Term 5 - Is there strength in weakness?
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“The greatest mistake you can ever make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” – Ellen Hubbard
Our Summer Term 1 was used to answer and follow our whole school learning journey question of: Is there strength in weakness? Following themes of diversity, failure and compassion, each Key Phase used their learning and topics to answer this question. How can we harness or develop our weaknesses? How do they make us stronger?
EYFS used the books ‘The Gruffalo’, by Julia Donaldson and ‘The Lion Inside’, by Rachel Bright and Jim Field to follow our learning journey question. We investigated the characters inside these stories and how they showed strength along their journeys. We also use our art sessions to create images of ourselves and identify our strengths. We also learnt how to keep physically strong and look after our teeth!
In KS1, we used our new geographical fieldwork skills to visit the wind turbine on a nice sunny day. We learnt how symbols and directions help people find their way around. We also created narratives based on our learning journey question to demonstrate how weaknesses can be turned into strengths.
In LKS2, we read and learnt from the book ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell with a focus on character and feelings. Our science lessons taught us about the human body and what it takes to be physically strong and healthy, including what food types help us do. We created poems that were personal to us, how to use a compass in relation to fieldwork and used these skills on an educational visit.
In UKS2, we used the book ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palacio to give us context for our question. How did Auggie become a stronger character as a result of his struggle and what did his friends learn from him too? Our PE was driven by making small gains in our skills and abilities, improving slowly over time. We also investigated the circulatory system in Science to learn what it takes to be physically strong and in RSHE we learnt what it takes to be mentally resilient.