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Balloon Room

It is during the two years spent in the Balloon or the Kite Room that our children really feel the benefit of a Charterhouse Square School education. The foundations have been laid and the challenges of senior school exams lie ahead, so this is where we really start focussing on each child’s pathway to success.

Work in maths, literacy and reasoning begins to accelerate and is supplemented during the year with additional science and English comprehension homework. And to ensure continuity of preparation, the classroom teacher remains with the children as they progress from the Lower Balloon or Kites to the Upper Balloon or Kite Room.

The boys and girls also enjoy a new abundance of opportunities outside the classroom. They are now eligible to take part in extracurricular clubs for table tennis, netball and ICT; they enjoy weekly tennis lessons and the opportunity to represent the school in the football squad or choir; they also have the chance to be voted in as Sports Day Captains by the other children, which is considered a real honour on what is one of the highlights of the school calendar.

Please use the links below to download all the details you need to know about life in either the Balloon or Kite Room, including letters from the classroom teachers, our weekly timetables, an overview of the curriculum for each room, and the latest spelling lists. And please don’t hesitate to talk to one of the classroom teachers if you have any questions.

Balloon Room Curriculum

The expectations for your child are that by the end of the academic year they are able to:

  • – Multiply and divide any positive integer up to 10,000 by 10 or 100 and understand the effect.
  • – Order a given set of positive and negative integers.
  • – Use decimal notation for tenths and hundredths.
  • – Convert decimals to percentages.
  • – Relate fractions to division and to their decimal representations.
  • – Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers.
  • – Calculate fractions of amounts.
  • – Find equivalent fractions.
  • – Simplify fractions.
  • – Use a variety of mental strategies to solve problems.
  • – Carry out column addition and subtraction of positive integers up to 10,000.
  • – Know by heart all times tables up to twelve.
  • – Carry out short multiplication and division of a three digit number by a single digit number.
  • – Carry out long multiplication of a two digit number by a two digit number.
  • – Convert 12 hour time to 24 hour time.
  • – Understand how to calculate area of squares and rectangles.
  • – Approximate the area of shapes.
  • – Recognise the four different types of triangle.
  • – Calculate perimeters of shapes.
  • – Recognise parallel and perpendicular lines.
  • – Estimate and measure angles.
  • – Calculate angles in a straight line or triangle when other angles are given.
  • – Use all four operations to solve simple word problems.
  • – Read and construct bar charts and line graphs.
  • – Convert from one unit of metric measurement to another.
  • – Identify 3D shapes.
  • – Make nets of 3D shapes.

Autumn Term

Fiction: Story Structure, Creative Writing Skills, Story Settings, Character Building.

Non-fiction: Investigating Classic Poetry.

Grammar: Punctuation.

 

Spring Term

Fiction:Narrative Poetry

Non-fiction: Researching Reports.

Grammar: Punctuation

 

Summer Term

Fiction: Different Times and Cultures

Performance Poetry

Non-fiction: Delving Into Dictionaries

Grammar: Punctuation.

 

The expectations are for your child, at the end of the academic year, to be able to:

  •  – Develop characters using own description, dialogue and vocabulary.
  • – Read aloud with expression, taking the audience into account.
  • – Work in a group to plan and manage a task.
  • – To plan a structured story with a theme.
  • – Use a thesaurus to extend vocabulary.
  • – To recognise and explain metaphorical expressions.
  • – To proof read own writing.
  • – Experiment with different ways of opening a story.
  • – Use independent spelling strategies.
  • -Identify different styles of poetry.
  • – Analyse, compare and respond to poems
  • – Convey feelings in a poem.
  • – Use structure and themes of a poem as a model for writing own poem.
  • – Write in the style of a known author.
  • – Compose simple, compound and complex sentences and punctuate correctly in independent writing.
  • – To know how to write dialogue and how it is set out and punctuated.
  • – Use basic grammar with accuracy.
  • -Write from another characters point of view.
  • -Write detailed reports.
  • -Adapt reports to a particular audience.
  • -Write dictionary definitions.
  • -Use a dictionary to improve work.

The children will be given activities in which they follow instructions, observe, predict, test, record, evaluate and develop a scientific vocabulary. They will be given the opportunity to investigate and explore science practically through the following topics.

Autumn Term:

Electricity. 

At the end of term the children are expected to be able to:

  • – Make and test a prediction.
  • – Explain predictions using scientific knowledge.
  • – Evaluate the reliability of data.
  • – Understand a circuit is a loop from a power supply, through components and back to a power supply.
  • – Grasp how switches can affect circuits.
  • -Recognise the symbols used in circuits diagrams .
  • -Be able to construct basic circuits using varied components.
  • -Understand how a house receives its’ power supply.
  • -Explain how parallel circuits work.

Spring Term:

Changing States

At the end of the term the children are expected to be able to:

  • – Plot a line graph from data.
  • – Make careful observations.
  • – Plan and carry out a fair test.
  • – Record observations in written form.
  • – Use equipment and materials safely.
  • – Grasp that solids, liquids and gases are different forms of the same substance.
  • – Explain how condensation occurs.
  • – Understand that different substances have varying melting points.
  • – Show an understanding of the water cycle.

Summer Term:

Changing Sounds

At the end of the term the children are expected to be able to:

  • – Construct a fair test .
  • – Make a table and record results.
  • – Compare predictions with results.
  • – Repeat an experiment to check results.
  • – Make careful observations.
  • – Explain how sound waves are made.
  • – Understand that sound waves travel through materials.
  • – Grasp relationship between vibration and sound.

Autumn Term

World War Two

The children will be looking at the main countries involved and the causes of the War. The Global impact of the War. The key players and most noteable historical events relating to the war.  To support our understanding we shall be travelling to the Imperial War Museum.

Spring Term

World Leaders

The children will be studying notable leaders who have left a profound legacy on the world’s historical stage.

Summer Term

The Stuarts

Moving on from the Elizabethans the children will be studying the entire Stuart period, learning about James, the Gunpowder Plot, the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague and Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War.

Autumn Term

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

A new topic for the Kites, Tsunamis, Tectonic Plates, Flooding, Erruptions and noteable case studies. They will be asked to do a project about week 7 on an area of their choice relating to these topics.

Spring Term

Water

The children will study the world’s oceans, reservoirs, lakes and rivers. They will study how water is used. How the presence and absence of water effects wildlife and how it survives.  They will ultimately be looking at the future and the importance of the preservation of the world’s water and reliant wildlife.

Summer Term

Ecology

A lovely topic for the children to study as they will be closely looking at the disapearing rainforests and the reduction in wildlife. Green house effects and other pollutions, the energy the rainforests produce for the planet.  The children will explore the area of recycling and consider what can be done for the future.

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