Year 1 Swallows arrived today to a camp site set up in their classroom! After a lengthy discussion and speculation about who might have done it, it came to light it was Russell from the film Up. He is hoping to become a a Senior Wilderness Explorer but the strong Manchester winds had blown some of his pages from his notebook away. So, it was up to the children to use orienteering skills to locate the missing pages. They all gained their orienteering badge which they put on their sashes they made too.
This afternoon the children have started researching one of the names in Russell’s notebook, Sir Ernest Shackleton. They have learnt so far that he was a polar explorer, wanting to be the first to cross Antarctica from one end to the other. He travelled on a ship called Endurance that became ice packed but we don’t know yet whether he was successful…
The children were given clues this week which they had to decode and translate from nonsense alien words to places around the school. They then visited these places and identified the types of trees there were – deciduous or evergreen. Back in class they had to find out the names of the trees and plants based on the leaf structure. What trees can you name when you’re out and about this bank holiday weekend?
They also had to use a map to direct themselves around the school grounds to find common U.K. birds. What birds can you name when you’re out and about this bank holiday weekend?
Chrissy left us a letter and a bog baby today! She told us to read her story about where the bog baby is from and what it is like where he lives. She also asked us ‘what is like where you live; what lives there?’ So off we went to have a look in the local area around school. We did see lots of trees, leaves, flowers and birds but we couldn’t name them all. Our next job is to find out the names of the trees, flowers and birds so we can report back to Chrissy and let her know!
What a wonderful day we have had! Today we met Karim and he brought 30 African drums. Our first workshop was African drumming and then he taught us African dancing. Back in class we looked at some images of African sunsets and animal silhouettes before making our own.
This week, we have become geographers in Sharks. We have been thinking about the world around us and it’s physical features. Here are some photos of the children creating their own sketch maps of their surroundings.
As part of our Geography this half term the children have been learning about continents and oceans. For their homework, I asked them to find out about a destination they have visited. Here are just some of the fabulous pieces of homework I have received.
As our wow for our topic ‘Why do we love flying?’ Year 2 had a fabulous day out to Manchester Airport. Despite the freezing cold weather, we learnt lots about aeroplanes. We hope you enjoy some of our pictures of our adventure.
What a great day we have had! Although it was freezing cold we couldn’t have asked for a clearer blue sky or a busier runway! We especially loved being inside the DC-10 flight deck and we have got some budding flight engineers and captains. When we got back to school we added more questions to our mind map of what we want to explore this half term. Have a look at our day……