A fairly short blog this week – a week when we said goodbye to Reuben who has transferred to a school closer to home. We wish him all the best and hope to see him around Retford.
Our attendance was a very pleasing 98.6% and we earned 8 handshakes. Several children were awarded Superstar certificates in assembly on Friday for things such as improved handwriting, fabulous non chronological report writing and a willingness to share prior knowledge. Keep up the good work children!
We can report that our 5 potato plants are all peeping out of the soil now and so it is time to cover them over with new compost. This will hopefully encourage side shoots and new potatoes to grow. Alex and Emily are our current watering team, taking 2 jugs full of water every afternoon break, each.
Having learnt a thing or two about the ancient Maya from central America, we have moved on to learning about rainforests. The children have looked at Google Earth to see how the terrain in a rainforest compares to our landscape and now have a better understanding of where the daily rainfall in areas like the Amazon ends up. They have already learnt about the 4 layers within the forests and have an understanding of ‘what makes a rainforest a rainforest’.
In general, it has been fascinating to see which children have an affinity with maps and atlases and also to witness their enthusiasm in sharing their knowledge with their classmates.
The homework project is based on rainforests and can be interpreted in any way the children wish. Models can be made, plants can be grown, paintings painted, presentations assembled….really there is no limit to the type of project that can be undertaken!
If we can have them all in by the date on the homework letter that was given out last Friday, we will be able to present our work to each other and photograph it all for the blog.