This term our topic is BLUE PLANET. We will be learning about our wonderful oceans, the wildlife they contain and the habitats of these creatures. We will learn about the historic tragedy of the Titanic, design an aquarium, make our own coral reef mural and lots, lots more!
Here is the topic web for our learning this term. Scroll down to see some images of our learning activities:
Our homework grid this term is based around our Blue Planet Topic. One of the class made a spectacular light up Coral reef!
We have spent time learning about the Titanic tragedy and the children have very much enjoyed discovering things about the people who were on board and debating who was at fault.
Our classroom display includes some letters which the children wrote as if they were people who had been on board and survived the sinking.
We did a science investigation, experimenting with "icebergs" in fresh and salt water. It was interesting to see how the ice reacted when it was first submerged. We listened to the cracking sounds and watched as cracks appeared. We looked at how buoyant the icebergs were in both types of water and how much of the ice was visible above the water line. It helped us to understand why it might have been more difficult for Captain Smith to see such a big iceberg (especially at night).
In science we have been learning about how plants reproduce and we dissected some flowers to see if we could locate some of the different parts of their reproductive systems. It was really interesting to see the components and we were able to look up close using magnifying glasses and a microscope.
Geographical coastal features:
We have been learning about the coast of the united Kingdom its geographical features. As part of our learning we modelled some of the typical features that might be formed on our coastlines using clay. These were caves, stacks, stumps and arches.
In literacy we have been learning about poetry and the children wrote some amazing poems about a stormy sea. Here are just a few of them.
In Art this term we have been studying David Hockney and his series of pool paintings. We concentrated on exploring ways of painting water and showing reflections and ripples. We used different media such as wax crayons, paint and oil pastels to achieve this. The children then added swimmers to their paintings.
Football Tournament Success
The girls from Otter class were invited to take part in a football tournament run by Ignite Sport at Oxford City. They were an absolute credit to the school. They went along with such a positive attitude and played with a great sense of fair play. Not only did they do this but they won the whole tournament! Every member of the team played a really valuable role and they all supported each other along the way. Well done to them all!
Here are some photographs of the team playing and celebrating their victory.