Year 5 Autumn 2015
During this term the children have been working towards answering the Essential Question of ‘How is magic made?’
This has included:
Orally rehearsing and writing suspense stories in the style of JK Rowling
Sequencing and writing explanations on using Green Screen technology
Sequencing and writing instructions on using Scratch
Researching and writing a fact file about our author of the term, JK Rowling
Performing magic tricks, refining and improving them with drama techniques
Identifying maths magic tricks that have involved adding and subtracting numbers mentally.
Performing calculations with mixed operations and large numbers
Identify common factors, multiples and prime numbers as part of a magic trick
Recognise, find and write fractions with small denominators as part of a magic trick
Understand how some materials dissolve into liquid to form a solution and describe how to recover it as part of science magic tricks
Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures can be separated
Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible
Use their knowledge of density to perform the illusion of turning wine into water
Use understanding and knowledge of electrical circuits to create the Makey Makey circuit as part of a magic trick
Understand and investigate conductive and non-conductive materials
Program Scratch to react to inputs from Makey Makey to produce sound
Create, edit, mix and convert audio tracks.
Input a variety of audio tracks into Scratch
Use a range of apps to support understanding and reasoning across the project.
Use green screen technology and iMovie to produce loops for a ‘moving image’ illusion, in the style of Harry Potter.
The exploration of the Christian faith when learning about the miracles of Jesus and the difference between illusion and miracles.
Secrets of Success
Trying new things when conducting magic tricks in front of an authentic audience
Understanding others when listening to the retelling of stories
Improve and persevere when attempting magic tricks
Experiences to enhance the learning have been
- A Magic Show by the magician John Morton
- A trip to Harry Potter Studios
- A visit from Margeret Deller who looked at the miracles of Jesus in the Bible.
The final project has been
A magic show where your child took part in a trick mastered during the project, or as part of a creative home learning project.