Spring term- Vile Victorians
This term, the children will be going back in time! They will begin the year with an immersive architecture workshop where they will be recreating Crystal Palace in our school hall! We will be focusing on the history of our school and how children were treated in the Victorian era. In Geography, we are exploring how the land use of Dinton and the surrounding area has changed over time, using fieldwork and mapping skills.
Our main text and class book will be Street Child by Berlie Doherty. This text is a fictional account of the experiences of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in 1860’s London and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken in by Dr. Barnardo, founder of a school for the city’s “ragged” children.
Over the term, the children will be using the text to inspire their writing of different genres such as: biography, narrative and argument. In Art and DT the children will be using the techniques of William Morris to create their own fabric design and creation using a pattern.
In PE we will be taking inspiration from Victorian playground games to create and perform a dance. The children will create motifs, phrases, sections and whole dances, using basic compositional principles.
During Science lessons, the children will be identifying sources of light and revising the fact that light travels in straight lines and opaque objects form shadows. They will also learn that in order to see light must enter the eye. Additionally, the children will investigate light reflection, refraction and white light made of many colours.
In RE, the children will be considering whether clothes express faith. They will be looking at the religious significance behind a range of dress codes and will be linking quotes from religious texts to the dress. The children will also explore how people follow dress-codes for non-religious reasons and discuss how a sense of identity can be created through clothing.