Our finished Ancient Greek masks
We absolutely loved making these Ancient Greek masks during our D.T. lessons. They were challenging to make but they look wonderful and we learnt a lot of skills through the process.
Practical science: our digestive system
We enjoyed getting mucky in science today to help us understand the process of digestion happening in our bodies.
Step one: the mouth
We ‘took a bite’ of food and chewed it using our teeth (lego bricks) and our tongue (spoon). To help break the food down further, we added saliva (water) – which contains special enzymes to help break the food down. We then cleaned our teeth using toothpicks.
Step two: the oesophagus
We discussed how food travels down the oesophagus (this journey takes about 10 seconds).
Step three: the stomach
Our gooey mixture then slid into our stomach (plastic bag). In here, we had acid and enzymes (orange juice) to help break it down further. We churned the food until it was a creamy liquid (chime). Food spends three to four hours in the stomach.
Step four: the small intestine
We cut the bottom of a plastic cup to help us pour our mixture into the small intestine (tights) and squeezed the mixture. Lots of liquid seeped out: nutrients pass through the bloodstream through millions of tiny, finger-like villi that line the small intestine. This was messy!
Step five: the large intestine
We continued squeezing into the colon (tights). More liquid came out – water was being absorbed from the food, dehydrating the mixture. The once watery liquid was now squishy and solid. We cut a hole in the bottom of the tights to allow us to ‘go to the toilet’.
After this, we wrote about the journey through our digestive system in our books.
English this term…so far - by Amy and Etta.
We have absolutely LOVED reading a book called ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’. It is about the Greek king of Ithaca called Odysseus and his journey home from the Trojan War. Our favourite (but haunting) part was when Odysseus was in the land of the dead and he saw his mother’s face; he didn’t know that she had passed away so got extremely scared when he saw her there. After we had finished chapter 2 – where Odysseus blinded the Cyclops and boasted about it to Poseidon – we wrote a letter in the character of Poseidon to the Cyclops explaining how he would get revenge on Odysseus.
When we had completed the challenge of writing the letter, Miss Taylor introduced a brand new, exciting English unit: a newspaper report. We could choose out of five chapters from the book to write about: The sack of wind, The 6 headed dragon, Blinding the Cyclops, The sun god’s island or Circe’s island.
We hope you are as fascinated by our topic as we are – we are really enjoying it so far. Also, we highly recommend reading the Adventures of Odysseus as it is fantastic: it contains lots of figurative language and will have you on the edge of your seat. You won’t want to put it down!
Making Ancient Greek Masks (to be continued…) – by Alice and Orla
In DT this term, we have been making Ancient Greek masks from scratch; they were very tricky to make at first.
First of all, we used a few layers of foil to mould the shape of our faces. Once we had the shape of our faces imprinted on the foil, we carefully had to cover the masks in masking tape. This was very hard because the foil was very delicate so we had to keep moulding so it wouldn’t lose its shape. Sometimes our noses on the mask would disappear so we had to keep remoulding it! Next, we got sticky with papier-mâché. We had to be careful not to get it in our hair or on our school uniform. We applied several layers so that the masks were strong and won’t break. Once they were strong enough, we started to build up our facial features: noses, eyebrows, lips and cheekbones. Some of us chose to use tissue paper for this bit but some continued to use newspaper.
We are now looking forward to painting and decorating them, making them look authentically Greek. We have really enjoyed making our masks so far but we also found the process quite challenging – especially at the start.
Please make sure you check again soon to see what they look like when they’re done.
Practising our class assembly – by Georgia and Fraser
We were intrigued to read our parts for the first time when we received our scripts. We chose a song that we all liked from our music lessons and we put some actions to it: we think we have pretty much nailed it! Then, last week on Tuesday the 14th of November, we got the benches out and to us it felt like the real thing. We can’t wait to show you our finished performance!
We have been working hard to ‘polish’ our assembly to make it even more AMAZING and we can’t wait to show the whole school and parents our epic show.
School trip to Bristol Museum – written by Henry and Jasmine
Wow…what an amazing day we had! To start the day off, we had a workshop all about the Ancient Greeks where we did four activities. One of the activities mimicked the job of an archaeologist: it involved measuring and drawing shards of pot to find out what design and size the full pot would have been. Another one of the activities involved looking at real pots and identifying the stories depicted on them. We then came back to a table and tried to create a story board about Theseus and the Minotaur. The next activity was lots of fun – we had to feel what was inside of bags while Miss Taylor asked us questions about the texture of the object and if it was big or small. We were lucky enough to handle REAL Greek vases and learnt what they were used for. For example, we handled a tall and thin pot, called a lekythos, which would have held olive oil. The Greeks would have put herbs and scented plants in it, creating a perfume. They also wore it on a belt for easy access.
For the rest of the day, we had opportunities to explore the museum. For example, we saw a gypsy caravan (which reminded us of the caravan from Danny the Champion of the World), stuffed animals and artwork. In addition to this, we were lucky enough for Mrs Sugar to give us a talk about the ‘Life Through a Lens Exhibition’. Mrs Russell also explained about how the exhibition was actually put together.
All in all, it was a fabulous day and we learnt lots of information and HAD LOADS OF FUN!
In English this term, we have been reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’. We worked in table groups to orchestrate the sounds Odysseus and his crew would have heard in ‘The Song of the Spheres’ to make a soundscape. The noises were: breeze, the sea, a bird’s wings and a voice singing. Can you spot these sounds in the video below?
Liquid Nitrogen Demonstration
We were very fortunate to have a liquid nitrogen demonstration led by students from Badminton school. It was certainly entertaining. Take a look at some of the pictures and videos below!
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