Be your own label
Our project will start by looking at the cotton plantations in the 18th century. We will look at how the British empire has changed and how slavery was used to bring us cotton fabric in Britain. We will look at how different products were traded across countries. We will look at what it was like to be a slave and how slavery was abolished and why.
What is the British empire?
Why was slavery acceptable?
What was the trade triangle?
What was it like to be a slave?
Can you bust some myths?
How was slavery abolished?
Our guided reading text is called 'From an idea to Nike' and will tell use the story of how the Nike tick become so famous. In our English sessions, we will be using the book 'Freedom' as our inspiration for diary writing, letter writing and a non- chronological report. The book takes us on a journey with a slave boy across the oceans to Britain. An action-packed and pacey story about Nathaniel, who doesn't want to move to England with his master's family, leaving behind his mother and sister on the Jamaican plantation. But then he remembers what his mother told him: once a slave sets foot on English soil, they're free. Remember to practise your spellings, as we will continue with our daily quizzes .
Our maths will be getting progressively more tricky, reasoning being the main focus . We will revisit fractions and remind ourselves how to compare and order them, plus use all the four operations when working with fractions. We will learn how to systematically tackle those four and five step questions . Most of the work for this half term will be centered around shape and measure. We will continue to do our weekly arithmetic tests and daily times table challenges to help your pace .
We will spend our time looking at how our body works looking closely at the circulatory system. We will building a model of working lungs using a bottle, balloons and an elastic band. We will also look at how our heart works and what things can affect how quickly it beats.
This half term we will be looking at the artist Sonia Boyce, a British painter, born in London to West Indian immigrant parents. She has been a leading figure in encouraging and promoting the work of black women artists—in ‘making ourselves more visible by making positive images of black women’. Boyce's paintings and mixed media images of contemporary black life have been widely exhibited and have won her a considerable reputation.
We will also concentrate on Lubaina Himid, a British artist born in Zanzibar in 1954 who moved to the UK with her mother when she was only four months old. Her mother was a textile designer , who taught Lubaina about colours, shape and the importance of looking at things in everyday life , for inspiration.
We will be looking at medians such as print, photography and include both poetry and music to show off our artistry.