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Iron Man

What are we learning about?

The main focus for this topic is the children’s science fiction story ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Described by some as a modern day fairy story, it describes the unexpected arrival in England of a giant "metal man" who befriends a small boy. From this text we will make giant models together as a class, using levers to move body parts and electrical circuits to light him up.



The focus of this topic will be stories from imaginary worlds. We will spend time looking in detail at character and setting descriptions before writing our own ‘Iron man’ story.

We will compare both the film ‘The Iron Giant’ and the original Ted Hughes novel, as well as compare our giant with the Marvel Comics ‘Iron Man’.

There will also be opportunity for script writing as well as a news report covering the events.



We will spend time using the skills we have learnt to price up our Iron man model and how the parts can be equally spread.

There will be a focus on time, data handling, geometry and measurement when designing and planning our Iron man. We will end the topic using all four operations to solve problems.


Learning Opportunities

The class will spend time looking at the mechanics behind machines. They will know how levers, pulleys and pivots work in machines we find around the house. We will also spend time looking at the electrical layout of technology and will build circuits for our ‘Iron Man’.

There are no planned visits for this topic at present.








How you can help at home 

The homework project this term will be a choice of tasks- a diary entry, a maths poster or an Iron Man model.

Help at home

Toward the beginning of term if we can also have any large boxes you may have this would be greatly appreciated! More detail to come.