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Summer term - Indian Spice
Where is India? Can you find it on the Asian continent?
You will notice on the map there are objects to be found. Can you find them all?
Now you have found everything on your object list, can you spot the seal? I will give you a clue, he looks a bit like this but smaller.
Images taken from Spot the Seal around the World by Sarah Khan and illustrated by Simon Morse.
We started our India topic by sampling some Indian cuisine! The children loved trying poppadoms, mango chutney, onion bahjis, samosas and homemade dahl (dahl is a stew made from lentils, onions and spices).
We have been learning about the different areas of India in Geography/Topic, including the Himalayan mountains in the North, the Central Plains and the Tropical South. The children have been working hard to make texture maps, using different materials such as rice and tissue paper to show these areas!
RE: Hindu Weddings
We have been looking at Hindu weddings and the different rituals, which are unique to their Hindu celebrations! The children really loved re-enacting a Hindu wedding and dressing up as the bride and groom!
The classroom was arranged as a wedding with chairs for the guests and an aisle for the bride and groom:
In the photo, our bride and groom are putting the flower garlands around each other:
Summer term - Exploring toys from different eras
This term we are looking at toys from different eras and comparing them with toys of today.
Below are the children busy creating their own peg dolls from scraps of material found in school. Victorian children would have enjoyed playing with peg dolls, although their presentation would have been very different for rich and poor families. If you were poor you would have had an abundance of wooden pegs but the clothes would be made from rags. Whereas the rich children would have had luxury materials to use and expensive toys.
In forest school, the children were supported in making hoops to roll with a stick. It was quite successful as you will see below.
Summer Term - Forest School: Seed Dispersal using water
In forest school, we were trying to work out a way to transport a seed from point A to point B using different methods including waterfalls. Here is a video of our first attempt:
Poles Apart ~ Spring Term
This half term we have been busy studying the globe and different continents. We have learnt the story 'Lost and Found' about boy helping a lost penguin find its way back to Antarctica.
After finding out all about the Arctic and Antarctic regions, we moved on to looking at all the continents and then the children wrote their own journey story about a different animal finding its way back to its own continent.
In maths we have been focussing on place value with lots of work on adding tens and ones.
And in PE we have been learning the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira which is a 'game' invented by African slaves in Brazil and is like fighting but is non contact and is played in a circle with everyone involved clapping and playing musical instruments. The children have LOVED doing this.
The 'Big Burning'
For the culmination of the Great Fire of London topic which the children have loved, we had a big burning of the children's handmade tudor style houses in a controlled environment. We discussed how the weather conditions affected the fire and how the breaks created were the key to stopping the fire from spreading.
As part of our science topic this term we are looking at everyday materials and their properties. We carried out an investigation to see which materials burnt most easily. The children made excellent predictions and their conclusions also showed good scientific thinking.
Fire of London Dance
As part of the Fire of London topic, we have been looking at the construction of timber framed houses and understanding how the fire spread. In science, we have also been looking at everyday materials and their suitability for different purposes. Visiting Avoncroft was great as it put all this learning into context and the children were able to explore a medieval timber framed house and understand how fires were used for light and heat. They also took part in a timber frame group construction challenge and a wattle and daub making workshop. They loved the day!
Spring Term 2017- The Great Fire of London
We have launched our new topic of the Great Fire of London with some very exciting activities including a visit from Bromyard Fire Brigade! The children were SO excited!!! Here are some pictures to show their visit:
Gingerbread Man Text Map video November 2016
Seasonal Artwork - October 2016
In Science, we have been observing seasonal changes in autumn. We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration and made these beautiful artworks outside on a glorious sunny afternoon.
Gingerbread Man - October 2016
This term our topic is 'Traditional Tales'. We have been busy learning our 'Gingerbread Man' story using Pie Corbett story mapping techniques. We have done lots of talking about the text and learnt our story by heart with actions. All children should be able to recite the story!
Here we enacted the story using puppets