We walked through the ‘mysterious forests’ of East Hunsbury this morning!
We stopped and listened to the sounds of the birds and bugs. We explored what was on the forest floor and looked up into the canopy. We saw the sunlight peeping through the trees and making patterns on the floor.
Children, can you write the next lines for a poem using the pictures below to help and the list poetry patterns we have been looking at in class?
Deep in the mysterious forest
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
In literacy we have been exploring the setting of the rainforest, and the problems that rainforests are facing, using drama and writing inspired by the story of The Great Kapok Tree.
Following on from a drama activity, the children wrote complex sentences to describe the rainforest setting. This involved starting a sentence with a “where” phrase and using a comma to split this phrase up from the rest of the sentence. Harry wrote,
” In the cool rainforest, a slippery vine was swaying”
We then used drama to explore what the animal characters and tree might have been thinking when the man made the first gash in the tree trunk.
Can you tell who was being the tree and who was being the snake?
On each page of the story there is an important message from an animal who lives near the kapok tree. They whisper their message in the sleeping man’s ear.
So far we have heard from the snake, the bee and the monkey as to why the tree should not be cut down.
Children, can you remember the animal’s messages? Why is it important to save the tree?
Here is an update on our work in year 2 on The Enchanted Kingdom.
After the exciting news that our realm was ‘Mysterious Forests’ we began to think about what we already knew about forests and what might be special about forests in Africa.
We discovered that near the equator in Africa there are forests named rain forests, homes to mysterious plants and creatures- some discovered, some yet to be discovered! We worked in groups to decide what we would like to know about this kingdom far away.
Each group used the search engines on the Internet to research different aspects of the rainforest. This included locating the countries where the rainforest is found, what the weather is like and how it affects what grows in the forest and the wonderful creatures that live in the different parts of the forest.
We have also discovered that rain forests are described as having four different layers . Children, see if you can remember what each layer is called and the type of creatures that live in each layer.
We enjoyed recreating the forest floor using materials found in our own school forest!
This morning we have been immersed in all things French!
Cyrille, our visitor from France, spoke to us only in French! He used actions, pictures and puppets to help us understand what he was saying. He brought to life a story of a cat owned by a little girl called Mathilde and we learned what the cat didn’t and did like doing.
We thanked Cyrille with a big ” merci beaucoup” and “au revoir”
Then we visited the French cafe for petit dejeuner.
On the menu were croissants, jus d’ orange, and du pain. We tried hard to order in French and remember to say merci and s’il vous plait to the year 6 waiters and waitresses.
This week all the children have attended two African workshops led by Year 5. This has included learning Swahili and Afican story telling.
Year 5 were excellent teachers.
Children which workshop did you enjoy and why?
What did you learn?