices and the effects of harmful substances on the body. In computing, we will look at coding.
We will kickstart the term with an exciting trip to Bletchley park (Thursday 21st September) which will consist of a guided tour and learning all about the enigma code. To finish the topic, we would love to celebrate with parents and show off the work that we have produced on Friday 20th October.
Overview of the ‘MAAFA’ project:
English: Autumn 1:
Purpose: To entertain
Outcomes: Poem and Narrative
Texts: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
Journey to Freedom by Catherine Johnson
Purpose: To inform
Outcomes: Non-Chronological reports and a Biography
Texts: Coming to England by Floella Benjamin
Black and British: An Illustrated History by David Olusoga
Maths: Place value, number operations, fractions and measurement
Science: Circulatory system
Geography: Our Changing World – revision of latitude and longitude, map work and data analysis
PSHE: Being Me in My World
PE: Lacrosse and Yoga
RE: Islam - Beliefs and practices, Christianity - Christmas and Incarnation
Computing: Computing Systems and networks
Learning Behaviour: Responsibility and Kindness
Start: 8:40am Finish: 3:15pm
PE Session 1
Jaguar Class Thursday
Ocelot Class Monday
PE Session 2/ Forest School
This will be on alternate weeks, each class will have a full afternoon of P.E instead of a single session in order to maximise the learning time.
Ocelot class will be week 1 and Jaguar class will be week 2. As children will be going to forest school in the alternate weeks, please send them to school every Wednesday in their P.E kit for ease.
Children will come into school in PE kits. All children must have a white top or house colour, black or navy shorts. Trainers, joggers and jumpers will be required for outdoor PE.
Wednesday all children need wellies and a waterproof coat.
Start school: Tuesday 5th September
Bletchley Park Trip: Thursday 21st September (separate letter)
Parents evenings: Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 12th October
Half term: Monday 23rd Oct – Friday 27th Oct
Parents celebration afternoon: Friday 20th Oct
Staff training day: Monday 30th October
Whole school trip to the Pantomime – Tuesday 5th December
Break up for Christmas: Tuesday 19th December
How can you support your children at home?
Reading – You should read with your child at least 5 times a week at home. We will check reading diaries on a Monday.
Spellings – Sent out on a Friday and tested on the Friday after. These can be completed on Spelling Shed
TT Rockstars- Use TT Rockstars to practise times tables. Children will be tested through the ’99 club’ on a Thursday.
There is a topic homework sheet attached. We would like the children to choose at least one piece to do and bring in to share with the class.