Year 5 Owls – Spring 2019
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. They will then learn about the country’s economic growth and the effect this has had on both the people and the land. They will go on to explore the famous attractions and culture of China, and pay special emphasis to Chinese New Year.
In addition, we will learn about the 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 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! To end the topic unit, we will celebrate it with making and feasting on dim sum for our yum cha.
For the second half of the term, we will learn about when the ancient Greeks lived: how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, and the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more.
In Art/DT, the children will be designing and creating their own tragedy masks using modroc; make a model of the Parthenon; and explore examples of ancient Greek marble sculpture and replicate a sculpture by carving soap. To end the half term unit, we will dress up like the Greeks and enjoy a sumptuous selection of mezze in our classroom.
We have plenty to look forward to as we start the spring term!
Pictures coming soon…