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Spring 1 Year B 2020-2021 - Peasants, princes and pestilence


Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up your drawbridge: the dreaded and deadly 'Great Pestilence' is here!

Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to King and country!

Rouse the troops with promises of bloody battle and violent jousts. Read and write historical accounts, poems and tales. Discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body.


And if you smell a rat, my friend...get out of there!

During the first half of the Spring term, Year 5 will travel back in time to look at the devastating effects of the 'Black Death.' Looking at historical drawings, illustrations, paintings and manuscripts; we'll explore what happened when someone was infected with the Bubonic Plague, how it was spread and what characteristics of the disease frightened people the most. It'll be a gruesome and grisly learning journey to see how our ancestors lived and died! Have a look at our parent curriculum grid to see what else we'll be exploring and how you can get involved at home with our project homework.


We've had a grisly start to 2019 with our introduction to the Black Death! Year 5 have been studying images of the Black Death and talking about how 'death' is often portrayed as a figure in artwork. We then used our understanding to write figurative language such as metophors, similes and personification to describe death 'playing a tune for lost souls to dance to' or 'leading us by the hand into the shadows'. Have a look at the grisly artwork we've been studying!


We have really been focusing on understanding and acquiring new vocabulary this half-term.

In one of our Reading lessons, we read a poem about dragons...we discussed whether they were real and considered lizards such as the Komodo dragon, water dragons and bearded dragons. 


We also went outside to build nests for a dragon, considering all the needs of the creature...