Autumn Term - Planet in Peril
Our topic for the Autumn term is 'Planet in Peril'. It focuses on the dangers that are facing our planet at the moment - in particular, the climate crisis. The topic begins with a focus on what is happening. We will look closely at the geography and scientific understanding of the greenhouse effect and what causes it. The children will then move on to considering who and what is responsible for the greenhouse effect. Is there someone we can blame and is there anything we can do about that or is it something that should be considered as a global human problem that needs to be solved? Finally, the children will consider how we can end or slow the climate crisis and try to answer questions around what the best actions are to take in the situation we have found ourselves in.
Alongside this geographical study, the children will be writing persuasively about clean energy (such as wind and solar power), learning the story of someone living in Bangladesh who has been severely affected by flooding caused by the climate crisis, finding out about Greta Thunberg - a young spokesperson for the crisis and writing a letter to the readers of our local newspaper about what they can do to solve these climate issues.
In science and D&T, the children will be learning about renewable energy and how it can be used to create electricity. This will lead into learning about electricity itself - how does it flow around a circuit? Then, the children will be creating their own mini wind turbines with a gear system inside that reflects the workings inside real wind turbines.
For more information see the topic web linked below.
Spring Term - It's all Greek to me!
Our topic for this term is It’s all Greek to me. The focus of the topic is on ancient Greece and we will be looking specifically at history, art, science and music. Our history lessons begin with answering our first enquiry question of, ‘How can we find out about the civilisation of Ancient Greece?’ This enquiry will take six lessons and we will be using primary sources such as architecture, artefacts and myths to find out about what life was like for the people of ancient Greece. Following this, we will be considering the enquiry question, ‘Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?’ The children will be learning about how our schools, language, buildings, government and the Olympics are influenced by and rooted in ancient Greece. The children will be using their historical skills to analyse and interpret primary (from the time) and secondary (written since the time) sources and discuss their own views and opinions on others’ interpretations of the past.
Following this, in Art the children will be looking closely at Greek pottery. They will be considering the designs and decorations on traditional ancient Greek pots and comparing them to the pottery of modern day artist Betty Woodman. The designs that the children will be creating for their own pots will be based on an ancient Greek myth of their choosing. These designs will be painted onto the pot that they will create themselves using the ‘coil pot’ technique.
Alongside art and history, the children will be looking at space in science. They will be considering the impact the Ancient Greeks had on what we know about space from proving the Earth is spherical through observations to correctly theorising the Earth and planets spin around the sun rather than the solar system orbiting the Earth. We will be conducting experiments throughout the topic where possible to show how these initial ideas were first theorized and proved correct. The children already have shown an insatiable thirst for knowledge and have been keen to ask questions.
Finally , the children will be studding music and will continue with the theme of space by looking at Hans Zimmer’s piece ‘Earth’. The children will start by listening to the composer and discussing thoughts towards the music. Later, they will begin to unpick the performance looking at pitch and duration of notes as well as the use of dynamics (volume). They will then begin to create their own musical piece.
‘It’s all Greek to Me’ will hopefully conclude with a fantastic finish trip to the museum in Truro where they currently have an exhibition on the Ancient Greeks.
For more information, see the Topic Web below and photographs of the children on the class page.
Summer 1 - Dragons' Den
Our Summer 1 half term topic is a firm favourite at Callington Primary School! This topic kicks off with an Easter homework for the children to come up with a prototype product that could be produced and sold by the children of year 5 at the Summer Fair. Each child's plan is then presented to the year group one at a time for the year group and teachers to consider. Six of these products are then chosen to proceed to the next round.
At this point, the year group are split into six groups to represent these six products. They come up with persuasive advertisements, jingles, logos, a presentation and the costings. These six groups then present their products to a panel of 'Dragons' (experts that have been chosen by the class teachers) who then discuss their favourite products and select a final three.
These three final products are then created by year 5 and sold at the Summer Fair in the hope that a significant profit will be made!
The topic allows the children to gain some understanding about business, money, profits and working together in a team with a real goal and endpoint in sight.