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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Class Topics

2020 Topics September - December 

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Ancient Greeks - Autumn 1


Ancient Greece is famous for its mythology. Greek myths are stories that include magic and creatures, as well as the Greek gods and goddesses. We will be exploring these incredible myths through the medium of poetry and outdoor performances. We will also be delving into the culture of how the ancient Greeks lived and the inventions they created to aid everyday lives.


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Autumn 2  - Mexican Art

A hallmark of Mexican Art are the vibrant colours.  Bold colours and decorative details give Mexican folk art the attractive edge it is famous for. We will be exploring all these different decorative techniques to achieve some beautiful art pieces.


Spring 2

The Jungle Book

We are very lucky to be working on the topic ‘The Jungle Book’ for Spring 2 term. As usual we will be linking this wonderful story into our core subjects; Maths and English. On our topic lessons we will be exploring India for Geography, the life cycles of animals and plants and creating dances in PE from the music from the Disney film.

We will also be making a special class trip to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park to study and understand some of the animals from the book.


Spring 1


This term we will be exploring the topic ‘The UK’.  Hedgehogs have already been learning the locations of our main cities that make up the UK; Wales, Ireland, Scotland and of course England.

The topic as usual will run throughout the curriculum; in Maths we will look into areas such as measurements; metric and lengths. Our English lessons will be focusing on the wonderful world of UK poetry, with poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear and Enid Blyton to name a few!

We will be using our creative skills to make some of the famous landmarks from our great capital city, London!


Pudsey’s visit – Children In Need day

We had a surprise visit from the bear himself first thing on Wednesday morning. The children were so happy to see him! We had an action packed morning working out to Joe Wick’s Get Moving morning on the Friday. Hedgehogs did a great job fundraising and motivating everyone to work out and raise money for children.

CBSO visit

On the first week back we had a visit from the wonderful CBSO. They gave us a great insight into their musical instruments and played some recognisable music. Some Hedgehogs were very lucky enough to participate in the demonstrations with the musicians!

Barry Stokes Award Winner – Seth Hunt

A huge well done to Seth who truly deserved this award for his continual great work and kindness in Hedgehogs.

Our new topic WW2 – Remembrance Day

Hedgehogs have kick started the term with the new topic of WW2. We have learnt a lot regarding Remembrance Day and the importance of why we need to remember the fallen dead.

Hedgehogs so far have looked at WW2 ration cookery, the initial key events of the outbreak, digging for victory, made their own poppies and read a beautiful WW2 poem ‘In Flanders Field’. They are working fantastically and showing such great enthusiasm for the subject.


The first week was all about introductions, settling and adjusting to a new class routine. We had a great week of playing and interacting with each other. Already the new class have embraced the school’s golden rules and enjoyed the rewards that come with following them! During Proud to me week Hedgehogs worked hard this week finding out what makes them so great as an individual. We are all proud of their individual qualities and interests, and can’t wait to watch them flourish over the year.

Forest school.

As well as swimming every week Hedgehogs are a keen and curious bunch. They are very lucky to have creative forest school instructor Andrina to guide their exploration skills. Not forgetting how they use our school values of Teamwork and Courage and Bravery in the lesson.

The Art Gallery topic.

Our topic this term is all about the ‘Art Gallery’. The topic covers artists, painters and sculptors from the past and present with some contemporary artists from Birmingham as well! Our artist of choice so far is Vincent Van Gogh and we are exploring different art techniques to recreate his famous pieces of work.

Macmillian coffee morning.

Hedgehogs got very creative decorating biscuits ready for Macmillian Coffee morning. They couldn’t resist eating the chocolate after! Can you tell what they are?!