We are really busy this year already thinking about our end of year work, but have embarked on many curriculum adventures already!
Making a Museum-Shackleton’s Journey (Form 6 Project)-Autumn Project
Project Overview- The children in Year 6 completed a project which culminated in the class curating their own museum exhibition about the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916. Using the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey as a stimulus, the children spent the Autumn Term researching the crew and learning about their experiences in later life. Throughout the term the children wrote letters, speeches, diary entries, and narrative based on the crews experiences. The class investigated the reasons for interest in Polar Exploration at the turn of the 20th Century. They conducted further research into the life of Shackleton and to Captain Scott and learned much about the fate of these brave men. The children compared Antarctic Exploration at the time with current Antarctic study undertaken at Rothera Station on Adelaide Island. They studied weather patterns, compared temperatures with those in London, looked at the effect of climate change on the Antarctic. The children learned about living creatures living in the harsh environment of the Antarctic and how they have been effected by global changes. They also studied the effect of tourism on the Antarctic.
The children visited the Royal Geographical Society during the term and learned about the significance of the photography of Frank Hurley and how his photographs remain some of the best ever taken in the history of photography.
The children then collated all of their work, presenting it in the gym to share with the rest of the school and their parents dressed as a designated member of the crew. The class performed drama sketches that they had written based on the what they learned and displayed models of the equipment and tools the crew used in their daily struggle to survive. They gave tours of each area outlining to all what they had learned and the significance of Ernest Shackleton and his crew’s survival in one of the most extreme environments on our planet.
Maths Topics covered in Autumn term (Discrete Lessons)
English Composition (Linked to project)
Human and physical geography
describe and understand key aspects of:
Art and Design
Design and Make