Following on from our MoE work we set about making some wooden cabins for the villagers.
To finish the session we did some adventurous stretching, climbing and swinging!
An emergency in the Antarctic......
Mr Abbot came to work with us this week, where we continued our story in the Antarctic. Within our role of expert scientists, we discovered an orca whale in distress.....
Using a dramatic play approach, we worked as a team to ensure that the plastic was removed from the whales mouth, and was successfully put back into the sea. Wow what a team!
Celebrating fantastic work in Daffodils!
We enjoyed working with Tim Taylor to set up a new MoE project connected with Forest School and the Forest environment. To begin, we co-created the borders for a Forest Settlement. We then drew log cabins to represent homes for each of the Forest Families.
The cabins were made of wood as these families had always lived in this setting and they were very experienced wood cutters, foresters, carpenters, hunters and farmers. We discussed the cabin consisting of a single room, with a fire, where all the family would live, including the young and old.
The village had a stream running through it, essential for water. In the centre of the village was an old oak tree, where the villagers would sit, sometimes around a fire, to tell stories.
Next we discussed all the tasks the villagers would need to carry out. Apart from the forestry work, there were daily chores such as cooking, fetching water, looking after horses, chickens and animals. We enacted the roles that the villagers would take on. We thought about which villager would take responsibility for which job.
We drew the family that lived inside the cabin and so we now have a community of people to work with, to learn the ways of the Forest! One villager has just mentioned a terrible storm...
To begin our topic, we used Google Earth and atlases to locate the Antarctic. We looked at the nearest countries and identified key geographical features.
How is climate change affecting the Antarctic?
In our mantle this half term, we will be exploring the effect of climate change in the Antarctic.
We will discover that, for some scientists, Antarctica is pretty much home – they live and work at the research station all year round, and experience the changes through the seasons. We will become a team of scientists that have been sent to the Antarctic to observe penguin behaviour and numbers, look at temperatures and measure the thickness of the ice.
We began our mantle by slowly and carefully moving one piece of paper, representing ice bergs in the Antarctic, showing the ice melting and drifting away. We discussed how is this going to impact on the animals that live in the Antarctic. "I wonder what would this look like from above? How can this be measured?" Someone suggested we used a drone to measure and monitor how far the ice is spreading.
We then looked at some pictures showing how the ice is melting due to climate change, we discussed as a group what we saw. We will be carrying out observations and measurements in our own research base in class.
Celebrating fantastic work in Daffodils
Scarecrow competition winners!
Before half term, we made a scarecrow for Hope House scarecrow trail. The children and staff at Hope House all voted for their favourite scarecrow, and we came first!
Welcome back to another busy half term. Our topic this half term is building on our knowledge of the Antarctic. We will be focusing on the geography of the Antarctic and the effect of climate change. Through our mantle, we will become part of a research team based in the Antarctic, looking at the melting ice caps and what can be done to help.
This half term we will be investigating rocks and fossils. We will be finding out the different types of rocks and how rocks are formed. We will also be looking at how fossils are formed.
Design and Technology
Our design and technology project will be about what makes a balanced diet and looking at what a scientist in the Antarctic would need to eat.
We will continuing visiting the forest school area every other Tuesday afternoon. We will be going out in all weather, so please make sure kits include plenty of layers (Water proof coats and trousers, jogging bottoms, jumper, gloves and hat. Please no jeans, as these can be uncomfortable if they get wet) Again, make sure kits are clearly labelled.
PE will continue to be on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check weekly reminders on the website. It is important children bring into school the correct kit. They should have in their kit: A white or navy blue t shirt, a navy blue jumper or zip up hoodie, navy jog suit bottoms or shorts, trainers and spare socks.
We will change books once a week and children can take home a book to enjoy. Please make sure book bags are in school every day. It is lovely to read your comments in reading diaries, please make sure you fill in reading diaries every time you read, as we are continuing our reading challenge in class – the more you read the more chance of winning a class treat!
Please continue to log in to TT Rocks. Remember to take part in the TTRocks competition next week - points mean prizes, the more you play, the more chance you have a winning some amazing prizes! https://ttrockstars.com/
We are looking forward to working hard this half term in Daffodils class, we are especially looking forward to the count down to Christmas!
As always, if you have any worries or questions, please let us know.
Mrs Kavannah, Mrs Humphreys and Mrs McTweed
We shaped our clay like a hedgehog, a rounded bottom and pointed nose. We found prickles & eyes in the Forest School area. It was fun to see all the different hoglets that we created. What a beautiful family they are!
10 Daffodil Hedgehog facts! Did you know...?
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