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Spring Term: 2018-19

Art and Design / Design Technology (DT) – alternate half-terms

The Art and Design curriculum is delivered through a variety of learning experiences that allow pupils to develop their skills in painting, collage and printmaking working with familiar and new media and techniques, developing their confidence, imagination and creativity.

This term the theme of the Art project is ‘Art and Music’. Pine are looking at the abstract artist Kandinsky and his art work. They will create a selection of experimental art pieces, interpreting different emotions that they will experience through listening to music.


This term Pine will explore Digital Literacy, looking at computer viruses, passwords and digital footprints. Students will explore and understand different ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identify and privacy. Students will understand the importance of secure passwords. They will learn a technique to help them create strong and memorable passwords to protect their school work and online privacy. They will also continue to look at programming languages, writing simple programs and correcting errors.


This term, Pine will be looking at script writing. They will understand the conventions of a script and work on developing characters and language. They will also develop practical rehearsal and performance skills. In addition to this, Pine will be developing their reading skills in a weekly reading lesson. Students will focus on various extracts to develop reading strategies, improve inference skills and participate in guided reading. This will aid the students in future English lessons and ensure they are more confident in approaching new texts with the necessary skills.

MFL (French)

This term pupils will learn how to talk about what they do in school. They will learn the days of the week to help them to describe their timetable, and will learn how to describe which subjects they like and dislike. They will build on their knowledge of classroom commands by learning the vocabulary for classroom objects. Numbers and colours will be revisited to consolidate knowledge. At the end of the term, the pupils will look at how Easter is celebrated in France.


For the first half term our topic will be weather and climate. Learners will watch and listen to weather forecasts, and identify the symbols used and what they mean. In addition they will discuss why weather forecasts are important and how weather can affect people’s day-to-day lives. They will look at the causes of weather systems and why different countries have different climates and we will reflect on the impact of this. The learners will have the opportunity to collect weather data through creation of basic apparatus. Throughout the term learners will develop skills in communication and problem solving.

The second half term will look at the Ice Age. Learners will reflect on how the country that we live in now has changed over time. The learners will build on their knowledge of weather and climate and compare the climate of today with that of Britain in the Ice Age. There will be comparison of the animals and people of the time with those of the modern day, and consideration of how the animals of the Ice Age were adapted to live within the cold environment. The learners will be provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of the Ice Age through examination of historical sources including pictures, recounts of the time and recreated artefacts

Work and resources will be adapted to enable our learners with a visual impairment to be fully involved and immersed in the topic, alongside their sighted classmates.

Life Skills

This term, students will be looking at managing money and planning a summer event. They will work as a team and practise their planning skills alongside making choices and decisions. They will research where to buy items, considering the costings of them. The pupils will use the internet to safely source products. Pupils will learn how to plan an event from start to finish taking all resources into account. They will take part in the event or host the event for others. They will evaluate the success of their event.



This term pupils in Pine will be building on the foundations of addition and subtraction that was taught last term.  When adding and subtracting numbers they will be developing both their mental and written strategies focusing on more formal methods. There will be a big focus on them learning their times tables, starting with 2, 5 and then 10. They will then use this knowledge to support them in answering a range of multiplication and division problems in both practical and written tasks. Additionally, they will begin to have a look at fractions, understanding that they are a part of a whole. They will be learning to find fractions of shapes and numbers.


The focus for the term is shape. The pupils will be naming a range of 2D shapes and beginning to discuss the different features, such as number of sides. They will also be using them to create pictures and repeating patterns. They will then extend their understanding of shape by exploring transformations, specifically reflection and rotation.


The students will be developing their musical ensemble skills. They will take part in some carousel lessons in which they have sessions on different instruments learning the chords of a piece of music of their choice. The students will work together as a team to develop their rehearsal skills and will perform their song as a band.

Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

This term our work in PSHCE will focus on relationships. We will begin by identifying and discussing the relationships that the pupils have with the people that are currently in their lives. We will discuss the importance of other people to us and identify why we are important in the lives of our friends and family. The learners will learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships and the dangers of being in an abusive relationship. As part of this module we will cover Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), including raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Work and resources will be adapted to enable our learners with a visual impairment be fully involved and immersed in the topic, alongside their sighted classmates.

As part of the PSHCE curriculum we work closely with a range of professionals including the local police, the NSPCC and the school nurse. On occasion it is important that the pupils’ curriculum changes to meet their needs or in response to a large event.

Physical Education (PE)

This term Pine will be developing their gymnastic skills by matching and mirroring different gymnastic movements, e.g. rolling, jumping and balancing. Learners will perform their routine using hand-held and large apparatus, and will be given the opportunity to evaluate their own work and that of others.

Learners will also be given the opportunity to be a sports leader, which involves leading a warm-up session focusing on strength, stamina and suppleness.

In swimming this term the main focus will be improving the breaststroke and increasing distance swum. This will take place at Dee Banks School, which has a 16-metre pool and deeper water.


Pine will be starting the term with the ‘Circuits, electromagnets and magnets’ topic. They will be learning about how electricity travels around a circuit and makes devices like bulbs and buzzers work. They will be encouraged to design their own circuits to suit a particular job, for example a doorbell circuit. We will then go on to investigate magnets and electro-magnets and the differences between them.  After half term, they will go on to the ‘Interdependence’ topic, investigating how different living things are connected through food webs and food chains in an ecosystem, and how changes in one population can affect other populations.

Pupils will be encouraged to ask questions based on observations of the real world, to make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding, and to interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations.