Our Topic this term is entitled 'Ancient Greeks and Materials'
Who were the Ancient Greeks? What was their legacy? Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures – creating the world we know today. As geographers we then spend some time thinking about the modern day and considering, ‘How is England different to Greece?’ Comparing the Geographical features of England to Greece.
In Art, we will be considering: how people in the past have represented stories and characters, how we can use art to tell a creation story and how to design and create our own Greek masks. Materials – Hundreds of different materials are used to make everyday objects. Some materials occur naturally, e.g. wood from trees while others are manmade in factories, e.g. plastic. Some materials are magnetic; some allow heat and electricity to pass through them. But with so many different materials to choose from, how do we decide which to use? This term we master working scientifically to explore and ask questions about the materials of the world around us.
Police Cadets Visit
We were very lucky to receive a visit from the local police van. Following on from the success of the Police Cadets programme, which has been very valuable for the children in Year 5 who have learned many skills from first aid to marching, the rest of the children had a chance to sit in the van, learn about the work of the police and play with some riot shields. We even got, what we hope, was a first and last taste of the cells in the back of the van.
We have had a wonderful term studying the Ancient Greeks and one of the most memorable parts for the children was the Olympics. We found out that Emperor Nero from Rome even took part and that sports were a huge amount more dangerous back in those times. We also learned that the athletes were a lot freer competing without clothes (which meant no women allowed at the games! Thankfully, our version was a much more civilised affair with the children competing in javelin, discuss and running events with excellent sportsmanship and people really living up to the Olympic ideals!
No athlete can compete without adequate fuelling, after our escapades on the field, we needed to fill ourselves with goodness. At the start of the term, the children tasted a whole range of ingredients and made some quite fantastic faces at the flavours they discovered. To close off the topic, we put our pallets to good use and designed our own Greek salad. There were some very bold flavour decisions and some very non-traditional salads made, but the children showed excellent culinary skills and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Whilst being in the classroom is amazing fun, it is a real treat to be able to get out into the world and put our skills to the test. The children took turns in learning archery, cycling and orienteering. We had a few scraped knees, some lost souls and we learned that Violet class are crack shots on the archery range!
To launch our rivers topic, the children took a day trip to Kearsney Abbey. We measured the river, surveyed the wildlife and started an amazing art project. The children behaved impeccably and were very respectful towards wildlife as well as other park users. We will use this learning to springboard us into our topic!
Despite appearances to the contrary, we do spend some time in the classroom. We have been investigating measures. Converting between cm, m and mm the children carried out an investigation to see whether the tallest people also had the longest feet. The biggest finding from the experience was that I had grown at least 3 inches in height since my last class measured me, thanks for the boost, Violet class!