Wild and Wonderful

Key Stage 1 / Year B - Summer

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child with millipede To inspire this term's topic, Wild and Wonderful, Zoolab visited our school. They bought with them, a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, Giant African Land Snail, an African Millipede and a Corn Snake. Most of the children were brave enough to touch the animals and all were fascinated by them! They found out where they come from, how they move, how long they live and what group of animals they belong to. The children were now able to use this experience in their topic work.
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food chain art The children have been looking at food chains. They used art to show what they had learnt - seaweed eats plancton, seaweed floats in the sea, fish eat the seaweed and sharks eat the fish! Children thought about what they had learnt and then went on to apply their knowledge and think of other food chains. They then drew diagrams like the one below. We have also been looking at classifying animals by what they eat and have learnt the difference between herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. We have also looked at the difference between living, non- living and objects that have never lived.
sorting animals by food groups living objects diagram
The children made beautiful insects out of paper mache; the colours looked amazing! The children thought carefully about the numbers of legs and wings each insect had and were careful to make a true representation.
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Children used technology to explain the life cycle of the butterfly. iPads were great for using 'stop go' animation.The children enjoyed the task but found it difficult to move the caterpillar just a very small amount ready for the next photograph. Over a hundred photographs were taken and It was amazing to see all the photographs joined together to make this short animation film.
The children were inspired to have a try at making an animation film at home. They came up with some amazing ideas such as; making it look like their cuddly toy was moving, building a tower of lego and then it coming down again and making it look like the hands of a toy clock were going round.

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We found facts about animals from our non-fiction books. We then wrote fact files about what we had learnt. Did you know that a centipede's body is made up of sections and each section has two sets of legs?
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During literacy, children have been practicing their story writing, making sure that there is an exciting beginning, an interesting middle and a well thought out conclusion. When they were happy with their stories the children took great pride in reading them to the Early Years Foundation Stage children.
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Making a collage the children expressed what they had learnt about the creation story. The first collage shows the fifth day when God created all the creatures that live in the ocean and rivers, the second shows how God made hills and mountains and plants of many shapes and colours. collage collage
  Writing fact files about dinosaurs was fun. The chidlren enjoyed finding out about what they ate, where they lived and how big they were. They also learnt what extinct means and what it takes to be alive.
  Dinosaur fact file what it takes to be alvie
In maths the children have been reinforcing their weighing and measuring skills. measuring weighing