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Summer 1 2021 - Gods and Mortals

 

From nothingness came chaos; from chaos came air and water; from air and water came life. Then, rising majestically from the darkness, came Gaia, Mother Earth, a beacon of warmth and light. Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.

 

Subjects covered: History, Geography, PSHE, Art and design, and Computing.

Week 6

Religious Education

 

An end of topic celebration, eating Jewish bread - Challah and Matzah!

 

People of Jewish faith enjoy sharing the bread during Shavuot as it is the Jewish celebration of harvest, as well as the Torah and the Ten Commandments, and takes place after the barley harvest but before the wheat harvest begins. 

Week 5

Religious Education through Drama

 

We had great fun using the drama activity, Whoosh, to bring the Bible story Ruth and Naomi to life.

 

After this activity we had time to reflect on the story, discussing Ruth's character and thinking about the decisions we would have made if we were in the same position. We also discussed why the story is important to Jewish people during the festival of Shavuot and the importance of friendship and loyalty within our lives.

History

We've had a great afternoon of History today in Class 2. We identified the features of different ancient Greek soldiers (psiloi, hoplite, peltast and cavalry), before creating some real life versions in the classroom!

Week 4

Reading Comprehension

 

Some very impressive references being made to our reading comprehension strands today in order to reflect on which skill is being used for each comprehension questions. Lots of brilliant discussion!

Religious Education

 

We have had fun learning all about the Jewish law of Kashrut.

 

We sorted foods into those that the Jewish faith believe are fit to eat (kosher) and those that cannot be eaten (trefah). Some of us thought that it would be difficult to not eat meat from a pig!

 

We also looked into how we would organise our kitchens and meals so that meats do not mix with dairy. Many of us would miss meat loaded pizzas and cheese burgers!

 

The whole lesson made us realise how dedicated to the Judaism Jewish people are and how much self-control they have in order to follow God's wishes.

Art

 

Some snippets of our Greek pottery designs in progress! We looked at a range of different designs and shapes, before using these to create our own.

History

 

What better way to embed our history of famous Greeks research than with a game of homemade Top Trumps?!

Week 3

Week 2

Reading Comprehension

 

We have been using a range of reading comprehension skills this week. We started with our predicting skills.

To link with our RE, we used the image below of a Jewish Synagogue to predict what we thought the inside would be like based on what we could see on the outside. Some of us were very shocked about how plain the inside was compared to the ornate towers on the outside of the building. 

We then progressed onto specifically thinking about the Torah scroll. We watched an information clip about how important it is and how it is treated with great respect by people of the Jewish faith. We answered both retrieval and inference questions.

Religious Education

 

After learning so much about the Torah in our reading comprehension lesson, we all became Torah scribes this afternoon and made our own Torah scrolls. We discussed how people of the Jewish faith believe the Torah explains how God would like them to live their lives. We all thought of different ways that we thought were important to lead happy, fulfilled lives and wrote them on our Torah scrolls.

Art

 

On Monday, we started our 3D sculptures by studying the Easter Island statues. We knew that ancient Greece was famous for having lots of detailed, elaborate statues but thought we should start our sculpting journey with something a little less intricate! After comparing the two styles, noting the similarities and differences, we set upon designing and making our own versions. We talked about malleable and rigid materials, and the children were fantastic at calling upon their previous knowledge of clay to define these terms. Today, we needed to make a secure foundation, ready to fix the Modroc onto tomorrow!

On Tuesday, we started the really fun part - the Modroc! We had great fun experimenting with the textures and amount of water we needed to effectively cover our sculptures. 

Week 1

DT - food preparation

 

Having talked about the ways we can remain hygienic throughout the food preparation process, especially at the moment, we followed some instructions to prepare some delicious Greek feta pittas! We worked in groups, sharing the responsibilities and roles, including squeezing the lemon juice, cutting the vegetables and mixing the ingredients together. We had great fun and revised the features of instructions at the same time! 

 

 

Swimming

 

We all had such a wonderful time during our first swimming lesson! Everybody tried their best and even those that were nervous at the beginning relaxed and had fun.

 

Our swimming teachers were all very proud of us and we can't wait to go back next week!

Religious Education - Memorable Experience

 

In pairs, we discussed the rules for the game Tig. After feeding back, we realised the rules were very different and we all seemed to be playing lots of different versions of the game!

 

We concluded that we needed to create a class set of rules, with which we all agreed, before we played. This was quite difficult to complete as it took a lot of compromise but in the end, we had our final version and we were ready to play!

All in all, the game went well and we had great fun!

 

After the game, we reflected on how difficult it would have been to play without agreeing the rules. It may have been unfair, disorganised and generally unenjoyable!

 

Over the next few weeks we will be learning all about the Jewish festival of Shavuot. We will explore the importance of the Torah and the Ten Commandments to the Jewish faith and how it is believed that they contain the rules for how God would like them to live their lives.

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