In literacy we have been reading ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket. We used natural resources from the forest school area to create a picture of what we thought The Dark might look like then used it to write a character description which included adjectives, similes and apostrophes for possession. We also retold the story ‘The Dark’ using actions and story maps.
In Geography we have been learning about the Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere and the Arctic and Antarctic Circle. We used google earth to locate Svalbard, a group of islands in Norway where it is dark all of the time between the middle of November and the end of January. We created shoe box models of Svalbard with our significant males and then wrote travel brochure pages. Many of us have decided that we would like to go to Norway to see the Northern Lights!
In science we have been learning about light. We started the topic by creating a dark hut in the playground in order to help us understand that darkness is the absence of light. We have also tested different materials to see whether they are opaque, transparent or translucent and investigated whether all objects produce a shadow. Our results showed us that all of our objects did make a shadow but the shadow from transparent objects was lighter and the shadow from an opaque object was darker.
In maths we have been learning about place value and addition. We have used lots of practical resources including base 10 and place value counters and have made number lines in the hall and on the playground.
Finally, we have really enjoyed our weekly dance lessons with Laura this term where she has taught us a contemporary dance exploring light and dark. The independent choreography that the children have produced is impressive.