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Our Autumn 2 topic is... Potions.
We will be immersing ourselves in the mysterious, amazing and magical world of medicines, potions and herbal brews!
History and Reading will be at the heart of our topic work and they will inspire our writing, scientific investigations, historical enquiry skills and artistic skills.
In Whole Class Reading, we will be following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole alongside Alice. We will learn about mysterious potions, write our own safety labels and instructions for our own concoctions.
In History, we will develop our knowledge, historical enquiry and chronological skills through exploring the history of medicine, potions and herbal remedies. We will learn about famous doctors who have contributed to medical marvels such as anaesthesia and local literary figure Ellis Peters whose inspiration - for her medieval medical and herbalist monk, Brother Cadfael stories - came from her days spent working as a chemist's assistant in Dawley during the 1930s.
In Science, we’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases. Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter.
We’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects – what ingredients will we use? It will be great fun to make chocolate hearts and bath bombs! We’ll also create canvas art on a large scale! At the end of the ILP, we’ll even make delicious potion treats for you to taste!
How can you help?
Help your child prepare for their project ‘Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Why not hunt around the house to track down a wide variety of items and sort them into solids, liquids and gases? You could also sketch interesting bottles or containers that you have at home. Alternatively, you could try baking something new together, thinking about how the ingredients change when you mix and cook them.
We are always here if you have any concerns or questions and would like to thank you for your support.