Blue Abyss

Cornerstones Topic

In Topic we are studying the oceans and seas of the world plotting them on maps and researching their features. We will also be looking in detail at sea creatures and how some have adapted to survive such as the crown-of-thorns starfish. Later in the term the children will be part of a project around the Great Barrier Reef and there will be a chance for children to visit an aquarium. The children will also be taught separate French, RE, PSHE and Music lessons.

Power of Reading

In English, the children will be reading the text ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Phillip Reeve. Our writing will link to the text to engage and support the children in writing diary entries, recounts and stories. We will be looking at comprehension and fluency in our reading sessions to develop the children’s ability to understand what they read. GPS, spelling and handwriting will also be addressed.


In Maths the children will be looking at number and place value first and then moving on to studying fractions and decimals. There will be a big push on times tables and reasoning so children can apply what they have learnt to a range of questions and contexts. We will teach CLIC all term to improve the children’s arithmetic ability.


We have chosen the following songs to learn this term:

‘Under the sea,’ ‘Baby Beluga’ and ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands.’ We will be working on our performance skills and how we can alter our voices. Later in the term, we will celebrate music and drama over the course of a fortnight by taking part in different concerts, assemblies and performances that parents will be invited to attend.


In PE this term, the children will be taught Netball. The focus will be on throwing and catching skills, strategies and techniques. The children will also be taught about how they can live a healthy active lifestyle. They will take part in circuit training and will be encouraged to achieve their personal best in sport.


In Science the children will be exploring human impact and how pollution can impact on the environment, habitats, human life and wildlife.


We will be covering three key questions this term and we are hoping to visit a mosque for our study into a religious building. These questions are:
  1. How do Islamic and Sikh families practise their faith and how does their faith influence their lives?
  2. How and why do religious people celebrate religious festivals such as Divali?
  3. How is Christmas celebrated in different parts of the world?


The children will have regular access to both the ICT suite and the Lego suite where they will continue to learn how to use computer programs, equipment such as data loggers and how technology impacts on the lives of people.