We spent a super, sunny afternoon in the Forest School area creating our own Environmental Art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
Using Mantle of the Expert techniques we have become a team of History Detectives to follow Florence Nightingale to Scutari in Turkey in the Year 1854. The children experienced the trip on the boat from England to Turkey, stopping off in Malta where they were all sea-sick and didn't leave the ship!
They then co-created the conditions in the hospital in Scutari. There were many injured soldiers, a few surgeons working in filthy conditions and rats and cockroaches scurrying about. Florence and her nurses were given a tour by the General Manager. The children were shocked that Florence and her team were prevented from working in the hospital at first by the General Manager, who didn't think it was seemly to have women working in those conditions and that they wouldn't be able to help. Florence eventually convinced him, with the backing of the British Government, and started her nursing transformation.
Continuing our theme of being safe in school, the children all drew up a list of their Top Tips and made colourful eye-catching posters, which are now displayed in class. A few are copied here.
Alps Class have been working as History Detectives and have travelled with Florence Nightingale to Scutari, in Turkey in 1854 to see the state of the hospital before Florence started her work there. Using our continuous provision resources the children recreated the hospital in our role play area, with blocks, crates and tyres, lego and on paper.
We have been talking about how to be safe in school and keep each other safe.
We know about Fantastic Walking around school and respecting each other's space - particularly in our class bubbles with Covid restrictions in place.
Talking about Stranger Danger to the children can be quite tricky as it is a scary subject. We watched a video which set it all out really well. The link is here, so you can watch it again at home to reinforce the message.
We collected a few wild flowers, catkins, leaves and dandelion clocks and hung them on a Spring Mobile, which we compared with photos and what we remembered of the Winter Mobiles we made before Christmas.
Following our work on Florence Nightingale, we had a visit from Sally, who talked to us about her job as a nurse. We found out how she became a nurse, as we discovered that Florence went against her parents wishes and went to school. Women were not meant to go out to work, which we decided was very unfair! We found out about how Florence's work on cleanliness is still applied today and we even got to try out some of the equipment!
Enhanced provision in Alps this term
As part of our enhanced provision, we have been doing some research on the life of the Victorians and making some repetitive patterns just like the work of the Victorian artist William Morris. In our maths lessons we have been learning about capacity, so we have had the opportunity to explore various measuring equipment in the water tray. We have even got our own Doctors surgery, we have the most advanced practitioners at our surgery, just call in for an appointment!
It is important we find time to read in Alps. Our reading corner is the best place to choose our favourite book with our friends and enjoy reading!
We went out to the Forest School area to look for signs that Spring is here. It was quite a warm, sunny afternoon and very dry underfoot.
The children found catkins, blue speedwell, dandelions, buds on the trees, blossom, pale yellow primroses and pink primulas and a few narcissus. We used our guide books to Britain's flowering plants to identify some of the flowers.