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It is the first day of Kingswood. When we first arrived we had a site tour: opportunity to explore where we will be spending our time for the next few days. Then it was straight to the dorms. The children had the task of making their beds and unpacking their suitcases. Our first kingswood activity was the low ropes: an obstacle course requiring balance, teamwork and skill. Dinner tonight was a choice of pies or sausage and mash followed by chocolate brownies. For our evening activity, the children had the challenge of making fashion outfits from scrap materials. Finally it was time for showers and now all of the children are in their bedrooms sharing stories about their day.
We have had an incredibly busy day. Starting with breakfast where we had the choice between hot cooked options, cereals, yogurts and fruit; the whole day has been nonstop. The children have been developing their map reading skills in orienteering; playing aeroball (a version of basketball played on large trampolines); climbing and blasting their way around the laser park; completing a blindfolded obstacle course on the night line; as well as climbing Jacob’s ladder. We have also been really lucky that the kitchen team have been cooking a variety of new meals for us to try alongside their usual menu. In the evening we relaxed with a film. All of the children are in bed and falling asleep.
our third day at Kingswood is complete. After breakfast we were straight into another full days of activities. Archery, bushcraft (fire lighting), high ropes and archery followed by a campfire. We had lots of time singing songs and telling stories. Throughout all of the activities the children have been developing their teamwork, listening, self confidence and resilience skills.
Autumn 1 - Traders and Raiders (Vikings)
Where did the Vikings come from? Where did they invade and settle? Why did they leave Scandinavia? How do we know about them? This half term we will work on time lines, maps, complete quizzes, and creative writing exercises. We will appreciate why the Vikings were successful and to empathise with the people of Britain who experienced invasion.
Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.
At the end of the project, we’ll reflect on what it would have been like to be a child during these troubled times and invite you to a Saxon and Viking art exhibition.
Autumn 2 - Spies and Gadgets (Identity)
Who do you think you are?
During this half term, we’re going to find out what makes us the people we are. We’ll meet a mysterious man and consider what traits and features give us our identity. Thinking about what makes us unique, we’ll write stories in which we have
a new identity. We’ll learn about branching databases and how to create a classification system. Then, we’ll gather data about physical features, make spreadsheets and look for patterns. We’ll take part in physical activities that challenge
us and measure the outcomes. While comparing photographs of ourselves with those of our relatives, we’ll decide if we share any features. We’ll create adverts and write a tribute to a friend. After investigating fingerprints and genetic characteristics, we’ll create 3-D models and design clothing that reflects our personality.
At the end of the project, we’ll think about factors that influence our personalities and bring in objects that mean a lot to us. We’ll perform shape poetry about our identities and reflect on our strengths.
Spring 1 - Frozen Kingdom (The Arctic & Antarctica)
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly.
This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books. We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify
the polar regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment. Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. We’ll download images of polar features and save our information in digital folders. When we’re more familiar with the polar regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers. Researching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we’ll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people. We’ll experiment with digital photography and create amazing effects using paints and dyes.
At the end of the ILP, we’ll present what we have learned and construct a large-scale model of an igloo!
Spring 2 - Blood Heart (The Circulatory System)
Let’s explore our circulatory system!
At the start of our project, we’ll dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we’ll write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about how the circulatory system works. We’ll use a data logger to measure our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In D&T, we’ll make model hearts, and test materials before making a stethoscope. As part of our music work, we’ll use our bodies as percussion instruments and feel our pulse. We’ll read shape poetry, and write poems inspired by the heart. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We’ll visit the ‘Give blood’ website, and make a flow diagram to illustrate the circulation process.
At the end of the half term, we’ll create fact files to share what we have learned.
Summer 1 & Summer 2 - A Child's War (World War II)
A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.
This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook delicious wartime food.
At the end of the unit, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.