In July 2014, we had a two week transition period, where we started our learning in our new class. We began working on our new project, 'The Amazon: River v Rainforest', by researching the different animals that are found there, identifying key questions that we would like to know the answers to, and thinking about the 'WOW' event that we would like to have at the end of the project.
We have also started reading our new class book, 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. We have been studying the characters and their motivation by referring to the text and finding clear evidence. We enjoyed analysing Miss Minton, summarising her charactistics based on the reading we have done so far, and making predictions about the characters that we are yet to meet. This book has many beautiful descriptions about the setting, and provides us with opportunities to extend our love of reading into the wider curriculum.
Below are some photographs of the work we carried out during the transition fortnight.
In small groups, the children were given information about the different layers of a typical rainforest. They were then challenged to recreate a segment of rainforest, taking this information into account. Each group was given a designated section of the class room, which they had to measure and fill with their design. They were told that they must work as a team, ensuring that each member had a specific role, and that nobody was left with nothing to do. They were also asked to label each layer to show that they understood which creatures or plants might live there, and why.
What do you think of the finished rainforests?