When Mickey met Wallace
Our 1st topic of the summer term saw the children concentrating more on the Arts and Computing.
We began by exploring ‘What is animation?’ and when they heard the word, animation, what did it make them think of? The children discussed their favourite cartoon characters, before drawing them. We then explored cartoons that were not animated and animations that were not cartoons.
We looked at how pictures moved in the past through zoetrope and flipbooks. The children evaluated a range of books, before making their own flip book. Moving onto Mickey Mouse, we watched his first appearance in a moving picture and looked at how he developed over the years from 2d to 3d. The children were asked to put various pictures of Mickey Mouse in chronological order, before attempting to draw an old and a more modern picture of him.
We moved onto more modern times and carried out research into Wallace and Gromit. The children discovered how the animations were created before making their own character out of clay.
Our final look at cartoons concentrated on the work of Davey Law who famously created the Beano characters. Here the children had the opportunity to draw, paint and/or print a range of characters.
Throughout the 7 weeks, the children carried out drama work connected to cartoons, looking at strengths, weaknesses and goals in PSHE and studied Beethoven in depth, resulting in the children creating The Beethoven Beat rap.
In Computing, the children learnt how to use software to make their own 3d animations.
‘A right royal battle’
We ended the first half of the term with ‘A right royal battle’ where the children concentrated on the Battle of Hastings. The children discovered where the Normans came from and why they settled here. Through questioning and hot seating, the children discovered more about William the Conqueror. The Battle of Hastings was studied and sequenced, using the Bayeux tapestry as a reliable historical source.
Rocky the Findosaur
Our final topic of the year begins with the children exploring different types of rocks and discovering how they are formed. They will sort different rocks into man-made or natural and go onto carrying out experiments to discover for example, which rocks are permeable and which are not? The children will research how the weather affects rocks and will observe which rocks are more susceptible to erosion.
They move onto looking at fossils and will answer the question, ‘What is a fossil?’ They will explore how fossils are formed and try to group different types of fossils. They will learn that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Moving on, the children will learn that soils are made from rocks and organic matter and will create a ‘soil cocktail’, being able to label the different layers.
The children will compare and group materials according to whether they are solids, liquids and gases. They will know and observe how some materials change state when they are heated or cooled and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degree Celsius (˚C). Finally the children will investigate evaporation and condensation, before identifying the part played by both in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.