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Summer 1 The Groovy Greeks

- Week 1 - 

"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the spider to the fly;
 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy."


In English, we have been exploring the poem 'The Spider and the Fly' by Mary Howitt. We enjoyed performing the text, taking on the roles of the different characters, before creating a modern version in the style of our favourite genre - graphic novels. 

''I have, within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome – will you please to take a slice?"


We created our own 'Spider's Pantry' containing things we thought the spider might like to dine on. There were some very creative efforts including 'fly-scream', 'french flies' and 'flies krispies'. 

We considered why the fly might be tempted to follow the spider into his den and created a conscience alley. 

"Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple – there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead."


We explored the use of descriptive language used by the spider to flatter the little fly. We created visualisations using language from the poem. 

We brainstormed adjectives to describe the spider and learnt how to use a thesaurus to find synonyms of these words. They were definitely worth searching for! Some of our favourite new adjectives were devious, deceitful and malicious

In Maths, we have been applying our measuring skills in order to calculate the perimeter of different shapes. 

In Science, we have been learning about the different parts of a flower and the role they play in the life cycle of a flowering plant. We created our own models of a flower and acted out the process of pollination. 🐞🐝🦋

- Week 2 - 

In Art, we have started our next project, where we will learn the art of printmaking! During our first lesson, we explored the work of American multimedia artist, Delita Martin. We enjoyed discussing her work, thinking about how she would have created such layered pieces and comparing her work with that of Frida Kahlo.  We found many similarities between the two artists in how they have used art to share a story. 

In History, we have been learning about one of the greatest wars in Ancient Greece, the Trojan War. We retold the story, creating freeze frames for key moments. 

In Science, we have been learning about seed dispersal. Seeds can be spread by floating in water, being blown in the wind, being eaten by animals (and excreted!) or, most excitingly, by EXPLODING!

- Week 3 - 

In English, we this week, we practised writing a shared piece warning the little fly not to trust the spider’s fatal flattery before writing our own letters independently. 

In Guided Reading, we have been reading Greek Myths retold by Marcia Williams. We enjoyed exploring the twelve tasks of Heracles. We later headed up to forest school where we practised summarising each of the twelve tasks and created freeze frames. 

Groooooooooovy Greek Day

- Week 4 - 

In Science, we have been learning about our Brilliant Bodies. We learnt that our skeleton protects and supports our body and allows us to move. We explored the names of some of the bones that make up a human skeleton and learnt some pretty impressive facts before making our own mini models. 

- Week 5 - 

We were set a secret mission to create positivity posters to give our Y6s a boost during their SATs week. We enjoyed sneaking into the y6 classroom to complete our mission and deliver our kind words. 

In Art, we learnt how to create a monoprint. After creating our design, we rolled out our printing ink and carefully traced over the image. We will apply this technique when we create our final pieces. 

In English, we are learning how to write effective character descriptions. We have been focusing on sentence demarcation and completing sentence unscrambles to practise identifying the subject and verb within a sentence. We are looking forward to writing our own character descriptions of the gorgon Medusa next week.  

- Week 6 -