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Off With Her Head

What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad?

Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. Discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour – and even swifter falling of heads!

Develop your painting skills in miniature, solve riddles and remember to protect your precious neck with a large white ruff – if you want to survive at Tudor court!

Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find out the facts, or will the evidence from the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused…innocent or guilty?

It’s your turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known!

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Biographies; Poetry and riddles; News reports; Persuasive letters; Dialogue

History

The Tudors

Art & Design

Portraits; Sketching Tudor fashions; 3-D modelling

Geography

Historic maps

Music

Tudor music; Composition

PSHE

Rules and Consequence

Computing

Research; Data handling; Presentation

PE

Tudor dance

Bug Creator

 

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go in for a sting!

 

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks… Come search for these minibeast, and let’s sort them out! How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it?

Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery – the watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing earth as they go!

Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts -scorpions, ants and venomous spiders…Perhaps the Vespa mandarina japonica is the one that you fear?

Why not become a ‘Beast creator’? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super-strong aphid. You’ll be a hero!

Bug Creator Topic Vocabulary

abdomen

adapt

annelid

aquatic

arachnid

category

consumer

crustacean

desert

ecosystem

food

chain

gastropod

habitat

identification

insect

larva

lifecycle

metamorphosis

microscope

minibeast

morphology

myriad

natural

poisonous

pooter

predator

prey

producer

pupa

rainforest

reproduce

specimen

thorax

wormery

 

Pharaohs

Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!

Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.

Now open the doorway to Ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?

 

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Chronological reports; Fact files; Research skills; Mystery stories; Play scripts

History

Ancient Egypt

Art & Design

Drawing artefacts; Headwear; Hieroglyphic amulets

Geography

Human and physical features of Egypt; The River Nile; Tourism

PSHE

Moral issues; Customs and beliefs; role-playing Egyptian citizens

D&T

Clay water carriers; Egyptian food; Model tombs and pyramids

 

Stargazers

Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity… and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure! Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sound of space-themed songs.

Then it’s three, two, one… BLAST OFF! Build and test a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other life forms out there?

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Mnemonics; Myths and Legends; Free verse poetry; Newspaper

reports; Science fiction/Graphic Narrative

Science Earth and Space; Forces; Working scientifically
Computing Programming; Stop-frame animation
Art & Design Printing; Design
Geography Locating physical features
History

Significant individuals - Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, 1960's

Space Race

Maths Problem solving using measures
PE Dance
D&T Selecting materials; Design research; Structures; Evaluation
Music Space-inspired Music and Lyrics

 

  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG
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