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Mighty Metals

You’re an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men, of course!).

Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials…Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move.

Which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? Can you make a penny look shiny and new or build a steel band from pots and pans?

Then, meet Hogarth the Iron Man’s companion…The Iron Man wants a friend…can you build him one? You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble!

If you were a metal, which one would you be? Gold, a shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you’re iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust!

Maybe you’re not a metal at all – but a force to be reckoned with!

Curriculum Coverage

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

English

Non-chronological reports; Explanations; Instructions; List poetry; Recounts

Science

Forces and magnets; Working Scientifically

Art & Design

Embossed pattern and pictures; Making jewellery

Computing

Creating spreadsheets; Using presentation software

D & T

Product evaluation; Using research to inform design; Selecting materials; Making vehicles; Building and iron man; Using electrical circuits

Mathematics

Measuring length

Music

Performing using metal objects for instruments

PE

Using PE equipment to explore forces

 

Curriculum Vocabulary

sparks

alloy

gold

foil

friction

magnetism

push

attract

magnetic

copper

pull

lead

brass

tarnish

steel

rust

platinum

molten

silver

bolt

aluminium

zinc

solder

mercury

Predator

It’s time to take a walk on the wild side!

Find out who’s coming to visit…is it a bug-munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is, do you think you can handle it? About creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap. Be inspired to write an informative leaflet all about your favourite predator and compose a poem about its predator or its prey.

Then use what you know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator; the apex of the chain. Cross your dad with a peregrine falcon or your Nan with a great white shark! What incredible species can you imagine?

Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain!

 

Curriculum Coverage

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

English

Recounts; Leaflets; Poetry; Dilemma stories; Speeches

Geography

Fieldwork; Using maps to locate countries and continents

Art & Design

3D scale models

Computing

Algorithms; Flow diagrams; Online research; Using logical reasoning; Graphics software; Digital presentations

D & T

Selecting and using materials (collage and textiles)

Mathematics

Data handling

PE

  1. performances; Competitive games (attack and defence tactics)

Science

Food chains; Fossils; Plant parts and functions; Water transportations in plants; Skeletal systems; Working scientifically

 

Curriculum Vocabulary

apex predator

predator

omnivore

cannibal

producer

skeleton

organism

food chain

hunting

camouflage

endoskeleton

prey

invertebrate

consumer

venomous

poisonous

parasite

reptile

scavenger

carnivore

mammal

herbivore

arachnid

amphibian

 

Gods and Mortals

From nothingness came chaos, from chaos came air and water, from air and water came life! Then, rising majestically from the darkness, came Gaia, Mother Earth, a beacon of warmth and light.

 

Discover a fantastical world full of mythical features and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

 

Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships.

 

Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus.

 

Then decide your own fate, when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.

 

Curriculum Coverage

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

 

English

Character profiles; Diary writing; Instructions and commands; Myths and legends; Character descriptions

History

Ancient Greece

Geography

Ancient and modern day Greece; Geographical features; Using maps

Art & Design

3D sculpture; Greek art and design

Computing

Using presentation software

D & T

Moving parts; Model making

Mathematics

Positional and directional language

Music

Performing using metal objects for instruments

PE

Athletics; Battle formation; Dance

PSHE

Resolving differences

 

Topic Vocabulary

The list below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

  • Greeks

  • Greek Empire

  • Alphabet

  • Vase

  • Empire

  • Plato

  • Slave

  • Helmet

  • Hoplite

  • Coins

  • Phalanx

  • Soldier

  • Shield

  • Fibulas

  • Tunic

  • Column

  • Alexander the Great

  • Archaic

  • Classical

  • Roman

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  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG
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