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The Ancient Greeks
Throughout Autumn term we have been learning all about the Ancient Greeks and have been making some comparisons with modern Greece.
We have learnt about what life was like in Ancient Greek times, reflecting on the perspectives of the citizens living then. We sang songs in Music about the Trojan War and each class turned their classroom into a court room for an afternoon to debate whether Athens or Sparta was the best city state. We also used atlases and Google earth to identify and compare the physical features of Greece in comparison to the UK.
In Art and DT, we created Ancient Greek pots, using clay, which represented 21st century life. We have also begun making Ancient Greek theatre masks, using papier mache, which will include exaggerated expressions.
In Science this term our topic is 'Animals including humans'.
We have learnt about the digestive system and what happens to our food when it is consumed. We had a lot of fun working together to create a model that represents the digestive process. We explored healthy and unhealthy foods and discussed the importance of having a balanced diet. We analysed the nutritional content on various food wrappers and made comparisons.
Next, we looked at our teeth. We learnt the names of different types of teeth; incisors, canines, premolars and molars. We discussed how to keep our teeth healthy including why to avoid too much sugar. We investigated the effects of sugar on our teeth by storing eggs in various sugary drinks as egg shells contain enamel which is what we have on our teeth to protect them.
Finally, we learnt about how energy is passed from one living thing to another. We drew food chains and made human food webs to show this. We have also begun classifying living things in different ways.
In RE, we have learnt about Hindu beliefs and practices. We explored the various gods and goddesses and what they represent. What can your child tell you?
In Computing, we have worked on our Word processing, PowerPoint and Publisher skills. We have learnt how to insert and resize images, copy and paste, screenshot and print in various formats. We have now begun working on our coding skills and will be starting to use the program 'Logo'. Can your child show you their skills at home?
In the first half term we were practising singing and in the second half term we learnt how to use ocarinas.
In the first half term, we practising our ball skills and played some netball games. In the second half term, we worked on our hockey skills and played hockey games.
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