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Term 2

Enquiry Overview- How Does Art Enhance Storytelling?

Key Information

5DW will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday.

Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday.

Anti-Bullying week

As a class, we discussed what categorizes as bullying, the types of bullying and strategies you can use to prevent them. We decided to educate the nation by making posters and creating videos to show what it feels like. 

Anti-Bullying video

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The Ocean's Blanket
As a class, we created our own blanket to swamp the Princess. We thought about the things we might find in the vast ocean. We then zoomed in on our image so it became abstract, thinking carefully about shapes, colours and textures. We all created our own mini pieces of art and then created a large blanket of all things from the ocean.
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Fun with fire

Our poor Princess is bedridden because she is freezing cold. Using this as inspiration, we created our own fires using natural resources. 

Story opening

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To inspire the start of Princess Blankets, we decided to dramatise the story opening to memorise it for future learning.
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The Princess' Blanket

During this enquiry, How does art enhance storytelling?, we will be investigating and evaluating a range of storytelling methods, including plays, audio books, stories told through music, art and text. Our Power Of Reading text is 'The Princess' Blanket'  and we will be reading and exploring this book alongside our enquiry. As we read this story, we will get to know the cold princess and figure out if she will ever find a way to stay warm. Our final 'Prove it' will see us put together a class e-book starting with a music composition to introduce our innovated stories which will be told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.

WOW

We have had a fantastic, art-filled day in 5ZB today! To begin this great WOW day, we slowly revealed part of a story and we had to guess what the story was about. We then listened to a classic story involving three clever pigs and one nasty wolf- can you guess what it was? We then acted out scenes from this well-known story. Before lunch, we then used images from a story to help us predict what the story was about. In the afternoon, we explored how music can be expressed with artwork.

The Three Little Pigs

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Term 1

This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?' Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore whey this incredible biome is under threat.

Enquiry title: Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?

R.E Term 1: Why do some think God exists?
Term 1 Newsletter

Term 1 reflections 

"My favourite part of the term was today, 60s day," said Louis P.

 

"My favourite moment of term one was reaching and beating my first prove it," said Joshua.

 

"My favourite moment of term one was creating our newspaper reports about Hurricane Irma," said Alfie.

 

"My favourite was going to Bristol Zoo at the start of the term," said Sophie.

 

"My favourite was going swimming," said Carey.

60s day 

To celebrate the school's birthday, children at St. Stephen's have been dressing up in the theme of 1960s (The beginning of the school - 1967). We have been learning about the music, entertainment, fashion and currency used back in the decade. 

 

Term 1: Why do some people believe that God exists? 

This term, we are answering the question, ‘Why do some people believe God exists?’ Throughout this enquiry, we will be finding out about the different types of believers and discussing why some people choose to believe whilst others don’t. We will use evidence from the bible to try to gather a picture of what ‘God’ might look like and use this to think about why people choose to believe in him. For our challenge, we will write a newspaper including points of view from believers and non-believers.

R.E. Prove it

To celebrate all that we have learnt in R.E this week, we wrote a newspaper report about Hurricane Irma which explored the views of a Christian and an atheist on the event.

Wanted - God

We read extracts from the bible to gain information on what God is like. Using this knowledge, we created wanted poster that explained what God was like without using a photo.

Campaign videos to save the Amazon Rainforest
In Year 5, we have been researching issues and solutions to the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. We decided to present the content in the format of an informative campaign video to educate others and prevent it from happening in the nearer future. What do you think?

Campaign video

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Campaign video

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Campaign video

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Reception fun!

Today we were very excited to visit the infant school and show the new children our mini life cycle books.  We based our stories on 'The Hungry Caterpillar.'  

How does a flower reproduce?

This afternoon, we have been exploring how a flower reproduces. We had the opportunity to dissect a lily and explore what was inside of it!

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Science Week

To kick start science week, we researched living things and sorted them into groups according to their characteristics. We can't wait to continue our scientific enquiry!

Rainforest Artwork
We have been working on our sketching skills using the Austin's Butterfly concept. We had a go at sketching a butterfly and then shared these with our partners. Learning partners then gave each other areas to improve on. We then had another go at sketching using their suggestions to help. We repeated this three times and we couldn't believe the improvements in our sketches! As well as this, we focused on fine lines, tones and shades to make a great parrot sketch.
The Great Kapok Tree
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This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can do to persuade people that it is worth saving.

Secret Garden 

This afternoon we explored the secret garden, noting down what we could see, hear, touch and smell. We will use these notes to help us write a setting description. 

WOW!

As our Wow, to introduce our enquiry on the Amazon Rainforest, we went on a school trip to Bristol Zoo. While we were there, we took part in a workshop on rainforests. We learnt lots of interesting information about the different layers within a rainforest and the animals that live there. We met some different animals too: a stick insect that camouflages itself as a leaf, a hissing cockroach and a tenrec. We had great fun and are looking forward to learning a lot more during our enquiry.

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