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The Angry Earth

The Body Machine

World War Two

Turn Up the Power


Adaption: A Life of Change

Inspirational People

The Body Machine.

How does our amazing body work?

In this learning challenge will explore why our bodies are so amazing. We will investigate questions like ‘What are the parts of the human circulatory system and how do they work? How are nutrients and water transported within our bodies and how similar is this system similar to many animals? Why is a healthy diet, exercise and a good life style necessary in keeping our bodies in good shape? Why do birth and death rates vary across the globe? And what are some of the great medical achievements of the past that help our bodies fight disease?’


In English we will read the mythical story of ‘Beowulf and the Monster’. We will look at the language the author used to describe themes like ‘good versus evil’, ‘light and darkness’ ‘wisdom of age’ and ‘victory and death’. From reading the text we will try to imagine how the main characters felt and what creative language the author used to express these feelings. We will then try to write our own mythical play through the process of planning and drafting, paying particular attention to spelling and language structure. We will use the story as a starting point to help us develop our understanding of the power body and mind.


In Maths we will undertake a mathematical mystery about Beowulf to help us develop our number skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, to recognise number patterns and sequences up to 3 digit numbers and how to understand the importance of measurement through problem solving.  We will measure some of our body parts and record our findings accurately using a variety of charts and graphs.


In Science we will focus on the parts of the circulatory system and learn to describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We will explore how nutrients and water are transported within our bodies and find out if these functions can also be found in animals. We will also learn to recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function. While in Computing we will make a digital presentation about living a healthy lifestyle and in Design and Technology we will learn to prepare and cook a simple healthy meal.


In Geography we will use globes and atlases to find out why there are differences in birth and death rates across the world. We will learn to use longitude and latitude to describe the location of countries that have high and low birth and death rates. In History we will find out about the great medical discoveries of the past and will look at the achievements of people like Louise Pasteur, Alexander Fleming and Christian Barnard etc.


In Art we will make self-portraits and sculptures about the body and its five senses. We will also look at how famous artists like Van Gough, Kandinsky, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt, have used their imagination to paint their own portraits and those of others. Finally in Music, we will explore how famous composers and musicians use music to influence the brain and its mood. We will look at musical compositions such as ‘Chariots of Fire’, by Vangelis.


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