Pilgrim Academy Year 5 pupils research and make WWII medals out of clay and decorate them, utilising a wide range of skills across the curriculum. They are Jasmine Winfield, Daisy Walker, Aaron Tye and Layton Foskett.
Long-term learning and sequencing of lessons is being supported across the curriculum at Pilgrim Academy through the use of Chris Quigley Education Resources.
One of the key focuses this year has been to ensure that pupils develop knowledge and skills across a very wide range of curriculum areas. The curriculum is designed to ensure lessons are sequenced across the Academy and across units of work, to ensure knowledge and skills are built upon and developed as children progress from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Andy Clark, Principal of Pilgrim Academy, explained: "The new Chris Quigley resources have supported staff in helping to develop this sequencing through a series of milestones. In addition, the resources support staff in identifying particular aspects of knowledge that can be assessed to see whether pupils are working at a basic, advanced or deeper level.
"For example, Years 3 and 4 are looking at the Stone Age this term as part of their thematic work and a topic that could be covered might link to food and farming: A pupil working at a basic level would be able to identify how people found food during the Stone Age; someone working at an advanced level, would be able to explain the difference between scavenging and hunting; whereas, a pupil showing a deep understanding, would be able to investigate the social and cultural diversity of our early human ancestors."
Another example of this is with Year 5 and 6 pupils who are studying World War II this term. Teacher Mr Gibbon said: "In the first three-week cycle of the WWII unit, we have been learning about the Battle of Britain. This work has included comprehension, database creation, memory writing and more. In one lesson we discussed the concept of praise and why the soldiers deserved to be praised. We then researched the different war medals, specifically focussing on the colours chosen for the Battle of Britain medals. We had two separate stations for the practical part of the lesson: one to measure, cut, paint and create the ribbon; the other to soften, roll and mould the clay. In a later lesson we then combined them both and added final touches by applying gold paint and glitter.
"The children have been greatly enthused by the topic and enjoy the research aspect of the task, as well as the practical element of producing the war medals. A number of skills have been covered across this segment of the topic. These include Design & Technology skills, such as being able to cut materials with precision and refine the finish with appropriate tools, as well as showing an understanding of the qualities of materials to choose appropriate tools to cut and shape.
"Historical skills explored have included, using sources of evidence to deduce information about the past, and pupils have developed artistic skills through showing precision in techniques.
"Alongside our teaching, our curriculum is designed to support wider knowledge and skills through enrichment opportunities. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils will be visiting the Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln in March, where they will have a full tour and then participate in a workshop, led by the team from the centre."
Some of the WWII medals made by Pilgrim Academy pupils.