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Project Based Learning
Our first project was based around the question, "Richard III: Hero or Villain?" - We have been exploring the local history connected to Richard III and developing our critical thinking skills through research. We've debated and formed our own opinions of whether we believe he was a victorious king or a murderous villain.
In the Spring term, we have been considering what the refugee crisis is and how we can support refugee children living in Leicester. Our citizenship project has given us an insight into what happens to refugees when they are forced to flee and as part of our final exhibition, we have created a shoe box appeal that will be distributed to refugee children currently living in Leicester.
We started the year with a picture book study - reading "The Viewer" by Shaun Tan and the children loved the intricacy of the illustrations on each page. We then moved onto studying 'Skellig'. This 'chilling' novel took us on an adventure with the main character to discover the truth behind the mysterious being in the garage. We've analysed themes, descriptive language and authorial intent.
To start the Spring term we have been reading "The Arrival" to complement our PBL lessons and project, and we will also studying "A Midsummer Night's Dream" using the original Shakespeare text and working with different strategies to analyse the play, characters and language. The magical classroom has brought the play to life and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the drama.
During the summer term, we will be studying Harry Potter, we are looking forward to being absolutely immersed into the different environments in our classrooms.
Philippa Langley visits year 5!
To conclude our second PBL project, "Richard III - Hero or Villain?" We were lucky enough to welcome Philippa Langley to school to share her story of the Richard III dig in Leicester. Philippa's visit was inspiring and exciting for all of the children and staff too! She spent time, showing the children how they came about the skeleton of Richard III, modelling the search with our carpark immersive classroom. Philippa reinacted the moment they first uncovered the skeleton, talking through her thoughts, feelings and explanations about what was going on with the children.
It was wonderful to have such an inspirational visitor to help us with our project! The children loved talking through our project, sharing their sketches and books and having the opportunity to ask as many questions as they wished!
Help at home!
There are many things that you can do at home that will really help you in school!
- Read at home every night for around 15 minutes
- Talk about the stories you are reading, who are the characters, what are they doing and why are they making those choices?
- Read a range of text, we all have a favourite author, but it is best to read different types of books!
- Practise your times tables! Inside out, back to front and upside down! Do you know them backwards?
- Practise your mental maths skills... How quickly can you add two numbers? What about taking away?
- Make sure your homework is completed on time and to a high standard each week, remember to ask the teacher if you are unsure.