Blue Class 2018 - 2019

Mr Sykes

Blue Class Teacher

‘We can’t know.  Sometimes there are things that we have to accept.  There are things we can’t know...we have to allow ourselves to see what there is to see, and we have to imagine.’ Mina

This term, our topic is Skellig. The learning draws its themes from this superb novel by David Almond.

We will learn about, birds, flight, Daedalus and Icarus, skeletons, sound and electricity, angels in art and the work of William Blake.  In English there are rich opportunities for different types of writing from ideas suggested by the story.  Issues raised will help us with thinking in our Heart and Soul learning . . . And of course, we will dive into the world of Skellig.

So, get some ideas and do some pre-learning.  What can you find out about the skeletons of humans and other animals?  Study the birds in your garden – do you have a bird table, are there any birds that may be nesting near you?  Why not find out about the author and where he drew his inspiration.  You could even read the book for yourself and check out the prequel to the story, “My Name is Mina.”  Can you find out why the author chose the name Skellig?

Themes

  • What was Archaeopteryx?
  • Explain evolution – who first developed the theory?
  • Who was Persephone and why did she eat pomegranates?
  • What does the poet William Blake think about school?
  • What are angels?
  • Arthritis – what is it?
  • Why can’t humans fly? – Who was Icarus?

Find the links: flying, bones, the spiritual world, myths, science, creativity, birth and death.

Other Themes to Explore

  • Birds
  • Wings and feathers
  • Science and medicine v. spirit
  • Education v. home schooling / free spirit
  • Peer pressure
  • Imagination and artistic creation

Finally. . .

Collect feathers.

 

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