We started the session by looking out for signs of Spring. On the way up to Forest School we saw some pink blossom just beginning to show. On site we found Pussy Willow, Catkins, Daffodils and lots of buds.
Bird wise - 4 buzzards were wheeling high in the sky, we think we saw a Fieldfare (or Red Wing) and the usuals.
Today we had time for some tree climbing, swinging and mud kitchen and WE LOVE IT!
PSHE - Internet safety
It is important that we are reminded about keeping safe online. We played a game in which we spotted when we were to tell a grown up if we were 'scared, worried or sad' about something we had seen when we were online. Then we watched some cartoons about what we should do if we saw something online that made us 'scared, worried or sad' https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/
We were very lucky today to welcome Siobhan from Oswestry library who told us all about how reading stories before bedtime can help us sleep more peacefully. We talked about our own strategies when going to bed, we have warm milk, hot chocolate, a story, a warm bubble bath and a cuddly teddy bear! Siobhan read us some lovely stories.
Today, Daffodils class took part in an online workshop with Cosford RAF air museum. We found out more about the different flying equipment through the ages. To start with, we looked at a time line of the different periods of time of aircraft. We then had to put in order different pieces of equipment from the oldest to the more recent.
We looked at different artefacts to discover more about what Amy Johnson did after her solo flight to Australia. There was a map of Rednal aerodrome from the second world war, a record of all the flights that took off from the aerodrome and two spitfire bullet shells from the second world war. We made links from these artefacts and their importance to finding out more about Amy Johnson's life.
We are obsessed about Amy Johnson!
We have really enjoyed our topic about Amy Johnson and have learned so much. We have carried on our learning at home, and shared all that we have found out with our families. Look at the wonderful things we have done at home about Amy Johnson.
We had the pleasure of a blue sky and sunshine for our birdwatching survey. We recognise quite a few of the common garden birds now - robins, blue tits, chaffinches, sparrows and also the bigger magpies, crows, jackdaws and pigeons. Three soaring buzzards also made it onto our counting sheet - perfect timing!
We had time to look at a tiny, solitary wasp nest that Mrs K had found in her garage, and also a larger group wasp nest that her parents had found in their kitchen roof space. Both nests were delicate, but amazingly constructed. Look at the patterns, texture and honeycomb style compartments! Isn't nature wonderful!
As we prepared for Amy Johnson's solo flight, we considered all of the tasks that would need to be completed before take off. We checked the parachute, made sure the tyres and wheels were safe, a compass and map were packed. We then set off along the runway. Amy hit many challenges, a sandstorm, an unplanned landing because of a shortage of fuel and the most challenging of all, she hit a monsoon and crash landed her plane. Thankfully, a school teacher came to her rescue and with the help of the students, they fixed the planes wings by sewing old shirts and fabric together. Amy completed her solo flight and was greeted in Darwin, by huge crowds cheering! Unfortunately, she missed to break the world record by just 3 days.
We discovered that Amy Johnson had packed in her bag, some meat paste sandwiches for her journey. We decided to try them to see what they tasted like, there was a mixed response!
To find out more about Amy Johnsons flight, we looked at various secondary historical sources. We looked at clues and matched them to the sources.
Welcome to Daffodils stick insects!
After waiting a few weeks, our new baby stick insects have hatched.
We are taking part in the RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch, which means that Daffodils will be making a count of the different types of bird that we see at school and the numbers of them that we see at any one time. We spent our session today preparing for the birds, so that next time we will have plenty of bird visitors!(fingers crossed)
We filled the feeders with bird seeds and peanuts and scattered some mealworms around the logs. Blackbirds and Robins love mealworms. Blue Tits and finches love seeds.
We checked out good places to birdwatch and made some cheerio bird treats. We listened to the hedge sparrows and starlings jabbering away and tried to copy the song of the goldfinch and magpie.
Hopefully we'll see plenty of birds next week !
This is the blog of Daffodils Class (Year 2 and 3)