When World Book Day fell in Fairtrade Fortnight, we had to find a way of linking the two. The answer was a book about bananas. The book itself was great fun with lots to spot on each page but then we took the book further and worked on some banana art.
If you look on the internet, banana art is drawn onto whole bananas but that seemed a bit wasteful so we ate them first and just used the skins. We thought better of sending them home so made them into an art installation worthy of the Tate(?).
Monkeys and bananas go naturally together so we used palm printing to make some monkeys – we added features the next day once the paint was dry. Now we have a class full of monkeys.
On a less exotic note, we carried on with gardening and helping wildlife this term, despite the weather. We sowed our sweet peas in tubes but first we had to learn to measure the right amount of water to make the compost. Great fun but somewhat messy. The raspberries needed pruning and then the whole fruit border needed a mulch to stop the weeds growing. The greenhouse was still full of the remains of our cucumber crop and that took some sorting out! The bird feeders needed topping up too. Lots to talk about and a chance to learn about responsibilities too.
We are really grateful for the volunteers who make all this possible but we are always looking for more – training is provided!