“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring Term 2021
Cross Curricular Africa Week
What a wonderful Spring Term we have had! In the first half term, in Geography, we learnt all about Africa focusing on the country South Africa. This inspired our reading in English, led us to African drumming in Music, making Safari Jeeps in DT and exploring African patterns in Art lessons. We even had a visit from an animal expert who taught us all about lots of different types animals, including some African ones! The children then designed and made their own African-style jeep, wrote about Africa and learnt some African songs and drumming. At the end of the week they invited family and friends to come and see what they had been getting up to, by joining them in the school hall for their African Exhibit. It was great to see the children showing their visitors round and telling about their learning.
Year 2 also had a visit from Wild Science for an animal encounter. The visit was an enrichment activity to support and extend the children’s learning in both science (Animals, including us) and Geography (Africa). The children really enjoyed the visit and leant lots.
The children enjoyed a cold, but bright and sunny afternoon in the Forest School area. They carried out nature surveys and practised their maths data handling skills by making tally charts (using sticks) to show how many they had found. Even with all the noise and activity going on, one group still managed to spot six birds!
In the second half term, we have focused on ‘What’s growing in the garden?’ in Science. We have been growing our own bean plants (and exploring what they need to be healthy), we have planted our own lettuce plants in the Eco Garden and have our very own butterflies growing in class!