Japanese at West Minster!
The topics covered will be related to Science. The children in each class have selected 5 of the following topics themselves. Vocabulary and grammar will be taught to match the topic at an appropriate level, however a brief overview is provided below.
Salt – Children learnt comparison grammar linked to adjectives while looking at density and growing crystals.
Water – This covers the water cycle, the destructive power of water and surface tension. They learnt how to link adjectives and about a conditional connective.
Colour – This will cover colours through addition (mixing paint) and division (separating light through prisms & filtration). They will also look at acids and alkalines to create their own pictures. They will learn simple predictive language.
Nature – They will look at life cycles of plants and insects using state change grammar. In addition they will look at the effect of light on the growth of plants and what it helps the plants to produce.
Body – They will look at naming body parts; the effects of exercise on the body; a healthy diet. The grammar will relate to tenses for before and after.
Earthquakes – They will look at the causes of earthquakes, house design for safety and then they will build and test their own house design. This will, depending on the age of the children, be developed using conditionals or adverbs.
Electricity – They will look at circuits; create their own charcoal battery and find out why some substances do not conduct electricity. This will be developed using conditionals for KS2 children and simple vocabulary for KS1 children.
Every class started the year by learning about Daruma and creating their own.
In Term 3 students will be supported to develop their learning by creating their own lessons. In upper KS2 this will be though the use of scaffolded planning, each group will be allocated 1 lesson for the term and have responsibility for producing and teaching it. For LKS2 they will be selecting the activities within a lesson, and KS1 will be able to select the order of the lessons they would like to take.