Summer Term news!
The summer term has begun with the theme 'Imaginary worlds' with links to fantasy stories and mythical creatures. In DT we made toys of the Iron Man, using our knowledge of switches from science to light up the eyes. In art we created Jan Pienkowski inspired silhouettes of Alice and Wonderland.
Our 'Treasures of the Peak' topic beings after half term. Letters regarding the trip have been sent out and copies can be found below. We will be studying the village of Eyam and comparing it to our village of Melbourne.
Partake Viking Day
Both classes have had a wonderful day run by Partake. They demonstrated how Viking warriors would be dressed and gave us a full explanation of Viking weaponry. We never knew there were so many different types of arrow heads! In groups, we planned out how we would create a settlement and have attempted a variety of Viking crafts, including weaving, pottery, bracelet making and grinding corn. After lunch, each class participated in a drama activity and create Viking shields. Phew!
A huge thank you to the PTA for funding this amazing day and to the parents for providing amazing costumes for the children.
Photos will be able to view on the class pages very soon.
Raiders and Invaders!
Please find a copy of our year group letter for this term and the homework menu below.
Much of our work this term will involve links to our new history unit where we will study aspects of history from the Anglo Saxon and Viking periods. As part of this unit, we have an experience day planned by the Partake historical company (the same company who provided the wonderful Roman day in Y3) on February 13th.
Our English unit for the next few weeks focuses on newspapers. We will be very grateful for any newspapers that could be sent into school and please encourage your child to look through any examples at home. Online versions are also fine. This could count towards their reading rewards too, so please indicate this in their diaries.
What an exciting term we had with our 'Ciao Italia' geography based topic which involved a virtual tour through Italy.
On our launch day we came to school dressed in the colours of the Italian flag and tasted lots of yummy Italian foods.
We have completed lots of quite tricky map work and studied the physical landscape of Italy, written postcards from Rome and blogs from Venice in our English lessons inspired by video clips of the region (Mrs Fowkes even brought in the Venetian masks she bought when she visited Rome for us to try on)
We made volcanoes in DT and mimicked an eruption using baking powder and vinegar! The finished volcanoes were so popular we had to pick names out randomly to choose who got to take them home.
The unit accumulated with our Pizza project, including a visit to the popular Amalfi White restaurant in Melbourne, who kindly gave us a complimentary pizza making demonstration followed by pizza sampling. We then made our own pizzas in school. (See the class pages for some photographs)
Next term, we will still be continuing with some aspects of our Italy topic, but also including some science work on sound and states of matter. It's always a busy term with the Christmas production and visit to the pantomime.
You can find copies of our Autumn letter and photos of the food tasting in documents below: