Our Study Themes

A Caring Christian Family Where We Grow Together
Let Your Light Shine ~ Matthew 5:16

Last term, our study theme was based around the book ‘What A Waste’.    This term our study theme will stems from the bookMaybe, a story about the endless potential in all of us’ by Kobi Yamada.   A long side this book we will using the following books to introduce the children to significant people who have made a difference to the world:

  • of thee I sing – A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama
  • Little People, Big Dream books

Otters

Last term, Otters have really enjoyed ways to look after our world.   The children have particularly focused on saving our oceans and keeping them clean and safe for the animals.   They followed the story of Duffy, a turtle who mistook plastic in the water for jellyfish and needed help to survive as it made her so ill.   They made their own sea creatures using natural resources and looked at how to reduce plastic in our world through different recycling projects.

Mrs Allen has planned a ‘WOW’ starter for Otters this topic which is top secret at the moment.    Watch this space!

Hedgehogs

Last half-term, Hedgehogs have let their light shine by showing amazing kindness and empathy when learning to care for and protect animals around the World.    They have learnt about why polar bears, orangutangs, turtles and other animals need our help.    Their favourite activities in school have included making art from recycled bottle tops, investigating how quickly ice can melt and writing reports about polar bears.    Their reports were amazing.   The hedgehogs' enthusiasm for this topic has been fantastic and Mrs Long has been thrilled by their commitment to continuing this learning at home too.   Early this week we saw so many wonderful pieces of home learning.    Well done Hedgehogs.

This term, Hedgehogs will be blasting off on an exciting learning adventure into outer space.    They will be learning about the historical significance of Neil Armstrong and other space explorers.    They will compare Neil Armstrong’s exploration to that of Christopher Columbus.    Activities will include investigating different navigation techniques, studying the different materials used by Columbus and Armstrong and designing and making their own explorer’s vehicles. 

Squirrels

Last term, Squirrels have been learning all about waste.   They have learnt all about where are rubbish goes and how plastic can affect our oceans.   As a class, they have done lots of work and activities linked to our topic theme - we have made our own landfill, understood what items we can recycle and created lots trash of art.      I’m sure you have seen their amazing art work on Facebook and the school’s website.

In the second half of the term, they have travelled into the ocean and learnt about how plastic can harm sea animals. The children learnt about the lifecycle of a plastic bottle and we discussed how a plastic bottle may end up in the sea.   The children created fact files about endangered sea creatures and we also designed a poster about the harmful effect of plastic pollution.    The children have loved learning how they can all help to save our planet.

Badgers

Last term, Badgers have loved learning about waste, and how we can use waste products to make the world a better place.  They looked at inspirational people like David Attenborough and Joseph Bazalgette, and made some small changes for our planet.   After some initial reluctance, Badgers have thoroughly enjoyed getting to the bottom of what happens to our poo.    We have been particularly impressed with their home learning this week.     

Badgers wrote some persuasive letters to me to try and get me to buy some recycling bins so we can recycle more things in school.      They tried to convince me by temping me with purple bins, and although I would love to buy some purple bins, I have persuaded them that we can just buy some stickers for the red bins we already have.      I have ordered some stickers and recycling bins for the classrooms, and you may have noticed that we have moved the red bins.    From January, we will be recycling all of our rubbish.    Each will have some recycling monitors who will be responsible for ensuring everyone in their class recycles their rubbish.     Badgers also insisted that we have a recycling bin in the office and staffroom.   

This term, they will be learning about Rosa Park, and answering the question "When is it okay to break the rules?"   We will also be looking at the Victorian Era and learning about inspirational people who made changes to the world.

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