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Autumn 2 Lights, Camera, Action!

In Geography, the children will begin by looking at the location of countries in the UK before plotting these on a map. They will go onto use atlases and aerial photographs to find out more information about each of the countries, such as capital cities and landscape features. The children will use the eight points of a compass. Manchester will be a focus as we look at how the city has changed. To link to our topic we will look at famous television programmes or films and their location in the UK. 
In Music, we will be exploring a range of music from films and the important role that film music has for a viewer. Our focus will be on Danny Elfman and the music that he composed for different films, as we gain inspiration for our own group compositions. We look forward to using percussion instruments!

A clip of our music...

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We composed a piece of music to represent the mood during a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate factory.
Our Art project will be influenced by Any Warhol and his Pop Art style. Using light sources as an influence, the children will design their own piece of art work using Warhol's technique of screen printing. The children will learn how to carve lino during the project.
In Science, we will be learning all about light. To begin with, we will be exploring what darkness is and the fact that we need light to be present to be able to see things. This is actually a really tricky concept! We will move on to learn that light is reflected from a surface and how our eyes see things. Using our investigative skills, we will observe what happens to the shape and size of shadows when we change one variable - such as the amount of light, the position of the light source or the distance between the object and the light source. Even though it is cold at this time of year, we will warm ourselves up by thinking about the sun and how we need to protect our eyes from it. 
In Computing, we will continue to develop our skills from the film industry as we bring our persuasive adverts to life on the big screen. We will use our writing in English to help create our adverts using I-movie and green screen technology. We will use our voices, expressions and body language, as well as our written work, to create the most persuasive adverts.

In PSHE, we will be thinking about what the consequences are of taking certain risks, whilst learning that some risk taking is a healthy part of growing up. We will look at different rules that exist in school, at home and in wider society and think about why these rules are important. As we move on to learn about the rights that every child has, we will look at how democracy works and, of course, learn that rights come with responsibilities! To show how we are all different, we will look at the unique values that we have and why we have chosen to value these.