Our second Learning Challenge of the year will focus on the Anglo-Saxons. This activity is linked to our local area (having one of the oldest Saxon churches, in Britain, in the village). We will remind ourselves of the terms ‘settlement’ and ‘invasion’ and discuss the names and places created by this civilisation. Religion will play an integral part of our topic and the children will be given the chance to understand the mystery surrounding Sutton Hoo and its Pagan links. We will also look at the story of Beowulf and focus on the myth/ legend.
As historians, we will be exploring and researching to find out who the Mayans were and what have we learnt from them. We will be giving the children opportunities to discuss and predict ideas from images linked to our learning challenge. We will look for evidence of advanced technology and focus on pyramids and what we can learn from them. The children will also get the chance to make and taste some Mayan drinking chocolate.
As scientists, we will get the children thinking about ‘What is our place in the universe?’ We will look at Earth and Space and how Earth is relative to the Sun. We will also discuss the Earth’s rotation and how it impacts on the seasons throughout the year. This topic will be linked to Art and Design where the children will produce paintings using techniques unique to Hundertwasser and create images of the planets in our solar system.
Today we continued to read Friend or Foe written by Michael Morpurgo. We wanted to understand what it must have been like for children to be evacuated from their homes during World War 2. Therefore, we went into role play and imagined the feelings and thoughts of the children as well as their parents.