In Hodgkin Class (Year 5), we fully embrace the new Primary Strategy and through it we teach a wide, interesting and challenging curriculum. Our projects are influenced by the children's interests, and highly skilled teaching ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives across the year and over time. Our projects run for the entire term and involve exciting opportunities including trips, visitors, engineering days, 'Wow Days' and dress-up days.
Summer 2022, well what a great project to end the year! 'It's all Greek to me!' provides us with so many amazing experiences to have, knowledge to learn and memories to be made. Our overarching question is 'What have the Greeks done for us?' and we will see the many things that the Greeks introduced and how they can still be seen in everyday life in 2022. We will start the term off with our Superb Starter of a visit to the virtual British Museum followed by an Art Day, later in the term, our Mix-it-up middle will be a trip (location is still under lock and key, on a needs to know basis!), and then finally our Enthralling Ending will be a Greek Banquet where we will have made the food, including the bread, and also smash some paper plates!
Our curriculum, where we can, will echo our classroom environment and will be themed on all things Greek, our classroom will have its very own taverna, Acropolis ruin and sun lounge! Our texts will be heavily focused on Greek myths and legends and tales of the Gods and Goddesses, but we have got two excellent recently published books called 'The Beast of Olympus' and 'Mark of the Cyclops' which I hope will really engage the children. In our English lessons we will look at the war between the Athenians and the Spartans, find out why Icarus flew too close to the sun, explore symbolism during a project on tourism, and research the history of the Olympic games and their origins. We always teach maths in practical and exciting ways to deepen the children's understanding, ensuring that the children master the skills with fluency, being able to use, reason and apply their skills, thus providing a solid foundation to build on in Year 6. Our Maths will mostly be standalone from our topic, however there are several times where we can work cross-curricular and as our Maths' skills are becoming well-developed we will continue this search for a deeper understanding of all things Maths with an investigation into triangular numbers and also investigating which words in Maths find their origins from the Greek language.
Our Art projects will include a Medusa sewing collaborative piece of work and also Greek patterned cross-stitch. We will link the art to music and how colour is important and affects our moods; we will also be looking at Greek Theatre masks. We will continue to use Scratch to refine our programming skills and improve our ability to problem solve when things don't go to plan. We will be tending our allotment during the term and harvesting the fruits of our labours to prepare and eat in class, as well as making our final week banquet. In DT, we will be creating columns, looking at their 'capitals', the tops, and making our own, and learning how to strengthen structures. In Geography, we will investigate the human and physical geography of Greece and compare it to our own country. In our History lessons we will be exploring how the Greeks lived and their many inventions i.e. medicines, Archimedes screw and water wheels. In our music lessons, we will be learning different ways to create music and performing this using body percussion, instruments and our own voices. In PE, we will be playing a range of striking and fielding games, learning a dance for the Queen's Jubilee and perfecting our athletic skills. In RE, we will be learning about Islam and we already have a visitor booked to come and see us to tell us about their religion, also we will be asking the Big Questions like how do we know right from wrong and do you have to have a faith to live in 2022. Our Science focus for the term will be living things, looking at the human body, habitats, life cycles, all living things and how to categorise them, in addition to perfecting our scientific knowledge on how to conduct experiments. What a huge amount to get through - how will we have time to get any learning done!!!
In Hodgkin Class we always ensure that the children have an amazing and fun experience, creating memories that will stay with the children for a lifetime. This is an absolutely packed topic and I am so looking forward to teaching it, and enjoying our lovely outdoor space as much as we can.