Across the year groups, the children have been asking a “Big Question” about a particular faith or world view and learning more about it to answer their question.
This half term we investigated the beliefs of Islam. We focussed heavily on the five pillars of Islam and the commitment Muslims make to prayer each day and their pilgrimage.
This half term we have been focussing on Hinduism. The children have really enjoyed looking at karma and how Hindu’s believe they can receive good and bad karma. We also have considered the difference between right and wrong and how our opinions on this may differ from others. During this unit the children were particularly fascinated by the idea of reincarnation and many thought it was a nice idea that Hindu’s believe in.
We looked at Christianity through art and music, looking at stained glass windows, art and sculpture. The children responded through poetry and creating illuminated letters and designing El Salvador crosses to show how they wanted to represent their idea of hope.
During the first half of the summer term, year 6 have been learning about how the Islamic religion has influenced art, architecture and learning across the world. The children were fascinated to learn that the number system we use is the one introduced in Baghdad over 1000 years ago, and that many of the medical practices and instruments in use today were also introduced by the scholars then too. We have looked at the concepts behind the Islamic patterns found on many buildings and learnt that many patterns in Islam follow geometric designs to encourage meditation on the infinity of God. The children also enjoyed creating their own repeating geometric patterns in the Islamic style.
In Geography this term, we have gained an understanding of longitude and latitude and have been able to use co-ordinates to find a country and city on a map. We have also been researching an African country, finding out its human and physical features as well as interesting facts and presenting this on a PowerPoint presentation as part of our Computing sessions.
In year 5 we have been doing a local area study of the Norfolk Broads. We looked at where they are in England, and practised naming the counties in England. We then looked at the history of the Broads and how they were actually man-made by medieval peat diggers, before flooding when sea levels rose. Next we learnt how humans can also damage the Broads through eutrophication and even through tourism. Despite not being able to visit the Broads this year, the children still produced a lovely fact sheet to promote safe tourism.
Across the year groups, the children have been asking a “Big Question” about a particular faith or world view and learning more about it to answer their question.
This term, Year 3 have explored the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and have learnt about some of the gods and deities and what they mean to Hindus. We also learnt about some of the Hindu festivals. In the second half of term, our topic has been how Christians worship. We have learnt about the different types of worship in church such as singing, praying and reading the Bible. We have studied Christian baptism and Christian weddings and how these help people feel part of the Christian community. We have learnt about the Salvation Army and how they put their faith into practice in the community and we have discovered how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.
This half term we have been looking at Islam and whether we believe being happy is the greatest purpose in life for a Muslim. The children have had to consider the difference between being happy and happiness. We have been able to showcase what we have already learnt in Autumn term about Islam and have enjoyed consolidating our learning to help us to answer the big question.”
In Spring 1, our learning focused around the question ‘how do Sikhs make sense of the world?’ We learned about Guru Nanak and some of his life stories. We also learned about the 10 Gurus and the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib.
In Spring 2, we have been learning about Judaism. WE have looked at synagogues and the Torah, even making our own scrolls. We have also looked at the significance of Shabbat and Yom Kippur. We were interested to find out about Kashrut and the strict rules that Jewish people follow around food and we also created art around their symbolism.
Our Big Question in the first half of this term was: Is the biblical version of creation compatible with the scientific view of creation? We read the bible story of the creation of the world and then learnt about the scientific theories such as The Big Bang and Evolution? After some discussion and more investigation, we decided that some Christians only believe in the biblical version, but that some Christians also believe that the story in Genesis is more symbolic and can be compatible with some scientific theories too. All Christians believe that God created the world and that humans should look after it.
During spring term 2 we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Easter and the difference the resurrection of Jesus makes to Christians. We have watched videos about how Easter is celebrated in different churches and learnt what the concepts of hope; salvation; resurrection; incarnation and sacrifice mean within the context of Christianity using art to stimulate our ideas.
Geography and computing
This half term Year 3 have investigated the local area by researching information about Dereham using search engines on the internet. We have also explored symbols used in a key on a map to represent important human and physical features and found such features on a map of our local area. We then presented the information we wished to share about Dereham in a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation created in our pairs.
In the Spring term, while the children were taking part in remote lessons, the focus for learning was E-safety. The children began by evaluating websites then they considered which aspects of internet safety were the most important. To round off the topic, the children could choose to design a poster or leaflet for someone younger than themselves to display all their new E-safety knowledge.
Our latest series of lessons have involved using 2DIY3D on purple Mash, a program which enables the children to create their own game. The activities included creating 2 levels of a game, creating hazards, designing the features of the game and finally writing a set of instructions for others to play the game
We have enjoyed learning about spreadsheets, especially how to use formulas. We have been using the spreadsheets to check some calculations which we had also done mentally.
In Spring 2, the focus has been staying safe online. Specifically, the children have been learning about copyright and plagiarism as well as looking at fake websites and designing their own!
During the Spring Term Year 6 have been learning about Spread sheets. The children learnt how to create a spreadsheet for an event and put in data into it. The children manage to do this at home as part of their online learning. This half term we are doing blogging which is proving very enjoyable, this is being done on Purple Mash.
The children in year 3 have been working on coding, providing specific and detailed instructions to make a car move. We used Purple Mash to complete the tasks and after a lot of perseverance we successfully made our vehicles do what was expected of them.
In the Autumn term, the children in year 4 began their computing lessons by taking part in Dance Mat Typing. The aim of this programme was to improve and develop their keyboard typing skills.
After this, the children had great fun learning to send and receive emails to and from each other. These lessons taught the children how to include an email address, how to add a subject and an attachment. Later in the term, the children enjoyed a series of lessons using Scratch. This enabled the children to create programs by dragging blocks of instructions to make animations move. The children were able to think creatively and reason systematically.
The children in year 5 were busy in the Autumn term becoming more familiar with using their blogging page. They have loved using this as a way of communicating with each other both in class and when at home. The children can like posts as well as leave comments. They love to see how many people have gone onto the blog and from where about in the world. Click on the links below to have a look!
The children also created their own stop motion films! Some chose to include their Viking ships that they had recently created in DT. They learned out to create a story using photos and thought carefully about how to show if a character is moving quickly or slowly.
This term we have been working on coding, giving clear instructions, known as algorithms. We used Purple Mash to complete set activities to practise using the algorithms and using different variables to complete different tasks. This culminated in the children creating their own games involving the variables such as timers and directions through Purple Mash. We then looked at and focused on Online Safety and how to keep others and ourselves safe online.
COVID 19 has had a massive impact on Music – Imagine Primary School without singing! It has also meant a temporary halt to our Yr 4 WCIT of Steel Pan, Year 6 Samba and use of recorders in all classes.
On a brighter and more positive note, we now have a beautiful set of yellow ukuleles and have introduced whole class ukulele lessons throughout the year for Year 3 children. Charanga (the online Music resource we use for some of our lessons) has been specially adapted to be COVID safe with more glockenspiel use and sign language versions of songs being taught!
During lockdown we have made use of Oak Academy Music lessons when the majority of children have been learning at home. These are really good fun (Year 3 went ‘cup song’ crazy and have loved the body percussion sessions) and also incorporate lots of simple music theory continuing the skills taught in our usual curriculum.
‘Music from Around the World’ assemblies have been created to be shared in class giving children a chance to experience music from a range of cultures, eras and genres.
This half term Year 6 have enjoyed designing and creating their own Greek labyrinths.
The children studied the Ancient Greeks as part of their history learning. Before we started thinking about our own designs, we enjoyed finding out about the history of mazes and labyrinths and exploring images of famous mazes around the world. We spent some time thinking about our designs to ensure that they were fit for purpose. We had to be very careful when measuring to ensure that our dimensions were accurate and precise – this involved some maths skills too. When marking out our mazes, different sketching techniques were used to show lighter and darker areas. We had to make sure that we had one entrance and one exit. The children enjoyed adding in extra paths that led to nowhere!
To create our labyrinth we used cardboard for the base and art straws to represent the walls of the maze. We had to cut the straws to size, measuring each wall accurately from our plans. The children used glue to secure their walls. Over time, we found that we needed to refine some of our designs and make improvements so that the product was fit for purpose. After the labyrinths were complete, the children evaluated their product to identify what went well and what could have been made even better. Creating the labyrinths definitely reinforced the importance of measuring carefully and precisely.
Year 5 DT write up Autumn 2020
This term, year 5 have been busy making Viking longboats which include a pneumatic system.
First we looked at the design, materials and build of the real longboats and concluded that the Vikings had incredible DT skills of their own.
We carefully traced around a template of the hull, onto a cereal box, and cut it carefully using a craft knife and craft mat. We made accurate measurements of square doweling to find midway points to drill a hole, using a hand drill. We measured the round doweling to find 1/3 of the length to make the mast, which we then cut with a hacksaw. There was a lot of problem solving involved, where we had to sharpen the round doweling to fit snugly into the hole, before securing with a glue gun. As we used cereal boxes, we sometimes found the folds were weak spots in the hull, so we reinforced these areas with patches of card.
We had to talk a lot about using the tools safely and so we used blu-tac to poke holes in the card safely for the shields to be attached with split pins.
The boats also have to look good as a finished product, so we used a technique called decoupage, to strengthen and join the structure, and to make the boats look wooden.
Sails were attached with glue guns and a pneumatic system attached to make the sail “blow“ in the wind.
Time was also given to evaluate our finished products and think of alternate ways to make use of the pneumatic system i.e blowing a shield off the boat!
Year 4 DT Autumn 2020
In the Autumn term, the children in Year 4 worked on a combined Art and D.T project. The task combined making a cake stand and decorating the top with a Roman mosaic. The children learned how to make the card stronger by folding and gluing together layers; a process called laminating. The more tricky part was constructing the legs and ensuring the cake stand was stable and level. At the end of the project, the children evaluated their cake stands by identifying what had worked well and the skills they could try to improve next time. The children really enjoyed the project and produced some amazing cake stands; it was fantastic to see some children had even baked some cakes and made use of their cake stand at home!
Year 3 DT Autumn 2020
This half term, the year 3 children learned about the fascinating Egyptian civilisation and some of the famous artefacts uncovered.
During their Egyptian themed day, the children had the opportunity to investigate some of the artefacts and how they might have been made in ancient times. The children chose their own tools to carve varying lines and create different effects on scarab beetle amulets made out of soap. They also did this to engrave their names in hieroglyphs onto their own cartouche made from clay, after moulding, joining and smoothing their product. The children finished by glazing their dried cartouches with colours chosen to match their symbolic meaning.
Year 6 have enjoyed their Amazing Americas topic this term. They have really impressed us with their general knowledge about North and South America. The children have also worked hard to label the countries and use their research skills to find out interesting facts. We have looked at maps on a range of scales and thought about the different information that different types of maps can tell us.
The children have worked really hard at home to learn all about the continent of South America. They have learned about the physical and human features across the continent looking specifically at cities in Brazil, the Amazon Rainforest and the Amazon River. The children enjoyed planning a three-day trip to a Brazilian city of their choice where they thought carefully about where to visit and what they would need to pack. They also compared a city in the UK (Liverpool) with a city in Argentina (Buenos Aires) looking at buildings, climate, the position of the city, the closest ocean and population. They were then given the challenge to represent all of their findings in a Venn diagram. It’s been a busy half term!
Year 4 have been learning about physical and human features. We explored these geographical features around the U.K. and Italy. We have been identifying the key topographical features of mountains and mountain ranges. We have also researched how the five types of mountains were formed, creating labelled diagrams and locating different types of mountains on a map of Europe.
At the beginning of the Spring term, children in Year 3 investigated land use in both urban and rural areas. They looked at the physical and human geographical features of different regions of the UK and how different types of land are used for different things, including agriculture.
We also looked at our local area and explored the areas of Toftwood and Dereham. We located our school and the surrounding human and physical features on a map.
This term has been very exciting as we have started to learn from the new Norfolk RE syllabus that was written last year and come into action this term. Across the year groups, the children have been asking a “Big Question” about a particular faith or world view and learning more about it to answer their question.
At the start of the year, the children in year 3 have been learning about the Jewish/Christian story of creation and thinking about how God would want us to look after His created world. This half – term they have been finding out more about who Jesus is – his life and teachings, including the Good Samaritan, prayer and the miracles reported in the New Testament. This led onto learning about the season of Advent and the Christmas story.
This term year 4 have been learning more about the faiths of Islam and Judaism. They have asked the question: what difference does being a Muslim make to daily life and learnt about what happens in a mosque, the 5 pillars of Islam and the 3 main traditions of Sumi, Shia and Sufi. They also compared the life of a Muslim in the UK to one in Africa and thought about how the culture and lifestyle of each country would affect the affect daily life of a Muslim.
This half term the children have learnt about the main teachings of Judaism, including the Laws of Moses and significant Jewish festivals such as Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Pesach.
Year 5 began the year learning about the beliefs of Humanism as a world view. They looked at the main beliefs of Humanism, its rules and the lives of some famous humanists such as Marie Curie and Stephen Hawkins, and their ethical views.
In the second half of the term the children learnt about the four Gospels and teachings of Jesus. They looked at the main features, some well know parables including the parable of the Lost Sheep and what Jesus was trying to teach his followers through it. They ended by looking at the real meaning of Christmas and its importance to Christians.
Our Big Questions this term were: What are the main sources of authority for believers of Islam? And How do/have religious groups contribute to society and culture across the world?
To answer the first question, we learnt about the main teachings of Islam, including their six main beliefs, the origins of Islam and teachings of Mohammed (PBUH) in the Quran. We also learnt about the importance of the Quran in daily life and how Islam spread throughout the world.
We thought about the second question by studying the Sikh faith. We learnt about the main teachings and beliefs, the 5Ks and how Sikhs live out their faith through. For example, the work of the Langar meal in the Gurdwara.
At the beginning of the Autumn term, the children in Year 5 enjoyed learning about earthquakes. They learned about tectonic plates as well as the Mercalli and Richter scales. They particularly enjoyed researching earthquakes which have occurred in South America and learning about how to prepare for an earthquake.
During the Autumn term, Year 3 learnt about the countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom. The children enjoyed locating Norwich on the map and comparing the human and physical features of the city with Birmingham. They also looked and Spain and thought about the similarities and differences between Spain and the UK.
Remembrance Day was marked within the federation this year with the selling of poppies and individual class assemblies. In each class the children also took part in a silence at 11am. The children discussed with their classes the importance of the day. They learnt a little bit about the history of selling poppies, looked at photographs related to Remembrance day, and discussed why we come together every year to mark this event. The Reception children spent time during the day creating and making their own poppies to take home. During the infant assemblies, the children were shown a short animation designed to explain Remembrance Day to younger children.
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