It’s been a busy start to our Spring term and the children have been working hard…

Much of the work the children have been doing has linked in with our history topic of the Ancient Greeks. The children have been investigating who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. They have learnt how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigated the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compared it with the political systems we have today. The children also compared and contrasted the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events. In art, the children have been looking at the work of Alberto Giacometti (a sculptor) who is famous for his long thin sculptures such as “The Walking man”. The children will be making their own sculptures using his style but with the theme of the Greek Olympics. In English, many of the children have been looking at Greek myths and they have written their own story about Pandora’s Box. The children have been working hard to include their writing targets. 

In computing the children have been learning more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). They have investigated early methods of communicating over distances such as semaphore, communicating with red and yellow flags, and Morse code, dots and dashes. They have also learnt about two early ciphers. The children have really enjoyed using code and have been successful in encrypting and decrypting coded messages to each other.

On Tuesday 5th February we celebrated Safer Internet Day. The aim of the day is to help build children’s awareness of using the Internet safely. Year 5 took part in activities, which helped the children understand the concepts of ‘consent’and ‘permission’ when they are online. They were able to identify the differentcontexts in which they may need to give or receive permission, explore theconsequences of doing so and understand the importance of choice andrespect online. For further information, parents/carers can download resources at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

 Last week Mrs Ormerod and I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon as part of our work as the Lead Associate school with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Accompanying us we had Ella and Alana, two of our Shakespeare Ambassadors, who had been chosen by the RSC to go to Stratford to set up the first RSC’s Youth Advisory Board. The girls were amazing throughout the three days they spent with the RSC and other ambassadors from other Lead Associate Schools - they fully embraced the opportunity and provided a great voice for the children of Blackpool and Wyre. Ella and Alana are in the process of typing up their own blog about their three days in Stratford which will include photos so please watch this space…

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