After weeks of preparation and planning 5RA finally undertook our Antarctic rescue mission to save Jeremy Arnott. The class have put in so much work organising the expedition from applying for different roles, holding a press conference and writing a letter to the head of Mountain Rescue. I am glad to say we were successful in our mission and managed to rescue Jeremy from the grips of the icy continent.
On Tuesday we were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit Moortown library. The experience allowed us to see the incredible selection of books the library has to offer particularly on our new topic of Antarctica and Ernest Shackleton. We made Lego landscape to show some of the scenes that Shackleton faced in his failed mission to the South Pole.
As part of our topic learning we visited Leeds City Museum to undertake an Ancient Greece workshop. The trip allowed us to learn more about this fascinating era of history and see some real artefacts from the time period.
We were very lucky in 5RA to have Stathi’s mum come into our class to teach us some Greek cookery skills. We learnt how to make a Greek style cheese pie and tzatziki. We then tried our creations which were incredibly delicious. Thank you once again to Stathi’s mum for taking the time to come and teach us.
We were very lucky to have a woodwind trio come into out class today to perform for us. Through song and dance they helped us tell the story of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld. We learnt all about the different Greek gods associated with the story and about the different types of woodwind instruments.
In our art lessons we produced masks of the grotesque witches. Firstly we designed the mask using felt tips, we thought about how we would exaggerate particular features to make them more disgusting. We then created the mask using cardboard and newspaper to create the contours. Finally we used mod rock to hold the shape and painted over our final design.
As the curtain falls on our Macbeth performance I think now is the perfect time to reflect on the whole experience. It has been an absolute pleasure to see the children grow in confidence and show a real passion for one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays. They have allowed themselves to become immersed in Shakespeare and have demonstrated a real desire to learn more about the man himself and his universal plays.
The experience has allowed the children the opportunity to fully engage with a play many would deem too complex for children of their age, understand the reasons for characters dispositions and ultimately enable them to work like professional actors. That’s not say it has all been smooth sailing with several setbacks along the way. However, through perseverance, dedication and creativity they have demonstrated a tenacious passion for drama.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and staff alike for whom none of this would have been possible from helping them children learn their lines, supporting backstage and being flexible to accommodate our rehearsal schedule.
The children have undoubtedly produced a piece of work that stood up against their older peers and for that they should be truly proud.
During our writing that focused on the banquet scene we discussed the feelings of some of the characters involved. We used a role on the wall to describe the way that Lady Macbeth felt on the inside and the perceptions the other characters had of her on the outside. We then wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Lady Macbeth. Areena wrote powerful entry that really encapsulated the anger of Lady Macbeth toward the bizarre actions of her husband.
We looked at the part in the play where the witches reappear to offer further predictions to the now unhinged Macbeth. We thought about writing from the perspective of a crow flying above the scene. We discussed the need to use prepositions in our writing to demonstrate the position of each character. Chloe produced a brilliant piece that included some high level word choices.