Famous People

Essentials for Learning (E4L). Throughout the term we will be thinking about Remembering and what this means for us. The ability to recall, the ability to learn from experience and the confidence to transfer skills and strategies from one context to another, will be central to our learning experiences. We aim to develop the capacity to apply reason and support conclusions using reasoned arguments and evidence.


  • research the life of the famous artist Van Gogh, using both the internet and books
  • find out more about biographies using Camille and the Sunflowers as a starting point,
  • look at the link between fact and fiction and how they can can work together, using Camille and the Sunflowers as a starting point
  • place events in chronological/alphabetical order and look at why this is a useful skill when accessing information
  • look at direct speech, using speech bubbles, adding them to our drawings from Van Gogh’s days in Provence, when he spoke to his close friend Camille about his troubles
  • write captions and critiques to accompany our favourite Van Gogh paintings, expressing opinions.


  • rounding and ordering numbers up to six digits
  • investigating capacity - measure, compare, add and subtract: volume/capacity (l/ml)
  • estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute
  • record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours
  • compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
  • use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally,
  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions anddecimals - to two decimal places

History, geography and citizenship:

  • through events in history we will make comparisons between now and then and investigate reasons, choices and consequences.
  • take a journey around Europe will allow us to find out about different countries, cities and climates.
  • we will think about why people did things and what events happened as a result.
  • we will find out about the life and work of Van Gogh and the impact that he had on the lives of many others past and present.


  • investigate habitats and think about which habitat a particular animal might live in and why - including the local area, we will look closely at a range of animals and group them according to various criteria, including first-hand observation, as we explore and classify small animals in our local environment
  • learn how scientists classify animals into broad groups such as mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and fish, using classification keys.
  • explore and group a variety of different plants according to their characteristics, using Venn and Carroll diagrams, as well as exploring how unfamiliar plants can be identified.

PE & PSHE and Personal Development:

  • lessons on the Paths Programme will continue twice weekly,
  • coaching will be provided by Manx Sport and Recreation again this term, as we are not attending ArdWhallan until next term, swimming has also stopped for the year.

ICT, design and technology:

  • gather information - related to Van Gogh and countries in Europe - from a variety of sources; people, books, databases, videos and TV
  • enter and store information in a variety of forms, saving work and retrieving information that has been stored.
  • try out techniques and colours when using painting programmes to create pictures
  • navigate the Van Gogh Museum site, construct a diorama following research.

Visits & Visitors:

  • visiting artists, including Mr Starkey are going to help us with our painting and drawing
  • trip to the Ministry of Science show in the Gaiety Theatre
  • Art & Design, Music, Dance and Drama:
  • art will play a large part in our theme as we study the works of Van Gogh, we will look closely at his techniques and use charcoals, paints - both acrylic and water colours - chalks, pastels and different papers. We will create self portraits and portraits of others in the style of Van Gogh. We will research his paintings and techniques in detail and produce our own Sunflowers/Starry Night display adding our own individual touches.

How you can help your child:

  • We continue with excellent progress in reading, this is only possible with support and reading at home. Thank you for this help. Thank you to those who have already brought in drawings and portraits, linked to our topic.

Significant Dates and Events

  • 30 May Sports day
  • 22 June Ministry of Science trip to Gaiety
  • 3 July Parents’ Evening

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