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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Class topics

May 22 - July 22 

See the source imageCommonwealth Games.

We are so lucky and privileged to be hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. What a wonderful topic to end with. The Foxes will be naturally taking part in the sports that are featured during these games in their PE sessions. We are lucky enough to be attending a Commonwealth Games roadshow which will have a climbing wall, archery, boxing, hockey and African Drums. 

We will be exploring the history of the games and also delve into the different countries involved. At the end of the term we will be hosting a whole week of festivities leading up to the opening of our own Dame Ellen Commonwealth Games.

April - May 22

Jazz and Blues.

A really exciting topic this term to explore the musical genre of Jazz and Blues. Foxes will look into the people that gave the Jazz and Blues name what it is today with artists such as Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong and Glen Miller.

This topic is mostly about the cultural side of the music and where it originated from and what makes up a Jazz and Blues song!

February - April 22 - 

Spring term 2 - Vikings

This topic we go back in time to look at the historical journey and lives of the Vikings. The Foxes will explore folk tales and traditions from this time for English and Maths. For creative lessons we will design our own dragons, shields and try out some Viking cooking!

 

January - February 22

Spring term 1 - Mosaics

This term we will be exploring the stunning art craft that is Mosaics. The Foxes will be travelling through time looking at the history of this beautiful craft from Roman civilisation to modern day artists such as Antoni Gaudi and Peter Mason.

In English, we will be reading and working the story 'The Dragon on the roof' a story inspired by the famous Gaudi building Casa Bastello in Barcelona. We will be using persuasive role playing and language to introduce people to the stunning Mosaics that litter the city of Barcelona. 

In Maths, we will be focusing on patterns and shape which ties in beautifully with our Mosaic theme. These lessons will be taken by Andrina covering Miss Kindon on PPA.

In our topic lessons we will mostly explore the different historical eras of Mosiacs through Rome, Egypt and finishing with Gaudi's stunning architecture in Barcelona.

 

September - December 21

Autumn Term 1 and 2 - India

We will be exploring the incredible country that is India for this term, and we are very excited to start this wonderful topic.

In English, we will be reading and working the story 'Chappati Moon' an Indian spin on the story of the Gingerbread man and Pattan's Pumpkin. We will be doing lots of speaking and listening in the form of role play as well as reading and writing key phrases and moments in the stories.

In Maths, we will be focusing on direction and position and money.

In our topic lessons we can explore this country through Art and cultural studies and look into cuisine, religion, music, art, dance and finally celebrations! We can't wait!