Ancient Greece: Legend to legacy
Up in the gods…Look at these word clouds. What do they mean? How can they be connected? What they tell you about the way the ancient Greeks lived? Can you add any of your own?...
Our topic this term provides the opportunity to look at some of the ‘Greats’ from Ancient Greece and how its legends and legacy continue to influence and inspire the world around us. Under the watchful eye of the Gods & Goddesses on Mount Olympus, we will follow in the footsteps of Odysseus, as he embarks on his epic journey. If we are to survive in the time of Ancient Greece, and claim victory at Troy, Thermopylae, Salamis or Marathon; we will need to enlist great heroes to defeat terrifying monsters and beasts that dwell deep in mythology; whilst learning skill & strategy from great warriors. Although the perils of these wars will be driven by claims of power & politics, this Classical Age will also see a time of prosperity and peace. It is here that we will step into the city states of Athens and Sparta, delving into the everyday lives of the people who live there - and who better to teach us, than some of the greatest thinkers of all time. With the help of Socrates, Archimedes, Eratosthenes, Pythagoras, Plato and Homer (to name but a few), we will be lead on a journey from: philosophy and phenomenon; to artists and athletes; writers and mathematicians. From their legends to their legacy, the Ancient Greeks are undoubtedly a civilization to be learned from.
As lovers of The Arts and sculpture, the ancient Greeks would have felt right at home, perusing Kingham's Art and Sculpture Exhibition. Complete with a Minotaur, Nemean Lion, Greek Gods, Goddesses and a Nymph or two - our children fitted right in!
More Greek than you think!...
On her 90th birthday, we celebrated in true British style...(style be the operative word!)
Force of the gods
Our Force of the Gods science unit, could only begin with the 'force' of Zeus. Through the concepts of light and electricity we investigated the true power of his lighting bolt, and the phenomenon that he controls.
Skeletons, Plague and Gerbils - what more could you want in a Halloween-y Half Term Homework?!
Apologies Year 6 for the delay in posting the homework we discussed - I've been confined to my bedchamber with a 'Typically Tudor Common Cold!' Urgh...
Our topic this term is 'The Renaissance', which aims to embrace an age of new thinking and new worlds. This first terms planning focuses on dramas, characters, murder and mystery, as the Tudor Dynasty is born. The second term drags us out of the darkness and lets light literally lead the way; as we look towards an age of discovery, exploration and innovation - times are changing...
We begin with this painting by Hans Holbein, which epitomises the Renaissance era. What clues does it give us? Who are the men and why have they been chosen as subjects? What are the objects and what can we infer from them? Is there something peeping behind the curtain?...
Inspired by the recent revelations and excavations of Richard the III, we set out to discover the truth behind the 'Princes in the Tower'. This is a mystery that continues to baffle and challenge historians of today (Philippa Langley for one!), so with our detective hats on, and our skills of interrogation primed - we sifted and sorted through an array of historical source material, deciding where on our probability scale of 'truth' our evidence should be placed. It was fascinating to see that despite being given the same evidence, we all interpreted it in different ways. Oh the beauty of conjecture!
As we remember how it all began with the 'Last Plantagenet', we turn our hand from detective to anatomist (Andreas Versalius would be proud). Scouring the bloody Bosworth battlefield after the Wars of the Roses finale, and on its 530th year anniversary - we tried to give some of the battle's victims and noblemen, an honourable burial. But in order to do this - we had to piece together their body parts! Yuk. Interestingly, we were not entirely reliable when identifying our gall bladder from our ONE liver!...
William Harvey Vs Leonardo Da Vinci
Having become experts on 'what vital organs go where', we focus on the heart of the matter. We learned all about the heart, from its aortas to its atriums, and complemented our grasp with Leonardo's revolutionary sketches; his mirror writing and a little help from Amelia's dad and his hole in the heart! There were more 'OMG's' from the children (and their teacher) than our BPM - as we compared our heartbeats to our guests. Fascinating...
Our slides show Amelia's detailed presentation, Zoe's incredible Leonardo heart sketch, Ava's impressive mirror writing (all linked to the heart), and our general Awe and Wonder...
As Hampton Court celebrates the 500 Years since Cardinal Wolsey – Henry VIII’s trusted adviser - commissioned builders to lay the foundations of Hampton Court Palace; we lay the foundations for our 'Who was the real Henry VIII' investigation. Being one of Britain’s best-loved treasures, famously Henry VIII’s pleasure palace, and the centre of court life for over 200 years, we explored its corridors, kitchens, chocolate rooms and chapels to help us track the life of Henry's tumultuous reign.
Since the royal occupancy of Hampton Court began, the palace has been a witness to the honeymoons of Henry VIII, Mary I and Charles II, and the birth and baptism of Henry VIII’s much longed for heir. It has been the setting for confrontations and private meetings between Mary I and Elizabeth I; Elizabeth and her many suitors; Charles I and Cromwell. It is also the place where Jane Seymour died, where Charles I was imprisoned, and where William III suffered a fatal accident. Shakespeare performed in the Great Hall; Handel played in the Chapel Royal, and Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat got lost in the famous maze!
Despite being steeped in history, we still found playing Tudor games, posing on 'The Queens Stairs' and eating under giant mushrooms - particularly enjoyable! oh, and can you spot the statue amongst one of our Year 6 photoshoots?!
With Henry VIII under our scrutiny and William Harvey's cardiovascular discovery uncovered; we question: 'Are we truly fit for a king?'
Shall we see...
With Humanism and the human form at the heart of the Renaissance revival, our artwork looks closely - very closely - at us. By learning the true proportions of our bodies, the ratios within our face and intricacy of features that are believed by Leonardo da Vinci, to be the: 'Windows to our souls'; we learn how to draw the most drawn subjects of all time.
We begin with still life's of The Duke of Bruce and 'Hannah VIII'!...
Seven Ages of Henry VIII
Inspired by Shakespeare's 'Seven Ages of Man', we explored the Seven Ages of Henry VIII. Using portraits painted throughout his life and reign, we gather evidence to help us discover the real Henry. We discussed and plotted our facts and possibly fiction, onto a 'Seven Ages Timeline'; deciding and reasoning as to why and where we placed our information. It was really interesting to see which 'Age' had the most evidence and what that told us about Henry VIII and his reign.
Skeletons in the...Car Park?!
Unearthed from a Leicester car park, we study the bones of a skeleton. Could it be Richard III? As we gather the bare-bone facts, measure up and move from scales of probability to making scale skeletons - we draw our own conclusions...
In preparation for our fast-paced fiction writing titled 'The Joust', we re-enacted a battle between Hal and Brandon from our class novel VIII. Unfortunately the video is too big to upload, but be reassured - our budding Kings and Knights were very convincing - particularly with a wooden sword in their hands!
Squeezing into Henry's Armour
In an attempt to defeat our decimal dreads, Ava and Gethin battle it out in a game of 'Squeeze'. It may not have been all swords and armour - but it was definitely strategic!
You simply cannot cover the circulatory and vascular systems without considering BLOOD, and you simply cannot talk about the Tudors, or their Torture Chambers without touching on BLOOD - so...nothing like a dose of 'Blood Donating' to start us off!
The Great British Plague Off!
Forget Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood: make way for Miss Paulberry-Smith and Mrs Hollywood-Harrison as the real Great British Plague Off begins! Our contestants take to their tables, complete with homemade palettes of playdough, hoping to become 2015 Master Biologists. Their technical challenge is to make a plague bacteria, fit for the microscope and complete with all the cell components - ribosomes n'all!