As a school we have decided to end this year, in the same way it began: The Power of Reading. Listen to the story: Leaf, which Mrs Godbold will read to you via the school facebook page). Then try some of these activities linked to the book. There are more ideas here than you can fit into two days, but I’ve provided a selection across different subjects to for you to choose from!
Enjoy this wonderful story!
Questions to talk about while listening to the story:
– Why were the animals of the wild wood scared of the creature?
– Do you think they were right to be scared?
– Why did the polar bear collect the leaves?
– How can you tell that the polar bear is sad and lonely?
– Pause & study the page where all the animals discuss what they think about the creature. Why do they have different opinions? What do their responses tell you about each animal’s own feelings and personality? Are the animals being fair? If not, why not?
– Can you retell the story from the polar bear’s point of view? Think about how he would be feeling. You could act out the story pretending to be polar bear, write it in a diary form, draw it as a comic strip, write your own version or even make your own book.
– Imagine the crows were not brave enough to talk to Leaf but instead wrote him a letter. What do you think they would say? Can you write Leaf’s reply?
P4C: Should we always be fearful of strangers?
Art: Can you collect leaves and other natural objects from outside and use them to produce a piece of artwork? You could try looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration or look at the work inspired by rainforests and nature of Henri Matisse.
DT: Can you design a flying machine to take Polar Bear home?
– Research the causes and effects of the ice melting in the Arctic. Can anything be done to help?
– Find out how the brown bear evolved into the polar bear. How is the polar bear adapted to the arctic environment? A useful video clip can be found here.
Geography: Can you use an atlas or world map to locate the Arctic regions that would be the polar bear’s natural habitat. What are the natural features of these areas? What is the climate like? Can you compare these regions to hotter regions? How are they different? What is the meaning of the word desert? Does it always link to a hot place?
– Write some directions to help polar bear find his way home, including use of the eight compass points. Can you draw a map with co-ordinates to help him?
Can you have a go at the Polar bear dice puzzle? (See class web page for further details).
– Can you create some top trumps for the different animals that feature in the book- the numbers could be based on their speed or strength for example? You could then have a game with someone else using the cards you have created!
Well done for all of your hard work this year! You have been amazing!
We are nearly at the summer holidays!
I would love to see any work from these two days- you can email me this if you like.
Our topic this term: Take one picture
This half term in
Elm Class, we are going to go on a journey to experience what life was like in
World War 2, led by our ‘Take one picture’ topic, in which the children were
given a propaganda poster from the time, encouraging soldiers to join the army
in the war effort! We are going to become evacuees for the day and experience
what it was like for a child growing up during these difficult times and look
at the key events that happened during the war! We have also turned our reading
corner into an air raid shelter to make sure we are prepared!
In English, we are
going to be reading Goodnight Mr Tom, by Michelle Magorian, following the
journey of an evacuee and his new life in the countryside. The story takes us
from the declaration of war and shows us what struggles people faced during the
time. This fantastic book will lead our writing into creating diary entries,
letters and newspaper articles over the term!
Our Geography will
take us on adventure across the country, looking at diary entries from evacuees
at the time and comparing the cities and urban environments they were evacuated
from, to the rural locations they came to stay for safety. We will look at a
real- life diary entry of a young girl, who was evacuated from London and came
to stay near Mundford!
History will take
us along the timeline of the war from how the war began, to key events such as
the Blitz and D-day. As part of this fantastic topic, we will be taking a trip
to the Imperial War museum in London to find out even more about life during the
In Art, we will be
getting creative with our colour mixing skills and creating sunset silhouette
paintings, depicting the skyline of London during the Blitz and using our
sketching and shading skills to create portraits of soldiers, inspired by artist
L.S Lowry, a war artist.
In Maths, we will
also be using our money, measurement and arithmetic skills to understand food
rationing and rationed recipes from the war. In Science, we will be looking at
how light was used strategically to help defeat the enemy, including looking at
how blackouts were used and we will also be looking at properties of materials
and creating our own Anderson shelters!
It’s going to be a
great term, full of interesting learning. Elm Class: if you have any family
links to the war, please bring in a picture or a story; it would be great to
add these to a display!
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