Our Settlement trip!
To reinforce our learning of settlement types, we visited Harrietsham, Whitstable and Canterbury. We compared the different settlements and discussed land use for each. We Identified features/facilities, used a map to navigate and interviewed local businesses to gather information. It was so much fun!
Our final learning experience this term will be focusing on sculpture. We will begin by comparing two sculpture artists; Emily Motto and Antony Gormley. Then we will have an exciting workshop day with Emily, who will be creating sculptures with us and talking about her artwork. After that we will use the skills and knowledge we have learnt to design and plan our own sculptures, combining the style of Antony Gormley and Emily Motto. Finally we will create our final sculptures in groups, using a range of recyclable materials and joining techniques.
To kickstart our learning we focused on two sculpture artists, Emily Motto and Antony Gormley. We compared them both and discussed anything we liked, disliked and initial thoughts about their artwork.
Check out our finished sculptures below!
As part of the designing process for our sculptures, we created a mood board of colours, materials and ideas as a group. We considered the effectiveness, strength and joining of different materials.
Then, we used the ideas from our mood boards to create our design, in the style of both artists.
Next, we began creating our sculptures. We cut and moulded chicken wire to make the armature.
We shaped and moulded our chicken wire to create our armature, using a range of joins to secure. We found that cable ties were the strongest.
Finally, we used our designs to finish our sculptures!
Our workshop with Emily Motto!
We had the exciting opportunity to work with famous artist, Emily Motto. We worked in groups to create our sculptures, using recyclable materials. Check them out below!
We named our creations the ‘The leg of Art’, ‘King Bob’, ‘Eiffel tower’ and ‘The room of Sculpture’.
To deepen our learning of Christianity we will begin with palm knowledge, learning five key components of this religion. After that, we will discuss and explore how Christianity and God is represented in different ways and compare sources to see what Christianity means to different Christians. To finish this unit we will learn about the importance of the holy bible within Christianity and explore the meaning of the holy trinity.
We looked at different sources and representations of God and discussed what this might show about different Christian beliefs.
Today we took our learning outside for our orienteering workshop. We played a variety of games to learn map reading skills.
Bones are humerus I'm patella-ing you!
To kickstart this term, we will be learning about skeletons and muscles. We will begin by looking at nutrition and learning the importance of food groups and having a balanced diet. After that, we will look at different types of skeletons - locating different bones in the human body and sorting animals into exoskeletons, endoskeletons, invertebrates and vertebrates. Finally we will look at muscles within the body and learn how antagonistic pairs contract and relax to help the body function and move.
This term we will be looking at the different types of forces. We will begin by learning about four types of forces, air resistance, water resistance, gravity and friction. we will explore this practically with real life examples. After that, we will focus on friction and complete our own scientific investigation to find out which material creates the most and least friction. We will write up this investigation, discussing our independent, dependent and control variables. We will also discuss how we can make this a fair test. Then, we will move on to magnetic force - looking at how magnets interact with each other and which poles attract and repel. Finally, we will complete a final scientific investigation to see which materials are magnetic and whether all metals are magnetic.
We wrote up our research question and discussed the equipment and resources we would need. We tested out which material would have the most friction when travelling down the slide. We chose children to record the time taken to slide down, using a stopwatch. Finally, we evaluated our investigation discussing what we would improve next time and explained our results.
We used one child to keep it a fair test. The materials we tested were rubber, hessian, paper, plastic and cotton. Our results suggested that rubber definitely had the most friction!
Next, we investigated magnetic force. We looked at which poles attract and repel and explored our classroom to see which materials were magnetic. We also wanted to see if magnets could attract at a distance and through different materials.
After our last experiment, we concluded only metal materials were magnetic. However, we wanted to see if ALL metals were. We tested a variety of metal objects which included a coca-cola can, a spoon, a coin, tin foil, a paperclip and a sharpener. Despite some of our predictions, our experiment concluded that NOT all metals are magnetic!
The focus of our Learning Experience this term will look at the timeline and chronology of the roman empire across Europe and within Britain. We will explore significant figures, lifestyle and major events during this time, including the invasion of Britain. Children will understand what life was like as a roman, including schooling, jobs and housing. Finally, we will look at a variety of sources and evidence to investigate and draw conclusions about the lasting impact of the roman empire on life today.
We started our topic with a Roman day! First, we learnt about the timeline of the Roman Empire across Europe and Britain and role played this in the hall. This included the legend of Romulus and Remus in 753BC (we even had a shewolf come and visit us!) Throughout the day we completed different workshops, where we looked at ancient roman artefacts, roman gods and completed a quiz to showcase of all our learning. It was so much fun!
We learnt about different Roman battle tactics and recreated these in class. We discussed which formations we thought were more effective and why. We tried the testudo, triple line and wedge formation. We decided to test them out in our own Roman battle!
Our Roman battle!
Rome-ing around London!
This term for our Learning Experience we will be comparing the two cities London and Rome. First, we will look at the seven continents and oceans of the world and zoom in closer to Europe. We will compare the climate, features, food and culture of both countries and then more specifically their capital cities. To consolidate our learning we will be visiting the London Eye to see London from a new perspective!
Our Italian afternoon!
To continue our learning of Rome, we immersed ourselves in Italian culture. We enjoyed tasting popular Italian food, playing traditional games, learning new words and building landmarks. It was fantastico!
Some of us enjoyed the food tasting more than others…
Our school trip to London!
First, we drove to North Greenwich and travelled on the London Underground to our destination. We spotted the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf!
Then, we hopped on to a cruise along the River Thames. We spotted lots of famous landmarks and learnt new facts on our tour.
London river cruise
After that, we rode on the London Eye. We spotted Buckingham Palace and even Wembley Stadium! We created a tally to record how many red buses, boats and bridges we could see. We waved across to the group in the pod next to us.
Finally, we headed back to school. It was a very quiet bus journey home!
We created London in our classroom. We used different resources to create each landmark and placed these around the River Thames using Google maps to helps us.
For our next Learning Experience we will be using a variety of skills to create and sell our own pencil cases for Macmillan coffee morning. We will be observing and comparing different fabrics, learning different stitches and applying different designs. We will also be comparing different artists and learning how to decorate fabric using tie dye and batik techniques.
For our first Learning Experience of the year, we will be exploring how to use the internet purposefully and safely. We will cover a variety of areas, including the benefits of internet use and how it can help us. We will also look at staying safe online, protecting ourselves from online abuse and discuss the danger of too much internet consumption.
In Spanish, we have been learning basic phrases and greetings. Some of us role played our conversations to the class.
We have been looking at the place value of 3-digit numbers. We explored this practically using dienes.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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