You may find lots of Robins and Chaffinches on a woodland walk! Exploring the beautiful woodland that we are so fortunate to have in our school grounds, was just one of the many activities that the children carried out on our Wow Day. Drama, dance, making edible nests and creating animals from natural resources, were just a few of the many activities that we squeezed into one day. We ended the busy day by starting to read our class book, ‘The Enchanted Wood’.
What a great first half term Chaffinches have had. From making our own ice lollies to drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, Chaffinches have had a fun-filled and busy start to the year. We launched our topic ‘Fire and Ice’ with an amazing Wow day where we made beautiful snowflakes, caused volcanoes to erupt, used a variety of media to make giant flames and played ‘ice’ hockey too.
Chaffinches have settled in very well to their new class and routines and are already making great progress, both in their work and with their independence.
In our English lessons, we began by looking at explorers of the Arctic, reading a book entitled ‘The Great Explorer’ by Chris Judge. We researched animals of the Arctic and wrote an information text about polar bears. We then moved half way around the world to learn about Antarctica, and the animals that can be found there. Another book we enjoyed reading is ‘The penguin who wanted to find out’: this inspired us to write our own adventure about Otto the penguin. We have been dancing like penguins and singing a song about Rocking at the North Pole.
We have been learning how to find the Arctic and the Antarctic, using globes, maps and atlases. Chaffinches were lucky enough to speak to a Research Scientist who is currently stationed in Antarctica: the children thought of some fantastic questions to ask her and were enthralled by her answers.
What a fantastic start to the new academic year. Well done Chaffinches!!
The children from Chaffinches went out into the forest to gather natural resources to create their own artwork of rainforest animals. They created snakes, a sloth, a toucan, a butterfly and a jaguar, using twigs, branches, leaves and stones
. Take a look at our creations.
Chaffinches have had a fantastic week learning about Climate Change. They now realise the importance of recycling, re-using and not wasting things, and how this can make a difference to our planet. We made a video to highlight what we’ve learned and how we can help!
What a fantastic time Robins and Chaffinches had at Woodside Wildlife Park. We were able to see some amazing animals, some of which are usually found in the rainforest. Children were able to see birds of prey, a tiger (rescued from a circus), bats, meerkats, lemurs and a sloth (Sid). As you can see from the photos, children had the chance to handle or stroke some of the reptiles and they loved it! We learned a lot about these amazing animals and about the habitats that they usually live in and the food they eat.