With our Topic heading of "Staying Afloat!" is there any wonder we have been engaging in challenging and enjoyable activities which are both water and land based.
The start of the term has seen us designing, making and then testing our own model rafts. The summer paddling pool came in handy for this!
Then, working as a team, we had the challenge of building our own rafts on which we could sail across a lake at Hatfield Water Park. Some were more successful than others but we all grew in confidence and co-operated with each other regardless of whether we stayed afloat or not!
The theme of 'water' is also a focus for much of the art work this term. We have studied different artists and their portrayal of water, using descriptive writing to express our thoughts and preferences about different pieces studied.
Much of our work has enabled us to use the outdoor environment to promote our love of learning using cross-curricular themes.
In groups we have experienced a "Darwin Week" when we had to build shelters using what we could find in our wildlife area, considering how we could brave the elements as well as find a way of collecting and storing fresh water. We had to imagine we were Charles Darwin and searched for all kinds of living things, asking ourselves questions and then researching our answers.
With the onset of Winter we will be testing which food mixtures would be best for hungry birds and we have incubated our own chicks in the classroom!!