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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 5

This terms overarching question:
'What makes someone significant?'

Friday 30th April - Ancient Greek Day



What a special day! We took part in a carousel of activities over the morning:

The Greeks were well-known for their love of story-telling, so we listened to the myth of King Midas and the Golden Touch before acting it out to show our understanding.



We examined artefacts, looking closely for clues as to what they were made of, what they might have been used for and what kind of people might have used them - some very high-level inference went on!

We took part in our own version of the Olympics, which included some of the events held in the original games in Olympia. We sprinted, threw javelins and discus and even participated in chariot racing!

Everyone joined in the day's activities whole-heartedly, and took all the opportunities offered, such as trying new foods and new ways of learning History. With comments like, "This has been the best day ever!", as well as watching everyone learn so much while having fun, meant we all went home content.

Locating capital cities around the world

After recalling the continents and oceans around the world, the children focussed on using the Index of an atlas. They were able to discuss what information was shared and then they located the capital cities. As an extension, the children then identified the continent that they the country and capital was based in.





English - Acting the storm scene





To understand Chapter One, the children used drama to show what the storm would look and feel like. The children tried to use the vocabulary from the Zone of Relevance to improve their selection.

Leadership Award - Archie Arch Bishop


Part of the Archie Arch Bishop Award, the children were explored the role of leadership. They discussed the qualities of leadership and then used Top Trump cards to evaluate well-known leaders. The children had a great deal of fun but more importantly understood what skills were needed in leadership.





Part of the Outdoor and Adventure Curriculum is Outdoor and Adventure Activities and the children had to learn to trust those around them with the use of good communication. With attempting to make different group numbers and travelling around to walking in a blindfold to collect different coloured cones.




Break times

The children have been able to explore and utilise the grounds in the sunshine at breaks and lunch. They have noticed the plants and the beauty that God has provided.


RE - exploring emotions through creativity 



In RE, the children read a poem that explored the world they live in and the emotions that we show. They then turned these into image and patterns. You can see from the display how creativity through art, is an excellent way to display this.

Science - Dissecting flowers and the parts







During Science, the children learnt to dissect the daffoldil, to locate the different parts, both female and male in order for the flower to reproduce. The children then labelled the different features before beginning to explain their purpose.  

Talking Maths

In Maths, to demonstrate their understanding of ordering fractions, the children had to decide whether to convert the numerator or denominator into a common one before ordering in an ascending or descending order. The use of vocabulary related to fractions was fantastic!

Examining artefacts in History





This afternoon, after predicting what the rest of the missing object would look like, the children then examined the artefacts and discussed what they thought it was made from, it's purpose and who would have used it. It was excellent to hear the connections being made to previous learning about the Egyptians and reading about the Ancient Greeks to make predictions. 


Running in Athletics



During Athletics, the children have explored the technique for running short and long distances. They have learnt that the length of the stride may affect the speed and how they should use their arms too. They have learnt that they should consider when to accelerate.

Design Technology (Ancient Greek bread)







After researching and designing their own style of Greek breads, the children then created their own Greek roll ready for the Greek banquet. Some children added olives into theirs or included olive oil from the recipe.

Guided Reading - VIPERS in action

In Guided Reading (Week B), the children have been able to read their own book and respond to questions based on vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and summarising.




Greek Rolls





During the Greek Day feast, the children were able to taste and evaluate their own bread rolls. You can see how some children chose to make Greek leavened and unleavened rolls. It was excellent to see how some had included olives too. The children had to evaluate the taste, texture and appearance and decided if anyone would buy it if they were to make them again.

The Greek Day Feast

To conclude the Greek experience, the children tasted foods that would have been around in Ancient Greek times. This included dipping bread in olive oil, eating olives and some cheeses as well as some fruits and vegetables.





Creating openings that include tension

The children have been exploring techniques that help add tension to their writing. They have thought about the senses, the power of three, the use of onomatopoeia and varying the sentence structure. We certainly enjoyed hearing about them.



OAA - Working as a team and communicating

After completing the daily mile, the children then worked together to compete a variety of challenges with various pieces of equipment. Building on their leadership skills from the Archie Arch Bishop Award, the children successfully balanced, transported and solved problems to achieve success.




RE - expression through dance

Continuing our work about expression creativity, the children learnt how people can use dance to show emotion or tell a story. We discussed about religious festivals using dance too. We based our dance on the story of 'The Lion King'. 



Scientists in action

After recalling the parts of the flower, the children explored the way plants reproducing in a sexual and asexual way. The children have set up two investigations to observe over time. They then explained the method too.






Greece - researching about physical features

To investigate and learn about the physical features of Greece, the children worked in pairs to find out some interesting facts and then shared them with the rest of the class.




Science - drawing scientifically

The children learnt that scientists will zoom in closely to inspect the details before drawing them more closely. Using the Reflective Garden, the children were successful in finding a plant and then drawing carefully.






Christian Aid Walk

To support Trevor from the church, the children walked at least 3 laps of the field to raise money for Christian Aid. The children completed this enthusiastically. They felt proud that they were helping others!




Big Write - a non chronological report about a mythical beast

The children researched a mythical creature that they wanted to write about. They thought about the features of it, what it ate, where it lived and any special powers it had. It was certainly impressive writing!





An experience of cricket





What a wonderful session the children with Justin from Dynamos cricket! They learnt how to complete an overarm bowl and aim at a target. Many points were scored and the progress was evident from all. A great time was had by all!

Publishing stories (Greek myths)

Over the last few weeks, the children have been working hard to write their very own Greek myth. After the process of editing and improving, the children then progressed onto publishing, They were thrilled with the results!







Bikeability Level 1

As part of curriculum, the children have been learning how to ride their bikes in order to use them on the roads. At St. Thomas' we encourage our children to be independent and part of this is learning to keep themselves safe.