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Our Summer Term Curriculum

Topic - Mountains


Mountains are a fascinating natural feature in our world. As a class we will discuss and research mountains in order to discover a vast array of knowledge about these amazing land features.

What is a mountain and what do they look like?

We will discover that mountains are part of the land, but rise above everything else. In our learning we will discover new vocabulary relating to the features of a mountain such as base, peak, summit and ridge.

How are mountains formed?

Most mountains are formed when something happen inside the Earth to push rocks up. We will learn about the four main types of mountain including fold, fault, dome and volcanic mountains and how these mountains are formed.

Mountain Ranges across the World

We will learn that a mountain range is a group or chain of mountains close together which is usually separated by a river or a pass. We will discuss and research a number of different mountain ranges across our world including The Himalayas, The Alps, The Andes and The Rockies. We will discover in which continent they are located, what type of mountain range they are and some of the highest peaks within these ranges.

Mountains within the United Kingdom

Following our learning about mountain ranges across the world, we will focus upon the mountains in the UK.

We will use atlases to locate the mountain ranges in the four countries that make up the UK. We will discover The Pennies in England, The Mourne Mountains in Ireland, The Cairngorms in Scotland and Snowdonia in Wales. We will learn about the highest mountains in each of these mountain ranges.

Mountain Climate

We will research and discuss mountainous climates including questions such as Is the climate the same at the bottom and top of a mountain? Why is it colder at the top of a mountain? Why is it wetter on a mountain? and What effect do mountains have on the surrounding land?

Animal Adaptation in Mountainous regions

Life on mountains can be very harsh for different animals. Food can be scarce, climate can be cold and the terrain difficult to navigate. We will focus on the Ibex (wild goat) and the snow leopard and learn about how they adapt to their environments.


Art - Landscapes inspired by David Hockney

David Hockney is one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. We will be discussing his style of art and the features in his landscapes and using this as inspiration for our own landscape paintings. We are so lucky at Lydgate to have such beautiful views in our grounds. We will be developing our observational sketching skills whilst looking at these views. Our final piece will allow us to create our own landscape composition which we will paint using our knowledge of colour mixing and painting skills.



Throughout the Summer term, we will be producing some written pieces that include a suspense story and informative texts that link with our topic of Mountains.

Our pupils will plan, draft, write and edit their work in order to produce excellent pieces of writing for a range of different audiences. Handwriting and presentation skills are practised daily in class so that our pupils can apply these skills to their written work. Using their developing spelling and grammar skills they will be able to apply an array of different spelling and grammatical patterns and devices in order to discuss their writing with increased confidence.

Our pupils will continue to read daily and a class novel will provide discussions about unfamiliar vocabulary and understanding of texts. Pupils will continue to complete reading comprehension tasks to develop their understanding of what they have read.



Throughout the Summer term, we will be focusing on the mathematical concepts of Fractions, Decimals and Geometry.

  • We shall explore decimals as fractions; comparing and ordering decimals and fraction equivalents;  round decimals to the neasest whole and tenth; and answer questions which enable us to draw upon our understanding of decimals and fractions through reasoning and problem-solving.  
  • In Geometry, we will continue to identify 3D shapes. We will develop our understanding of angles and identify, draw and measure in degrees. Pupils will also be taught to identify, describe and represent the position of shapes following a reflection or translation by using the appropriate mathematical language.

Throughout these units, we will develop fluency, problem solving and reasoning mathematical skills.


Science- Electricity


In our Science learning, we will be learning about electricity and electrical circuits. Electricity is a vital part of modern life. It lights up our towns and cities, powers industry and keeps our trains moving. Most of the devices that we use in the home and the gadgets we carry around use electricity, either from the mains or stored in batteries. Pupils will learn how to construct a complete circuit and then how to draw a diagram of a circuit using symbols to represent the different components. We will plan and carry out an investigation on how to change the brightness of a bulb or the volume of buzzer. We will compare and give reasons for variations of how components function.


We have so much fun in our learning!

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