Fantasy was our main theme this term and we enjoyed reading many traditional tales and learning about story structures and the characters as well as the message each tale gave us.
Our plan for our Spring Term Activity Week 2 began with a visit to Sundown Adventure Land which has lots of different, themed areas including 'Storybook Land' and child-size houses which brought these fairy tales to life! We were also learning about the Easter Story as this was the last week before school broke up for the end of term holidays. As we have also been discovering features of our own environment and the changes that happen throughout the seasons, we looked at the work of Environmental Artists and the meaning of 'transient art'.
Our Activity Week began with a trip to Sundown Adventure Land on a beautiful Spring Monday morning...
We explored the park before settling for some lunch in the lovely sunshine. Then we set off on our adventures again, visiting the 'Wild West' and a full size Pirate Ship! We all visited the gift shop in small groups before boarding our coach ready to come home.
A brilliant day!
As well as writing recounts about our marvellous trip to Sundown, we looked at the brochures to see the different areas we visited, the route we took on the IWB map, the different vehicles we saw and we even produced some data!
The children learnt about the Easter Story and did some art work including stained glass windows and tracing round hands to make a 'Palm Sunday Cross'. We also looked at Easter traditions and enjoyed sampling Hot Cross Buns once we had learnt their origin.
Using some eggs, we thought of number problems and found the answers using our 'eggs'. One set was in a carton that looked like a ten frame. We were then able to help Mrs Dodge write the number sentence on the board then transfer what they had learnt by recording a maths problem into their own books.
The Caterpillars were joined by our friends from Little Ducklings for an Easter Egg Hunt. We had fun looking inside and outside for our 'eggs' and helping each other. When it was time for our friends to leave, we gave them a real, chocolate egg each!
Caterpillars looked at the ingredients we needed and helped to weigh it out and counted the cake cases as we put them into trays. We took turns to help mix the ingredients before spooning it into the cases and decorating each one. After leaving them to set, we shared them out with the rest of the class to take home.
Butterflies and Dragonflies were shown how to weigh the ingredients to make a salt dough and were then left in groups to follow the instructions and make their own. They were then able to show Caterpillars how to roll out a piece of dough and make it into an egg shape with a small hole for threading. These were left to dry in a low oven so they could be decorated the next day.
Caterpillars practiced threading with their own Easter baskets. All the children were shown different types of cards they could make - some with moving parts. They chose which one to make and wrote their own insert to wish someone a 'Happy Easter'!
The children all looked at some Andy Goldsworthy art in the environment on the IWB. They then considered what was meant by the words 'sculpture', 'environmental' and 'transient'. In small groups, the children went off to collect some natural objects before coming back into class to talk about and plan their own 'transient art' or 'environmental sculpture'. With their ideas, they then went outside again to produce their artwork and take photos of it before it was left to the elements.
Intent - For the children to experience the traditional stories we have read in a unique setting during a class visit to a theme park. To remember key features of the trip. For the children to use a themed approach to help with number problems. To use maths in exciting ways to solve problems and to follow instructions in the correct order. To explore our outside area and work collaboratively.
Implementation - The trip enabled the children to explore different areas of adventure and fantasy in a safe environment. They would use these experiences to help formulate their own recounts and create some maths data. The Easter theme ran through most of the week with our friends from Little Ducklings Pre-School joining the Caterpillars (F2 children) in an Easter Egg hunt. Eggs in a box of 10 or a clutch of 6 were also the theme to enable the Caterpillars to 'see' real-life maths problems. The children were able to choose from a selection of various activities and listen and watch carefully in order to follow instructions accurately. Working together in small, mixed-age groups, the children would listen, discuss and plan their own sculptures.
Impact - The children were all able to talk about, listen to others and record their visit by writing a recount of the trip or their favourite part of the day. The Butterflies and Dragonflies (KS1 children) were also able to create some data from the day. The Caterpillars took charge of the Easter Egg hunt and helped our friends from Little Ducklings in their search for 'eggs' with their friendly encouragement and support. The Caterpillars also had some eggs to help them record maths problems using the correct numerals and maths signs for subtraction number sentences. The children were able to follow instructions in order to complete various crafts which involved different skills. Weighing and manipulating materials to make salt dough or chocolate Easter nests. Threading, cutting and constructing for Easter crafts as well as writing greetings and decorating egg charms. Understanding how nature and the environment can provide materials to help create unique yet transient group sculptures which the children could then photograph as a lasting record.