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Enterprise: Communication and Celebration!

 

This term our focus will on History and we will be exploring communication over the ages and how it has changed. We will be linking this with our DT/Art topic where we will be creating thank-you cards to sell. This topic, will see us explore the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt and a developing Britain to see how communication evolved over time. 

 

Today, we explored communication and compared the Stone Age to modern day society. We discussed what we thought 'communicate' meant and created a definition too. 

 

Today, we looked at different periods of history and how communication has developed over time. We had a blank timeline and stuck and labelled different images of the ways we communicate in chronological order of when they would have been used. 

We have since added to our double page with even more facts about communication over the Stone Age and modern day!

Misty Mountains

During Summer term 1, our topic will have a geography focus, as we explore mountains and mountain ranges across Europe and America. We will be exploring how mountains are formed, what types of mountain there are and doing a case study of three different mountains. 

 

We have recently explored how mountains are formed, the different types of mountains, features of mountains and then specifically studied the Alps using our Atlas to locate the continents and countries the mountain range extends to. 

This week we have explored another Mountain in Europe, this time a mountain in Scotland called Ben Nevis. We used our Atlas's to find page numbers, grid references and facts about the mountain and then compared it to the Alps.

We have also been exploring mountain ranges outside of Europe and this time we went to South America! We looked at The Andes and also did a bit of historical and geographical study of Machu Picchu, an old Inca civilisation upon a Mountain within the Andes. We then compared the three mountains/ranges we have looked at so far. 

Meet the Flintstones!

In Spring Term 2, our topic has a History focus, as we explore all about life in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. We will be going back in time to place these periods on a timeline and look at how each period of time developed and changed. The children will be using a range of sources to find out about the past and will explore which period they would have preferred to live in! We will also be looking at local areas of History, including the Greenwich Barrows and Stone Henge. 

 

Today, we explored the Bronze Age and looked at the chronology of different time periods in History that we have studied. We looked at cave paintings and what they can help tell us about the best and linked this with our learning about Ancient Egypt and made comparisons! We also made our own small cave paintings on sandpaper to emulate the texture of the rocks and did some group work to find out facts about the Bronze Age. 

      

Today, we explored the Bronze Age and how this era developed in comparison to the Stone Age. The children looked at different artefacts, asked questions and then found out what they really were. 

 

 

Today in our History Topic lesson, we learnt lots of fun facts about Stonehenge. For example, work began in the late Neolithic Age, around 3000 BC. Over the next few thousand years, people made many changes to the monument. The last changes were made in the early Bronze Age, around 1500 BC. After, we created our own Stonehenge model and decorated it with more Stonehenge facts!

  

  

Today, we visited the Iron Age! We looked at Hillforts and how they were used to protect villages, designed our own new Iron Age weapon/tool and compared the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, discussing which we would prefer to live in and why. 

Explorers of the UK!

 

Our next topic is Geography focussed and we will be exploring counties and cities within the UK. We will be doing some fieldwork and using maps, atlases and globes to find out more about the UK!

 

 

Today we went to Gillespie Park and visited their Ecology Centre, where we went orienteering! We looked at features on a map and how to locate them using a key, used compasses and then applied our new skills outdoors to find different points of the park! Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers, we had a great time and we hope you did too! 

           

 

This week we have also been looking at human and physical features on maps of our local area and created our very own sketch map of Islington. 

   

   

Today we practised using grid references to find countries and cities within Europe. We also focussed on the UK and France and compared some of their human and physical features. 

   

The past couple of weeks, we have studied the UK; what countries it is made up of, what the capital cities and flags are of each one, as well as what a county is and identifying different counties across the UK. We also did a comparison between London and a city in the North, making reference to their Human and Physical features. 

   

Eyes on our Planet

This terms topic will focus on our geography skills, with a European focus. We will look at various aspects of climate change and global warming across Europe and what we can do to support changes that need to take place for the better.

 

We have spent the last couple of weeks in Geography, recognising different hemispheres, locating continents and countries and identifying cities and places within those. We have also explored endangered animals and what we can do to help support them in their natural habitats. 

   

Today, we investigated the impact of climate change on bees! We made our own headbands to celebrate being bees and looked at how they benefit our eco-systems and the number of important jobs they do to help plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables, reproduce. We looked at three main dangers to bees; pesticides, pollution and construction and identified ways in which we can help them survive. 

         

Today we wrote a letter to Jeremy Corbyn outlining the threats faced by bees and what we think we could do as community to help! We presented the letter in our books inside a little beehive. 

  

 

Today, we made designs and printed them onto t-shirts to create our 'save the bee tees'. Afterwards, we discussed what designs we used and why and presented them in our books. Our t-shirts will be going home with the children but we kindly ask that in return we receive a small donation which we will send to Friends of the Earth charity who work hard to keep our population of bees happy!  

      

      

 

For our final session, we created minute of me podcasts! The children organised themselves into groups and were given picture stimuli on Seesaw, as well as their topic books. They then wrote out scripts and recorded their podcasts onto Seesaw! 

      

      

Tomb Raiders-Ancient Egypt

This is a history based topic looking at Ancient Egypt! The children will be immersed in the culture, religion and politics of Ancient Egyptian society and compare how it is different to today!

 

In our lessons we have explored timelines and chronologically ordered events during the Ancient Egyptian dynasty. 

 

We recently looked at the River Nile and the hierarchy and structure of Ancient Egyptian Society and the children produced their own pyramids and facts about it. 

We also wrote as if we were one of the groups in society and drew a picture of ourselves playing that role. We then added facts around it. 

 

Here is some of our work today on Egyptian Gods and Goddesses!

    

 

Today we learnt about the Afterlife and how Egyptians would safely be able to enter. We wrote out the process, created our own spells and 'Book of the Dead' and wrote out little facts we found in canopic jar templates. 

   

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