Welcome to Rowan Class!
This half term, our learning will be linked to our topic 'Orchestra'.
In Science, we are going to be finding out about Sound. We will identify sources of sound, and think about volume (loud and quiet). We will also look at the pitch – how high or low the sound is. We will explore how sounds are made using vibrations and look at how sounds get fainter over distance by making string telephones.
If you put your fingers up to your neck when you talk or hum, can you feel the vibrations in your throat? How do those change if you make your voice louder?
In History, we are going to be finding out about the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber. We will find out about their lives and compare the similarities and differences between the 18th and 21st centuries.
Have you heard any music by either of these composers? If not, can you find some online? How does it make you feel?
In Music, we will be learning about the different types of instrument in an orchestra – percussion, brass, woodwind and string. We will look at some examples of these instruments and practise playing them. We will use the sounds to be composers, planning and writing our own pieces of music.
Can you play any instruments already? What would you like to write some music about?
In Design Technology, we will be discovering more about how instruments are made, and how they create the sounds they play. We will think about how to make our own instruments and build them using box modelling.
What kind of sound do you want your instrument to make? How could you create this sound?
In RE, we will be carrying on our learning about the Islam religion, looking at the mosque as a special holy place for Muslims. We will think about the sense of belonging, and the call to prayer, having a go at making our own prayer mats. We will also do a little bit of learning about Ramadan which starts on 12th April 2021.
Fasting for Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam – can you remember another one of the Five Pillars from last term?
In Art, we will be doing some pencil line drawings. We will be doing some still life drawings of instruments, and then learning how to add texture and tone using different kinds of sketching pencil and practising techniques such as cross hatching and blending.
How do you think we could add some details? Do you think it will be easy to show texture using just a pencil?
Please click the links below to view our half-termly Parent Forecasts. These will give you some ideas about the topic and learning we will be doing in Rowan class.
Please see the documents below to help you with reading at home - we have attached some bookmarks with lots of question prompts to help grown-ups at home check children's comprehension skills. These are very useful for when you are writing comments about reading as well!
Jess, Flynn and Sam have made a little video for you to watch! The file is a bit too big to share directly on our website page, but you can watch it at https://vimeo.com/421293551
You may need to enter the password 'rowan' to watch it! 😁
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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