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Autumn 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 be introduced to Python programming. This is a textual programming language and currently the fastest growing programming language. Students will discuss why and how Python is used in everyday life before writing simple programs of their own and solving problems.


This term, Pine will be looking at the topic of ‘In the News’. They will learn about the structural features of newspapers, the ways in which people access the news, and create their own newspaper reports. 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 in Pine will be introduced to French. They will begin by learning how to greet one another and learn to ask how someone is. They will also be learning some basic classroom commands, enabling them to understand instructions from the teacher in the target language. Pupils will take part in a variety of activities such as games, role play and written activities to consolidate their learning. They will learn numbers up to 20 and colours in French. Pupils will also learn about the French culture and look at festivals and celebrations.


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 learning to understand the structure of numbers and will be working with increasingly larger numbers. When adding and subtracting numbers they will be developing both their mental and written methods and working with numbers up to 4 digits. They will be asked to apply these strategies in various problems. Pupils will be revising their knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication facts and beginning to learn the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. They will then use this knowledge to support them in answering a range of multiplication and division problems in both practical and written tasks.


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 focus for the terms statistics unit will be on collecting, presenting and interpreting data in various graphs and charts. Pine will be required to design their own mathematical investigations and will be asked to work both in groups and individually. Students will be encouraged to answer and ask questions about the data they have collected and will be comparing results with each other.


Film Music

This topic will develop pupils’ ability to recognise that music enhances a visual image or sells a product and to compose their own examples. During the unit pupils will explore how music can convey ideas and communicate messages in a range of media. They will investigate how music can create an effect and how various musical devices can convey a message. Finally, the pupils will write their own story and will compose, refine and record a piece of music in which a sense of time, place, mood or intention is essential.

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 learning how to play football and High 5 netball. The focus will be on developing ball control, attacking and defending, being a team player and analysing skills performed in the lesson using video records to enable further progress.

Learners will also be given the opportunity to be a sports leader, which involves leading a warm-up and cool-down session, learning how to referee a game and taking part in school tournaments.

In swimming this term the main focus will be learning all about water safety, which involves learning and performing simple survival and rescue techniques.


Pine will be starting the term with the ‘Variation and evolution’ topic. They will be learning about why there are differences between individuals of the same species and how this helps to avoid extinction. They’ll look at how natural selection works and how it causes change in a population over time. After half term they will go on to the ‘Separating mixtures’ topic, investigating different methods that can be used to separate different mixtures. Pupils will use the particle model to explain how dissolving and evaporation work.

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.