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Kingfishers have had a very exciting week! We started the week off by visiting the Cotswold Safari Park. It was a lovely sunny day and the children enjoyed seeing the African animals we have spoken about in our topic. The children learnt that giraffes tongues can be purple and blue! 

Later in the week the children learnt more about traditional Kenyan culture. They played shisima, a traditional Kenyan game, which is similiar to noughts and crosses. The children started to develop strategies by blocking each others counters. The children looked at images of traditional Kenyan jewelry and made their own using bright repeating patterns. 

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Owls put their new found knowledge of angles to good use at Forest School this week. They used sticks to create numbers 0 - 10 and were asked to count the number of acute, obtuse and right angles. The children thought of some really creative ways to record their results-we had tally charts, painting mud on the grass and mud 'writing.' Some of the children were able to spot the parallel and perpendicular lines as well as reflex angles!

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Some chidren were delighted to find so many mini-beasts and loved sharing their new 'friends' with the rest of the class!

Kingfishers have been learning about the differences between a continent, country and an island this week. We have been looking at the globe and talking about the Equator and how the proximity to the equator affects the climate. The children loved re-enacting the Earth moving around the sun and realised how this gives us night and day and affects the climate too. The children all packed a suitcase of clothes suitable for a hot climate and we all shared our holiday locations this Summer. We speculated what the weather might be like after locating each destination on our globe!

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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!!!

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