Autumn Term - Ancient Greece
Autumn Term 1:
Enquiry Question: What was the legacy of the Ancient Greeks?
Core text: Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans
Autumn Term 2:
Enquiry Question: Is there a difference between a home and a house?
Core text: Belonging by Jeannie Baker
Black History Month - October 2021
To celebrate Black History Month, we discussed the importance of this month and why it is celebrated. Then we learnt about the famous boxer Mohammad Ali and why he is remembered for his speaking and achievements in boxing and activist work. Finally, we worked in groups to complete a quiz about significant black people from the past and present, finding the answers on posters all around the school.
English - battle poetry
In English this week, we have learnt the story of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Troy. We created our own battle poetry, describing what we might see or hear in the battle. Finally, we performed our poems, trying to use clear expressive voices and mime.
States of Matter
In Science this term, we have:
- Identified and classified solids, liquids and gases.
- Explored whether we can see gases.
- Observed and measured the rate and temperatures at which different solids melt.
- Observed different solids freezing and melting and compared their appearance and temperature.
- Observed condensation and tested which areas of the classroom allow for quicker evaporation and why.
- Ordered the stages of the water cycle.
We have really enjoyed progressing in our Karate skills this term. We have just started learning our new Kata, working towards our yellow belt.
During History this term, we have taken part in a range of enquires to answer the overarching question: How can we find out about the civilisation of Ancient Greece?
- Who were the Ancient Greeks? We identified Greece on a map and located the period of Ancient Greece on a timeline. We learnt that Ancient Greece was made up of city states which had different rules. We worked in groups to research the differences between the rival states: Athens and Sparta.
- Can we learn anything from Greek myths and legends? By analysing different myths, we gained an insight into Ancient Greek beliefs and practices.
- What do artefacts tell us about life in Ancient Greece? We discovered we can learn about Greece through analysing pottery, friezes, and statues.
- What do archaeological sites tell us about life in Ancient Greece? We looked closely at photographs and site plans of archaeological sites and suggested what they might be used for using our understanding of the Greeks. Finally, we worked in partner, pretending we were tour guides showing a a tourist around one of the sites.
In Geography, we have been comparing the physical geography in Nottinghamshire and the UK with Athens and Greece. We have used atlases and maps to find similarities and differences between the mountains in both countries and the land elevation.
In Computing, we have been learning about effective online searching strategies. We have used different search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo to answer questions and have used strategies such a quotation marks to narrow our results down.
In our first States of Matter lesson, we worked in groups to classify objects into solids and liquids. We noticed that some objects such as salt and flour were difficult to classify. We then discussed the properties of solids and liquids and identified the discovered the particle formation in each state.