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Summer 2 - Alchemy Island 

We’re going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island.

This half term, a mysterious riddle will be presented to us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. We’ll manipulate digital photographs, adding fantastical special effects. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Purple Mash will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Alchemy Island. At the end of the project, we’ll perform songs about our amazing adventure and present what we have learned. 

Off With Her Head! - Summer 1

Let’s travel back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors.

During this half term, we’ll meet a very important figure from history who will give us a problem to solve. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people of the period, and we’ll use source materials to create a Tudor timeline. Tudor portraits will provide us with the inspiration to create royal paintings; we’ll learn a courtly dance and compose Tudor music. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Internet research will help us learn more about Henry’s life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church.



Pharaohs  - Spring 2

Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies.

This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.



Gallery Rebels - Spring 1

Colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression of the light, a rage of red, a lobster perched on a telephone... Come and find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels!

Art can be an act of rebellion.
Can you change the world with a paintbrush, a thought, or an idea?

Dream the dream - or show us your nightmares! What do you see? Watches melting? Wheels spinning? A shark in a box? Can you express yourself without words? Well, a picture paints a thousand of them!

Autumn 2 - Frozen Kingdom

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 Artic 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.  Reasearching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we'll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people.  We'll experiment with digital photogrpahy and create amazing effects using paints and dyes.


Dukes Barn Residential Visit

Day 1

The children arrived keen and enthusiastic for the week ahead.  After familiarising themselves with the centre the children had their lunch and organised their rooms.  (Some great duvet skills!)

The children were then split into three groups (Fox, Badger, Owl) to go on separate local walks.  Within minutes we had children in streams, under waterfalls and picking the best walking stick.  "This is the best trip I've ever been on!" 30 minutes into stream scrambling!

We returned tired and muddy for showers before fish fingers, chips and peas.  Chocolate sponge and chocolate custard followed.  "The best food I've ever had apart from school dinners!"

The children are currently relaxing with their friends, either watching a film, playing table tennis and table football or simply chatting and playing cards.

A busy morning of abseiling, caving and wall climbing to come.  Let's just hope they get some sleep before an action packed day!  Otherwise it's an evern grumpier Mr Wilson!

Children all asleep by 10.15pm and most up and awake by 6.30am this morning.


Day 2

An early start for most of the Owls as they were up and dressed by 7.30!  Breakfast wasn't for another hour.  Eager beavers indeed.

Cereals and full English was served and the children fuelled up for the day.  Walls/Ropes, abseiling and caving were on the menu this morning in a drizzle.  Mrs Wright enjoyed throwing bean bags/being a target on the zip wire!

We returned soggy and cold but enjoyed lunch together and shared stories.

The afternoon reversed activities, with plenty of children overcoming fears, showing great teamwork and excellent communication skillls.

We have just finished Spaghetti and bolognese with ice cream for afters.

The children are now choosing between watching Finding Nemo, chilling out and playing Mr Wilson's bingo extravaganza for prizes from the gift shop!

A superb, but soggy day!


Day 3

The weather was beautiful today.

After breakfast, the Owls got ready for a morning canoeing!  All three groups descended upon Chatsworth Lake and split into groups of 5.  Within minutes it was all out war with children (and teachers) becoming pirates for the morning!  We stopped for hot chocolate and a biscuit before continuing to paddle 'nicely'.  Hehe!

When we returned, after several moans of how cold and wet our feet were, we got dry and had lunch.

The afternoon brought abseiling and weaselling!  Basically caving but through rocks and gaps above ground.  The children absolutely loved it, working together to climb rocks and get through tough gaps.  We also had more children conquering their fears of heights abseiling from a bridge, showing great bravery.

The evening's menu was meat pie, roast potatoes and veg, followed by jam sponge and custard!  Yum!  It was great to have a hearty meal together and talk about the day.

Mr Wilson then hosted a quiz with the Owls, which included testing jokes on Mrs Wright and drawing the adults in cartoon form!  After much hilarity the children then had time to finish watching their film or catch up with friends.

Sleepy heads then went to bed, with the staff hoping for a little more sleep after a tiring day.  Especially as tomorrow the Owls will be out for the whole day taking part in an activity simply labelled "Hill".


Day 4

Breakfast this morning had an exotic twist, with scrambled egg on toast being added to the menu.

'Hill' on the board was daunting for most, however all three groups had a great time doing different activities.  Mr Wilson's group rock climbed, scrambled and abseiled on Strange Moor around Robin Hood's Cave.  Young Mr Wilson's group, Mrs Wright's group went abseiling and a muddy river walk!

The groups arrived back at different times sharing their adventures and showered.  Sausage and mash with profiteroles went down well before Mr Wilson opened up 'the gift shop'.  Children were buying gifts for themsevlves as well as family.  Enjoy your gifts everyone!

We then packed and organised our bags in preparation for Friday.  Nothing like being organised!  One activity to go before our journey home.  We can't wait to see you all and tell you all our stories. :-)

We are due back at school for the end of the school day.


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