We began this project by having a real life Arctic explorer come in to visit us. He spoke about the perilous situations he had been in, and survived. We were able to explore some of the belongings he packed in his bag. The bag (which was a rather large rucksack) was surprisingly heavy considering all objects inside were extremely light. We all had the opportunity to feel the weight and some of us tried to lift it (using appropriate lifting techniques of course and under the watchful eye of Mr Hall - The Explorer). The tent you see below is an emergency tent in case of relatively short to medium snow storms. After this visit, many of us were inspired to visit new places.
Kicking off this year, the children are learning about the experiences of people from Norfolk and Suffolk in World War 2. They enquired about how they might feel if they were asked to leave home abruptly, and without knowing where they were going to end up.
We continued by visiting the Poppy Line from Sheringham to Holt, and the children were evacuated. They were treated as children from the 1940s would have been, and didn’t like being shouted at for forgetting their gas masks!
As we forge ahead, the children will be using this experience to generate a letter, written in character, as an evacuee. We expect it will be full of fascinating details, which reflect the children’s learning.
This is an example of a cold task - letter writing.
After learning a model letter (Talk4Writing style) and boxing up the text...
... We completed our hot task for letter writing. As you can see we made excellent progress from our cold task. Our targets were met and we included awesome vocabulary and punctuation!
During our family café, we put our Design and Technology skills to good use when we create our very own Anderson Bomb Shelters.
We collaborated with our grown-ups to edit and adapt our original design to make sure it would withstand the bombing (tennis balls).
Here are our shelters...
We used our creative skills to design a game for the Year 4 children. Our aim was to teach them how to round whole numbers. Whilst creating the game, we consolidated our own knowledge as we had to think very carefully about the types of questions we could ask and what the answer was.
The feedback from the Year 4 children was brilliant....
"I learnt a lot from this game," Shyla-Blu - Finches
" The Year 6s did a fantastic job in helping me understand how to round to nearest 100 and 1000. The game was fun too," Charlie - Finches
The children have all received a home learning pack; including stationary and tasks which must be completed. The children are to complete one task a week, which is due in each Thursday, and should be completed to a high standard in their home learning books.