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Movers and Shakers

This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. They will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance.

Vocabulary

significant       past          activist         artist        explorer       scientist       monarch      decade 

 

Learning about why someone is significant… using the Dawson Model

Working in groups to group and sort significant people into what they were known for: activist, monarch, artist, explorer or scientist

We discussed today, which of the significant people were the MOST significant and which were the LEAST. We used a ‘Diamond Model’ to share our ideas!

Learning about dates in history and timelines

Today we learnt more about significant activists from the past.

Learning all about why Rosa Parks is significant! We used drama to recreate the moments that changed the way black people were treated forever. In English this term , we are also reading about Rosa Parks in our non- fiction sessions and writing a diary all about that infamous day!

Today we learnt about how historical information can be either factual or someone’s opinion.

Companion Project

Can you make a paper bridge? 


Children learn how we can make weak, flexible materials stronger and more rigid by changing their shape.

Investigation
Children will work in small groups to investigate the properties of a single sheet of newspaper, including how well it can support weight. They will fold, roll, bend, twist and layer the paper, observing how the new shapes affect the paper's properties. Children will hen work with four new sheets of newspaper. In groups, they think of ways to use the newspaper to create a bridge across a gap between two desks. They will then test their bridge's strength and durability by placing a toy goat (the Billy Goat's Gruff) on to the structure.

Conclusion
Materials like newspaper are flexible and weak, but we can make them stronger and more rigid by layering, folding, rolling and twisting.

Key vocabulary

  • bend
  • bridge
  • flexible
  • fold
  • rigid
  • roll
  • strong
  • twist
  • weak

Companion Project

How do germs spread?

Children observe how easily germs can spread through direct and indirect contact.

Investigation
Children work in groups and one child from each group has the palms of their hands covered in coloured glitter. The children then take part in activities or games for 5-10 minutes. When the time is up, they examine everyone's hands, faces, clothes and the area they worked in, including any objects they touched. The children consider what this tells them about how germs are spread.

Conclusion
Germs easily spread directly and indirectly from person to person. We can wash our hands to help reduce the spread of germs.

Key vocabulary

  • clean
  • dirty
  • germ
  • illness
  • soap
  • wash

The investigation day …

Companion Project

Still Life

This project teaches children about the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques. They explore a wide variety of still lifes and learn about the use of colour and composition. They create still life arrangements and artwork.

Miss Allen turned the art room into a gallery this afternoon. We enjoyed looking at still life paintings by different artists and were surprised that some were painted hundreds of years ago!

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