Years 1 - 6 have got off to a flying start in their International Primary Curriculum topics this year, whether digging for dinosaur fossils, constructing toys or maybe even preparing for a new Mission to Mars. There have been some exciting entry point activities: experiencing weightlessness underwater in the pool while trying to complete everyday jobs to simulate space travel, deciphering codes and experiencing the devastation of a natural disaster hitting a town.
Much of our IPC learning stems from children’s thoughts and questions on a topic. There have been some fantastic enquiry and research based projects happening across school: Year 3 have been using the fabulous Encyclopaedia Britannica resource to build dinosaur fact files. We’ve also used atlases and online resources to better understand the geography of our planet: Year 4 have looked for and explained patterns in the location of earthquakes and volcanoes through deepening their understanding of plate tectonics in their ‘Active Planet’ topic. In Year 6, children have been tracing the history of ancient civilisations and using a fabulous online timelining resource to document their findings. Children in Year 2 have created desert islands visited by Traction Man. They’ve experienced the effects of pollution on their paradise islands and also designed boats to help Traction Man make his escape!
Students have enjoyed incorporating art and DT into their learning. Year 5 have designed and created their own Mars rover cross-terrain moving vehicles, Year 1 have created portraits using watercolours and Year 4 used ‘disaster emergency packs’ to cook food. Our IPC topics have also extended to home learning; the dioramas created by Year 3s have wowed their teachers and classmates with the creative ideas and dedication to their topic learning.
To end last term’s learning, some classes concluded with an exit point. In Year 5, parents were invited in to our ‘Blast-off’ rocket launching event. Some amazed us shooting powerfully into the sky; others just covered the teachers and children in vinegar!