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Stowford School

Stowford School

Kestrels

 

Spring Term 2019

It's great to see the children back again and ready to learn this this term!

This spring term we are going to take a trip back to two of the most fascinating civilisations in history: Ancient China and Ancient Greece.  We are going to discover the people, the inventions, the art, the technology, the mythology and so much more as we work our way through a series of fun lessons and activities.

During the first half of term, our children will find out about the location of China, and explore its many diverse physical features. We will then learn about the country’s economic growth and the effect this has had on both the people and the land.  We will also go on to explore some of the famous culture and attractions of China.

One of our main areas of focus will be the famous Shang Dynasty of ancient China.  Our classes will find out what the Bronze Age was like in China, and learn about the history of Chinese art.  We will have the chance to try a variety of fun art projects, exploring everything from dragons to Ming vases.  We will be learning on how to draw a dragon in the Chinese style and design our own kites to fly during our ‘kite-flying’ competition as part of our STEM project.  Children will also have the chance to share their dancing prowess in PE; the girls’ choreography will be inspired by the film Mulan, while the boys will put together a spectacular dragon dance!

For the second half of the term, we will learn about the lives of the ancient Greeks.  We will look at their clothes, food, home lives and leisure time and compare the roles and statuses of men and women.  Our classes will study the Olympian gods through research and role play. The children will compare the lives of people living in the great city-states of Athens and Sparta, and how their armies lived and fought.  We will investigate the role and equipment of the hoplites and build empathy skills through role play and writing work.  Finally, we will briefly learn about some of the great Greek writers and philosophers, and their influences on our lives today.

In Art/DT, the children will be designing and creating their own tragedy masks using Modroc.  They will try to make a model of the Parthenon, as well as exploring examples of ancient Greek marble sculpture and replicating sculptures by carving soap.

As you can see, there will be plenty for the children to get their teeth into!  We’re looking forward to a great term!