This term's topic is all about ancient Greece. We will be exploring how the ancient Greek's lived and how revolutionary some of their ideas were. Even today, there are aspects of our lives such as democracy that originated in ancient Greece nearly two and a half thousand years ago!
I am pleased to say that Rowan have enjoyed exploring life in Greece so far, and have shown a particular interest in learning about life as a Spartan warrior and as an ancient Athenian.
Did you know that Athenian's wouldn't allow women to receive any sort of schooling?
Year 5 have also been exploring significant historical events during this period, and were intrigued as to how the ancient Greeks communicated their stories. We later learned that a lot of their tales were told orally through songs and poetry.
Inspired by this, Rowan will be choosing an aspect of Greek history and retelling it in a similar way.
I am glad Rowan have taken an enthusiastic approach to their topic and look forward to learning more about this fascinating time!
This term's topic is inspired by a wordless novel by Aaron Becker, entitled Journey.
In this story, a character transports herself from a fairly miserable setting to a range of magical locations through the use of a door she creates.
Through studying the illustrations and having lots of discussion, year 5 have been able to empathise well with the character and seem intrigued to learn more about how her story will develop. Rowan class were particularly happy to learn that this term's key outcome will be a reading event. This will involve the children having the opportunity to transform the classroom into a reading café and share stories they have written with their friends and family!
In preparation for this, the children have enjoyed designing and creating their own magical doors to intrigue their reader, and leave them wanting to find out what is behind the door. The only way to find out will be reading their stories!
Inspired by a scene from Journey, the class have been learning more about Venice, and have already uncovered some fascinating facts about it. Did you know that Venice sinks 20cm every 100 years!?
This term's topic is 'Stand and Deliver'. This will include learning about the poem written by Alfred Noyes: The Highwayman.
To help understand the poem better, Rowan has began to learn about the notorious Highwaymen of Hounslow Heath, and were intrigued by some of the differences found in that era. Rowan have already started to empathise with the character's in the poem through drama and role play, and have a good understanding of the characters' motives!
Rowan will also look at crime and punishment in more detail, and will eventually take on the role of a lawyer! The children will need to present a case on whether or not they believe the Highwayman is innocent or guilty. Needless to say, the children are particularly looking forward to this aspect of the term!
Rowan class were delighted to learn that their new topic is the Titanic.
I am pleased to say that the class have immersed themselves into their learning, and are fascinated by this time period. During lessons we have learned about the early 1900s and what life would’ve been like as well as the staggering differences among the classes.
To help us get a better sense of the differences between classes, and how this would impact on how they felt about boarding the Titanic we used role play and studied artefacts.
Already the children have produced some wonderful diary entries, and have completely been able to empathise with their passenger’s point of view.
In addition to this, Rowan have been looking at how advertising posters were used to attract certain members of the public and have begun to explore ways of creating our own art work based around these.
Next, Rowan are looking at producing information texts to be displayed around the school, focusing on a particular aspect of the Titanic that intrigues them.
The following images are from class sessions and our amazing trip to the Sea City museum.
WELCOME TO ROWAN CLASS 2016-2017
Welcome to all new Rowan Pupils,
Rucstall Primary had a rather curious start to the term, we discovered a parachute complete with gear abandoned on our field! After investigating the scene, and discussing possible explanations, it was clear that we still hadn't got all the answers we needed.
Over this half term, we will attempt to find out more about the events that lead to this. Children will have an opportunity to engage in their own learning and make their own discoveries.
I am looking forward to working with you all and having a fantastic half term!
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