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Autumn 1 - get out of my swamp!

This half term we have been learning about fairytale locations in comparison to our local area. 


We began by exploring different kind of maps and how they are used to help us navigate out way from one place to another. To help us understand how to use maps, we went on an exciting walk to our local supermarket. This helped us see what buildings, places and people made our local area special to us. We then look at what made fairytales special which was castles.  Next, we explored the different features of castles throughout history and all over the world. As a result, we used a variety of different materials to build our own castles which we then labelled the key features. 



We have read lots of fairy tales and talked about all the different characters that we have come across. This helped us create our very own fairy tale character and then we used lots of adjectives to describe the way our character looks and what they are like.
We were then lucky enough to study the artist Andy Goldsworthy during our art lessons. He used natural materials to create sculptures and beautiful leaf and spiral art. It was so much fun to use items in our playground and on the field to make our own nature art. We particularly enjoyed making a spiral out of the leaves we managed to find. 
Then it was time to cook! We designed and made our very own gingerbread men. We learnt about all the ingredients needed and used lots of different cooking equipment, skills and utensils to make the yummy gingerbread. We mixed, stirred, rolled and kneaded the dough. Decorated and then enjoyed eating our tasty creations.

Baking in Bats

We read the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and from this we were able to create our own musical composition to explore the way the goats trotted across the bridge and what this might sound like. We found that the bigger the goat, the louder the sound was. We also had a PE lesson where we used our bodies, different movements and different ways of travelling to show how each of the different goats and the troll would move.

In science we had two problems to solve for Shrek and Donkey!

Shrek was getting fed up of always getting wet in the rain and muddy in his swamp so we explored different types of material to see what was waterproof and what was not. From this, we then designed a waterproof coat for Shrek to make sure that he stayed cosy and dry in the wet months coming up! He even wrote us a letter to say thank you.

Then Mrs Green got a phone call from Donkey who needed our help too! He was getting woken up by the sun in the morning because he didn't have an opaque curtains. We grabbed our torches and material and had great fun trying to find the transparent objects and the opaque objects. We then designed a pair of curtains (using opaque material) so hopefully the sun won't wake him up anymore!