Tigers of India
In science, the chuildren have been learning about living things and their habitats. They researched mammals, including the tiger, and wrote reports explaining their life cycles. The children learned about the reasons why tigers are now an endangered species and imagined how they could help to protect Bengal tigers by creating their own charitable organisation and producing leaflets and posters. The children have also been writing creatively on the theme of tigers, inspired by Neil Gaiman's quirky fictional story, 'Cinnamon'.
Orienteering Day was a great success.
The children looked at a variety of maps and decided which were the most important features. They then created their own maps including features such as a key, title, scale and co-ordinates. The children learned about grid references on Ordnance Survey maps.
Then, they practised their skills on the village green, working brilliantly in teams to complete an orienteering course.
Maid in China
Tangram puzzles originated in China. The children had a puzzling time trying to fit all the pieces into a specific outline. They also had to complete 2D mathematical shape challenges.
The children looked at traditional Chinese art and were inspired to design their own dragons. They used water colours to paint onto silky fabric, blending colours beautifully.
Chinese New Year was celebrated by cooking up a vegetarian Chinese stir fry. The children enjoyed tasting bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and beansprouts.
In class we read the Chinese version of the Cinderella story and compared it with the one we know. The children had a lot of fun working together as a team to put on a play. They also wrote their own playscripts.
In history, the children found out about early writing in China during the Shang dynasty. The earliest surviving Chinese script appears on animal bones. They were used for telling fortunes.The children composed messages using Shang characters and then painted them carefully onto their oracle bones.
Some children visited The Amex to take part in a day of exciting maths activities. They also had a tour of the stadium.
Skateboarding School – Very Cool
Being able to prepare your own food is essential for survival. We started the term with a visit from Chartwells and the children excitedly made their own pizzas.
The children learned about the geography of the polar regions and about Scott's historic expedition to the South Pole. They enjoyed reading several rich texts about Shackleton's expedition to walk across Antarctica.
Inspired by their learning, the children have written historical narratives set in Antarctica. Here is Teia's account of the sinking of Shackleton's ship, Endurance.
Endurance was crushed to smithereens. Suddenly, she tipped to one side. The cold black water seeped through cracks made by giant fingers of ice. She groaned. Then, finally, she upended. Sadly, the Endurance was dropped into dark murky nothingness. The men watched in horror as their only protection disappeared forever.
Looking after clothes and equipment is essential in a hostile environment. Imagine that you are on a polar expedition and you get a hole in your sock – you will need to repair it quickly to avoid frostbite. The children learned to darn socks as part of their survival training.
All of the children took part in this year's ROAR project. They had to work in a small group and come up with an idea that could change the world. They then had to make a poster and a model explaining their idea, invent a company name and write a catchy slogan and jingle for their product. The designs were amazing! Alan Sugar would have given them all a job!
In a bid to spread Christmas cheer among the local community, The Badger Class Choir visited two residential homes: Brooklands and Temple Grove. The children sang Christmas carols beautifully and enjoyed a friendly chat with the residents afterwards. A good time was had by all.
All About Me
Local artist, Juliet Murray, showed us how to use chalk pastels to create landscapes.
We really enjoyed our art adventure to the Ashdown Forest.
In science, we are learning about SPACE!
The children had fun making their own model solar systems.
The children drew around their shadows at different times of the day. The children learned that our shadow changes because of the rotation of the Earth on its axis.
In P.E, we played football and learned to communicate with our team and pass.
On Restart a Heart Day, the children learned how to perform CPR if someone is unresponsive and not breathing. They also learned how to put someone into the recovery position.