Engage Innovate & Express Year 3
Autumn 1: The Stone Age
Year 3 became Neolithic Stone Age people for a Pre-Historic Day out at Murton Park. We had a great time learning to hunt with spears, grind our own flour, weave our own fabric, create cave drawings and study artefacts.
Develop/Innovate: For our topic this half term we have become Historians!
We have learned that artefacts are an important source for helping Historians to figure out what life was like in the past. We have also spent lots of time researching and learning about life in the Stone Age (Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic), Bronze Age and Iron Age and considering the ways in which life improved over time. We have also worked on our skills in sculpting to create our own clay pots in the style of the 'Beaker Folk' clay pots from the Bronze Age and have learned the importance of seam allowances and fabric patterns in preparation for creating our own Stone Age bags which are currently in the making...
Autumn 2: Mighty Metals
Engage: Our big question for this half term is "Can forces move an object without touching it?" so we kickstarted our topic by exploring everyday forces. We played with lots of toys and games which need to be pushed and pulled to work. Some of the toys and objects were also magnetic.
Develop: In Science, we have continued to explore the ways in which forces are used everyday. We have investigated how magnets work, learning that magnets have a north and south pole and will attract or repel each other depending on which poles are facing each other.
In our Design and Technology lessons we started by looking at everyday objects which have pivot and lever mechanisms and talked about why these types of mechanism are so useful. We've also been go-for-it-greens, working hard to make our own variety of pivot and lever mechanisms.
In Art we have learned about metal embossing, observing and discussing the work of Ninette Kruger and Magdalena Muldoon. We have practised making marks in metal by using pencils and clay tools to emboss aluminium foil. We will use our new skills in embossing to create our own intricate works of art.
Innovate: In the coming weeks we will use our knowledge of pivots and levers and our skills in making these mechanisms to design and make a prototype robot with an arm that can reach and grab. Watch this space for photos of our amazing creations!
Express: On completion of our prototype robots we will use stop animation to demonstrate to potential buyers exactly how the robots function and the different ways in which they can move. We will need to make sure the animations show the full potential of our robots in order to convince the buyers to purchase our prototypes and make them into real products!
Engage Innovate & Express Year 4
For our ‘Engage’ we staged a battle between the Celts and the Romans.
During the ‘Develop’ stage Year 4 worked with precision to create Roman Mosaics.
For our ‘Innovate’ we built on our previous knowledge of shell structures to design a Roman Villa using Tinkercad.
As our ‘Express’ we staged a scene from a Roman Villa and shared our Roman Knowledge in role.
The Saxons land in Britain! For our ‘Engage’ we had a forest school morning as settlers attacked from their long boats.
For our ‘Develop’ stage we researched what life was like in a Viking Village and presented our findings to the class. We also used our map skills to study the location of the Saxon Shore Forts and sketched these in an aerial view.
During ‘Innovate’ we held a trade fair of Viking goods and even made our very own decorative Viking cloth using handmade block printing blocks!