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Spring 2 Year B - ​​​​​​​Gods and Mortals

This half term we will be visiting Ancient Greece.

 

From nothingness came chaos, from chaos came air and water; from air and water came life! Then, rising majestically from the darkness, came Gala, Mother Earth, a beacon or warmth and Light.

 

Discover a fantastic world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

 

Meet Thesus, the hero and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships.

 

Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus.

 

Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.

We have been identifying the physical geography of Ancient Greece and came across some technical vocabulary. We looked the words up int he dictionary and wrote down a definition. Some examples of the vocabulary are peninsula, region and valley.

We have been researching Zeus, the most powerful of the Ancient Gods, on the Learn Pads. We organised our facts by using sub headings and recorded them in our English books. We later went on to write a character profile for Zeus in our History books.

In Art, we have been learning to use line, tone and shading to represent 3 dimension. We looked closely at a picture of the most famous Ancient Greek Temple, the Parthenon and focused in on one column. We will develop our skills and sketch a complete temple next lesson.

We have been looking at the different parts when celebrating mass. We role played what happens when the gifts of bread and wine are offered to the priest and how they are prepared at the altar to become the true body and blood of Jesus Christ. We chose an offertory hymn to sing also.

 

Ancient Greece Day

To fully immerse into our topic, we had an 'Ancient Greece' day. When the children arrived, in costume, they were welcomed by traditional music. Year 3 and Year 4 mixed into groups and discovered a lot about the culture of the Civilisation. The children tried traditional Greek food, they discussed the diets of Ancient Greece and how the land played in huge factor in that. With Miss Uddin leading, the children made Ancient Greek pancakes. The children learnt a folk dance with Mr Close, were introduced to the Ancient Greek number system, designed flags for the states of their choice and crafted some theatre masks after finding out that theatre was a popular past time. 

 

In the afternoon, parents were invited to our show case where the children performed the dance and shared what they had learnt that day. The children kindly made enough pancakes for their parents to sample.

 

The Science Ambassadors led a workshop using the WE DO software. It was confidently delivered and the children worked with great enthusiasm and enjoyment.

Our science parent workshop was attended by so many parents! The children are always so excited to share their learning alongside their parents. Everybody got stuck in and it was clearly evident that the parents had just as much fun as the children. 

As we journey through Lent, we take time to deepen our relationship with God. Fundraising is a very important element, Lower key stage 2 kicked off this year's fundraising by selling juice and biscuits at break times. The children took complete ownership by setting up, making the juice and serving the customers, It was a great success! All money raised this lent will be shared between the Diocesan charity "St Joseph's Penny and Cafod.

In Science, the children have set up an investigation, whereby they will be making scientific observations of the growth of seedlings as they are planted in different conditions. The children have verbally shared their method with the class and shared findings on what they have discovered so far.

 

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