Owls have spent the last two weeks focussing on discussion texts. We first looked at an example text which was a discussion as to whether there should be a theme park built near Gretton. We looked at the pro's and con's and discussed how a discussion text is a balanced piece of writing which outlines all of the arguments for and against something before coming to a conclusion.
Following on from that, we deabated whether zoos were 'paradise or prison' with some really good points being brought up by the children.
We have since been writing our own reports as to whether teachers should or shouldn't be replaced by computers. Thankfully, most children seem to think that we don't do too bad a job and on the balance of things should probably stay!!!
Owls had a really great first session at Forest School this week. They were learning basic orienteering skills using maps to find different things and figuring out the map key to decipher them. They all worked really well in small groups and it was a real pleasure watching them run around in the sunshine!
We have now finished our UK topographical maps and they look amazing!!!
Here are some photos of us making them.
Please do pop up and take a look at the finished results!
We have started to look at the Roald Dahl book 'Dirty Beasts' this week and the children have been coming up with their own characters with different animals and developing ideas for their personalities. As part of this, the children took on roles of different animals and the rest of the class had to guess what animal they were from their answer.
We have had some very unusual characters developed such as a tap dancing dragon, a monkey which is terrified of bananas and a vegetarian shark!
Last week in Owls, we focussed on our science topic; all about forces and friction. We conducted experiments to test the friction of different objects and surfaces and discovered that friction increases when an object has a large surface area, a rough surface and is heavy. The children even tested this with pulling the rug along the floor. When there was more surface area connected to the floor, it was harder to pull and when Mr Bridges stood on it making it heavier, it was harder still!!