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Spring Term

Existing, Endangered, Extinct

 

This term we are learning about species, their habitats and features, classification and animal protection. We have found out about vertebrates, invertebrates and how scientists have sorted all these creatures so we can better understand them. 

 

As part of Animal week we have been writing about creatures, finding out about adaptation and We had the privilege of having Kingston Exotics visit us on the 25th January. The expert was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about each reptile.

When learning about endangered species, we were very happy to welcome Maisey's family with their chinchilla! It was great to learn about it's needs and how it has adapted to it's natural habitat. Thank you for letting us have a cuddle of that super soft fur! 

Chinchilla visit

Chinchilla visit 1
Chinchilla visit 2
Chinchilla visit 3
Chinchilla visit 4

Vet Visit

 

We have enjoyed a visit from Castle Vets, who helped us learn about what it takes to work in a veterinary practice and what animals can be treated. We completed a quiz, learnt how to assess an animal from head to tail (with some very lovely animals!) and diagnosed ailments by analysing x-rays. We also learnt about protecting species, and the work of CITES. A great learning experience. Thank you Mr and Mrs Bartels. 

Vets and veterinary nurses in training!

To finish our topic on animals and species, we are taking part in the RSPB Big School Bird Watch. This is where we record for 1 hour the birds that we see around our school site. To make sure that we have plenty to see we have made a range of bird feeders to place around the grounds. We hope the birds are hungry! 

Writing

In our English we have been writing discussion texts around endangered animals, animal protection issues and zoos. We have learnt how to link our ideas together across paragraphs and plan our work so it is organised and easy to follow. We have worked hard to add a range of conjunctions and were really pleased with our end results. 

 

Now...

we are writing narratives. We are focusing on writing an atmospheric scene using a range of writing tools. These include personification, similes, matching weather to feelings and expanded noun phrases. To help us with this we were very excited to have a visit from Angie Sage, author of the Septimus Heap series, Todd Hunter Moon books and much more. She shared what inspires her, how she begins the process of writing a new story and more details about her worlds and characters. The children were able to ask a wide range of questions and even get some copies of her books signed! 

 

We really enjoyed meeting her and look forward to the next book!

 

Meeting Angie Sage

Values day on trust ~ some children made crosses for use in collective worship

“By working together in an exciting, creative and supportive Christian environment we will challenge and inspire every child to become highly literate, numerate, sociable and healthy, with a thirst for continued learning and a belief in their ability to become significant citizens”

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