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‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Year 4/5


We launched our 'Vile Victorians' topic.
In topic lessons, we initially explored and defined four key categories: Empire, Monarchy, Social Change and Innovation. We then placed key events surrounding those areas in chronological order and summarised what we learned. 

In Literacy, we looked at an image of a busy Victorian market, explored ambitious vocabulary then wrote setting descriptions. 

In Art, we focused on 'digital imagery/art'. We investigated photo editing and the impact filters and adjustments have on images (linking with ICT). Taking inspiration from William Morris, we began to design a plate in the style of his work, using photographs we took of flowers bought from Morrisons!



In Topic, we investigated the rise and beginning of the fall of The British Empire during the Victorian era. We explored a map of the British Empire and we then located the colonies/countries involved on a map. We then explored several sources and from those, predicted what each colony was used for e.g. land, trade, slavery, immigration etc. We then looked closely at why the British Empire began to fall: slavery and wars/rebellions. We discussed racism, discrimination and compared it to more recent events such as the removal of the statue of Edward Colston, as well as, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, whose portrait is currently being displayed (linking with Black History Month).

We looked at both the Crimean and Boer wars focusing on the cause and effect of ill-treatment and the impact both Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole had during and post-war and looked at the similarities and differences between those two significant individuals. 

The History Bloke visited school who informed us about conditions in local pits and discussed a man called Peter Barrett, who worked in the mine in Felling. He even showed us some artefacts, which was cool! 

In Science we have been learning about lifecycles. We worked in teams for a STEM task where we dissected a lily and identified the key parts of the flower.


November is a significant month because of Remembrance Day. We designed poppies in creative ways to display both inside and outside of school to show respect.  

In P.E., we are continuing to develop our netball skills. We have been practising overarm and chest pass throwing and evaluating the force needed depending on the distance you are away from a member of the team. We are continuing to develop our precision and accuracy when throwing the ball into the hoop. We are building upon our teamwork skills because after all, there is no 'I' in team!

In Topic, we are learning about rich and poor, contrasting and drawing comparisons. We decided that being a poor child in the Victorian times would've been extremely challenging due to the working conditions, lack of education and opportunities. Equally, the inequality between genders was unfair! 

In Art/DT, we've developed our sketching skills, focusing on one point perspective drawing!


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

We have been like elves: busy with Christmas crafts and getting into the Christmas spirit. 

We have decorated our classroom windows to mimic a Fenwick's window style set up. For our windows, we used '12 Days of Christmas' as our inspiration and we also gave it a modern twist. 
We realise that this year has been a strange and challenging time for many so we wanted to give back to the community and we designed our own Christmas cards to send off to local care homes and Dr Surgeries. 

In literacy, we have been reading 'A Christmas Carol' creating some fantastic pieces of writing and have been developing our reading skills (using the P.E.E strategy). 

In topic, we have continued to examine the divide between rich and poor in the Victorian Era.