Wonder, Believe, Shine & Achieve - Welcome!
We are continuing with Ancient Greece at the start of this term as we embark on a journey to the battle site of Thermopylae and find the remains of a young soldier (courtesy of Mantle of the Expert).
The topic this term is about Native Americans or First Nations.
For our topic this term, we are travelling to North America to learn about the indigenous peoples and their descendants. In Canada, there are three groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. They have their own unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs – all linked to stewardship of creation.
In particular we will focus on two very different nations in British Columbia: The Squamish (Coast Salish) lived in massive cedar longhouses, while the Lílwat (Interior Salish) dwelled in Istkens. Both these nations have traditionally lived among the mountains and by the sea.
We will use Tinkology to examine 3D shapes and determine the net for a Tipi or other native dwelling. Through our class reader, Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac we will learn of the extraordinary bravery and citizenship of the Navajo people during World War 2 – this will link to our class trip to London to visit the Imperial War Museum in preparation for the Centenary of the end of the First World War.
Through art and DT, the children will create their own Navajo wall hanging using traditional weaving techniques.
In religion through the 'Come and See' programme we will look at the topics of Mission (exploring the experience of community), Memorial Sacrifice (relating to the Eucharist and being thoughtful for life, for people and gifts) and Sacrifice (preparing for Lent and Easter – life, especially within our families and in school presents opportunities for self-giving).
Class readers for this term are:
Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac
Native American History for Kids by Karen Bush Gibson
Each week every child will be expected to complete:
- Two pieces of homework (literacy and numeracy) which will be given out on a Monday and expected back the following Monday.
- 20 minutes reading every night with a comment or reflection by the child in their reading record.
- 10 minutes numeracy skills every night (MathsWatch and Espresso websites).
Finally, a list of websites have been recommended for the children to use at home for further study of any subjects covered in class (any passwords required have been issued).