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World War II

To begin this experience, Elm Trees will start by looking at the key events which took place and triggered the start of WWII. We will identify the key countries which were involved in the war and understand who fought for the Allies and the Axis. Next, our learning will be focused around Britain, how the public supported the war effort and how life changed for the people of Britain. We will be looking into: evacuation, rationing, air raids, women's roles and propaganda to gain an understanding of what wartime Britain was like. Children will look at some of the major military campaigns - such as The Blitz and The Battle of Britain - which were launched against Britain and the impact that these had on the country. Throughout, we will look at the affects the war had locally, in Kent, and how the county played a role. 

To begin our learning experience, Elm Trees looked at some of the key events which triggered the start of WWII and created a timeline to show these in chronological order.

We listened to Neville Chamberlain's speech announcing the start of WWII and created diary entries, imagining that we were there.

Elm Trees looked at how Dover Castle played a vital role in WWII, particularly how it coordinated Operation Dynamo. They then had a go at cracking and creating codes!

For this experience, Elms will be exploring abstract expressionism in art in preparation for creating their own masterpiece. They will have the opportunity to experiment with painting techniques such as scumbling and overpainting and will also explore how colour can create mood and emotion.  They will analyse the work of Joan Miro and use this as inspiration for their own artwork to evaluate and improve before creating their final masterpiece on a canvas!


Check out the knowledge organiser and progression grid below.

We analysed examples of Absract Expressionism created by a range of different artists. We foudnthat abstract art doesn't always look like an obvious representation of the subject. We also discussed the use of shape, lines, colour and patterns

We exploded how to create depth to our drawings using outlines.

We identified primary and secondary colours and then mixed these to create tertiary colours.

We used the colour wheel to identfy contracsting and complimentary colours

We added black and white to colours to create tints and shades

To create mood and atmosphere in our work, we looked at warm and cool colours and talked about how each colour makes us feel. We then analysed some art work to look at how colour had created mood.

Over the next 2 weeks, Elm Trees will be working hard to adapt a basic cheesecake recipe to create a unique and exciting new product that could be sold in supermarkets.  They will have the opportunity to analyse the existing range of cheesecakes currently on offer in supermarkets before researching and generating their own ideas to identify who their target group will be and how they will adapt the recipe to ensure the aesthetics, taste and texture of their product is to great standard. 

We analysed the existing range of cheesecakes on offer in local supermarkets. we discovered that they range was quite limited!

We followed a recipe to make a vanilla cheesecake. Our arms were definitely aching from whisking the cream until if formed soft peaks.

An exciting experience awaits Elms upon their return to school! For the remainder of Term 4, we will be discovering the deepest depths of our solar system, the planets within it, and how it all came to exist!  To kick off this amazing experience, the children will have a virtual workshop with a tour of space from the comfort of our very own classroom. They will also get the amazing opportunity to create their own VR version of the solar system before applying all their knowledge to write a non-chronological report on a chosen planet.  Alongside all the mind-blowing science, the children will be researching space missions in English to prepare for writing their own newspaper article about one of their choice. It's going to be out of this world!!

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We kicked off our experience with a Zoom workshop where we were able to do an experiment with pepper and washing up liquid to help us understand how the universe was made. We even go to see an AR solarsystem in the classroom!

We discovered that the Earth rotates on its axis. This gives us day and night because one side faces the sun (experiencing daytime) while the other side is facing away (experiencing night time).

Today, we gathered and presented evidence that shows the Earth is spherical and not flat!

We recreated the phases of the Moon using Oreos!

We have learnt the names and order of the planets in our Solar System! Cleverly, we created some silly mnemonics to help us!

Using our knowledge of the planets, we started work on creating our own AR Solar Systems!

During this experience, we will explore the different states of matter and their properties.  We will do this by conducting fair tests to discover what happens to certain solid materials when added to water of varying temperatures.  We will also investigate reversible and irreversible changes to identify which objects can change their state of matter. Drawing all of this scientific knowledge together, we will then begin investigating the best ingredients to create our very own bath bombs! 

Elm trees have been exploring the states of matter and their properties

We have been added solid particles to water so find out which are soluble and which are insoluble

We conducted an experiment to identify reversible and irreversible changes

We looked at a range of existing bathbombs and discussed their appearance, scent, reaction and how they left our skin feeling. We then thought about how they could be improved.

To kick off our new geography learning experience, the children will have the opportunity explore Nepalese culture (including food!) before starting to explore its vast geographic features.  During the experience, we will explore the countries and oceans that surround Nepal  and discover how its human and physical features have generated an economy dominated by tourism! We'll also be exploring the town of Lumbini (birth place of Buddha) and comparing life there to life in Maidstone!

To kick off our experience, we had a Nepal afternoon with food, dancing and a quiz! We all tried each of the food items ( the Lime Pickle was a little hotter than we anticipated!).

We began our geography learning by identifying and location the continents and oceans. We then located Nepal, England and lines of longitude and latitude.

We explored the human and physical features of London and Kathmandu, discussing how the cities had changed over the last 100 years and then thinking about what they might look like in 100 years time.

When comparing the topography of the UK and Nepal, we found that Southern Nepal is flat land, Central Nepal is covered in hills and valleys, while Northern Nepal has vast ranges of mountains like the Himalayas.

We identified key tourist features in Maidstone and Lumbini. We added symbols to maps to represents these features and then created a key.

We researched the average monthly temperature in Maidstone and Lumbini and used this information to create graphs. It was clear that Lumbini has a much warmer climate than Maidstone!

Check out our informative videos, all about Nepal, using the link below!
Our second Learning Experience this term links to our first one as it is still based on the Ancient Egyptians.  We will be delving into the world of design and creating our own artefact fit for a Pharaoh's burial chamber! Be it a mummified cat (or person!), a piece of grand furniture, a pot to hold water or even a canopic jar so the Gods can look after the mummies' organs, this Learning Experience explores the treasures found by many a tomb raider of Egypt. Watch this space for some updates on our designs and products!

Check out our Ancient Egyptian Knowledge Organiser

We kicked off our learning with an Ancient Egyptian workshop. To start with we looked at the events before, during and after the Egyptian period and created a human timeline!

The mummification process was great fun to learn about and very gory!!