Ancient Greece: Legend to Legacy
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.
*Warning – This is a highly creative unit of evolution and change, and will therefore do exactly that!
Mission: Microbe Homework (for Friday 23rd March)
As per homework instructions...
Remember - this genre lends itself to a range of punctuation, language play and clever sentence structure - EMBRACE IT!
Mission: Survival Snow Day
Here are a collection of missions to be 'accomplished' (if you choose to accept)...
Brave the blizzard-like and arctic conditions, and build a 'buddy' of snowmen/women...
The dimensions of these 'snowpeople', must however be of a particular size. The bodies must have a circumference of: 15cm,30cm, 60 cm and one of your choice. The circumferences of the heads must be: 10cm, 18cm, 25cm and one of your choice. You may mix, match and adorn your 'buddy of snowpeople' as you choose - creativity and context welcomed, as ever!
Extension: Draw your efforts, accurately, showing your calculations and knowledge of pi, radius and diameter!
Mission: Fossil Friday
Yesterday, we read the story of Mary Anning - the 'Famous Fossil Hunter'. She discovered the Ichthyosaurus, and along with Darwin, astonishes the scientific world of her time.
Mission: Fossil Invent
The fossil of your 'invent' Galapagos animal, has been discovered, and the world needs to share in this great find. Draw what it would look like, thinking carefully about its skeleton, and even what some of the bones may be called. As Mary Anning did, you may discover (draw) sections of your fossil, that we can try and piece together.
Mission: Fossil Expert
What are fossils? How are they formed? What types of fossils are there and what are they called? What is the oldest, most rarest fossil ever discovered? You are delivering a presentation to an audience of notable biologists, naturalists and geologists - so you need to know your fossil stuff! Get exploring...
Mission: Maths Passport
As our Mathematicians reach 'Globetrotting' status, they can plot and reveal where they want to travel to...
It's amazing just how much learning, and how many missions, we can gain from a load of junk!
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...
Our Renaissance Education
Our 'Learning Journey' through the Renaissance...
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?...
British History's Greatest Mystery
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!
Hoorah Hampton Court!
Having celebrated 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, chapels and debated in Council Chambers, all to help us track the life of Henry's tumultuous reign.
Being steeped in history, we still found playing Tudor games, posing on 'The Queens Stairs', posing by giant mushrooms, and posing, generally - particularly enjoyable! Oh, and can you spot the statue amongst one of our Year 6 photoshoots?!
From our posing to Henry VIII’s posing in our ‘Portraits, Performance and Propaganda’ workshop, we unpicked iconic Tudor Paintings to uncover their truths, looking for clues and inferring detail. Fascinating!
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.
Measuring up the Tudors!
From Henry’s fluctuating waistline, to how many pints of ale he drank in a week; to the distance from Eltham Palace to Hampton Court, and the height of the White Tower - we collected an array of mathematical measures, devised word problems and converted! We even made life size Henry VIII’s as he spanned his ‘Seven Ages’. We were amazed!