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.
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 children will be looking at the methods used for paper making, the history behind it, as well as designing (and hopefully making!) a Chinese meal. Geometric art will also be introduced and the children will use computers to replicate their own versions.
As you can see, there will be plenty for the children to get their teeth into! We’re looking forward to another great term!