For our theme this term we have been learning about rainforests and jungles. We have enjoyed making our own information books about Tigers, Toucans, Anacondas and other animals that live there. During our Outdoor Learning we visited Littlewood and compared our local environment to the rainforests. We built dens and composed music; all with things found in Littlewood!
We enjoyed identifying different trees by looking carefully at their leaves. Each time we go to Littlewood we are asked what has changed? What do you notice?
‘Last time there brown leaves on the trees, now there aren’t any.’
‘We loved looking up at the trees and the sky and listening to the different sounds.’
For art we experimented with different printing techniques. The techniques we used are shown in the picture above. For direct printing we chose objects around the classroom that we thought would create an interesting print. For positive/negative printing we cut leaf shapes out of paper to create a stencil. Working with paint, from light to dark, we overlapped each positive and negative print to build up the layers. For the polystyrene sheet printing we had to carefully draw our design in to the polystyrene. Once our design was finished we had to roller paint onto the sheet and press paper on top to transfer the design.
We learnt about a French artist called Henri Rousseau who was famous for his paintings of jungles. Did you know…? He never actually went to a jungle but used his observations from botanical gardens, zoos and illustrations from books to inspire his paintings. On the laptops we created a Rousseau style picture using NGAKids http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/jungle.htm. We then went on to create a collage of a jungle in the same style.
The week beginning 8th February we had Multicultural week. Each class celebrated a different country. In Badger class we learnt about India and made flower garlands. We saw some of the animals we had been learning about in our rainforest theme in the Indian rainforests! Multicultural Week was the same week as Chinese New Year so we learnt some Chinese dancing. We learnt the Monkey King dance; Rain dance, where we had to spin umbrellas and hide ourselves and Fan dance, where we hid our faces and balanced on one leg!
In Literacy we created our own version of the Sound Collector poem by Roger McGough. We collected lots of sounds from around the school to use in our poems. We also learnt to recite the Sound Collector in groups to perform to the rest of the class. Actions and sounds were added to create effect.
For the Big Write we read the start of The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton and from this we created our own faraway tree and magical land at the top of it. Lots of us liked the idea of having chocolate houses and lolly pops as plants!
On the 3rd of March we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as characters from our favourite books. There were costumes from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter and everything in between! Mrs Gray led a special assembly for World book day and we enjoyed listening to the story Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.
We also had a surprise visit from the Pets for Therapy Dogs, they were so friendly and eager to meet us all! In the assembly and classroom session we learnt about how to look after our pets, what to do when we meet new dogs and asked lots of questions about the dogs that came to visit us.
The week beginning 14th of March marked British science week. A nurse visited our class to show us some of the equipment they use at work. We learnt about the fat in different foods and how to keep healthy. We also made solar ovens out of shoe boxes, foil and cling film. The first time we tried to melt chocolate biscuits in them it didn’t work because there wasn’t enough sun!