What will we see on a journey through Africa?
This half term, we are learning to find and locate Africa on a map and we will explore the countries that make up this great continent. We will compare Farnborough to Accra, a Ghanaian city, and think about the similarities and differences between the two. We have an exciting trip planned to Marwell Zoo and we will use our experience to identify animals that can be found in Ghana's National Parks and we will learn why these animals are suited to their habitat. We will then design and make an African Safari vehicle and test whether it is suitable. We will also welcome an African Drumming group to Farnborough Grange and will have the opportunity to listen to, learn and perform African music and dance.
On Friday 15th February, we will have an African Day which families and friends are invited to. This will give the children the opportunity to share and celebrate their learning with you. There will be African music, food and artwork to share and we hope that you can join us.
Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our African Afternoon on Friday 15th February. We hope you enjoyed sharing our learning with us and seeing what we have been up to! What a wonderful learning enquiry!
On Friday 15th February, we took part in a 'Safari Run' as part of our African Day. We made African animal masks and wore mufti clothes to school. We then ran round the school to raise some money for our Animal Adoption scheme. Thank you to those of you who paid £1 for mufti.
We finished off our learning enquiry by taking part in some conservation learning. We learnt about the problems that different wild African animals face and we then made presentations to share with the rest of the class about our animals.
What stories do Christians follow to lead a better life?
In RE, we have been exploring different stories in the Bible and thinking about how these help Christians to lead better lives. On Thursday 14th February, we had two local community members visit us to share the story of the Good Samaritan. This really helped us to think about how we can be better friends and care more about each other - what an important story to share! We brought the story to life through role play and enjoyed exploring different versions of the Bible.
Painting our vehicles
We used our colour mixing skills to make different camouflaged colours that would be suitable to blend in with the African Savannah. The most popular colour choices were shades of dark green, brown and orange. How good do they look now!
African Safari Vehicles
In D&T, we have been exploring the question 'What does a safari vehicle look like?'. We learnt to draw and label different vehicles and we then designed and planned how to make our own safari vehicle. We had to use cutting, shaping and joining skills to make our vehicles and we learnt how to use hacksaws safely to cut our dowels. We were so proud of our finished products!
African Fruit Kebabs
We have enjoyed finding out where different fruits and vegetables come from and we have learnt the names of some fruits that are grown in Africa. We enjoyed tasting these, using adjectives to describe them, and we then followed instructions to make our own African fruit kebabs! We thought they were succulent, juicy and delicious. What a tasty snack!
On Monday 4th February, we welcomed Steven from the London African Drumming group into school as our partner in learning. He showed us different African instruments including djembes, adungus and talking drums.
We really enjoyed learning different drumming patterns and it was great fun joining in with the African songs and dances. We learnt that all of the drums are made from wood with animal skins such as cow, goat and lizard. We also learnt that 'Call and Response' is a traditional African style of song.
Have a look at the photos and the videos below. We will probably be singing the songs and chants at home for the next few days!
We had a brilliant trip at Marwell Zoo on Friday 25th January. We were so excited to see all of the different animals and we were lucky enough to see all of the animals really close up! Some of the African animals we saw included giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, meerkats and hippos.
We also enjoyed our workshop that helped us to learn more about how animals adapt to their habitats. We asked lots of questions such as "Is the snake at the end called a python?" and "Is that feather from an ostrich? They have really big wings.".
Have a look at our photos and see which animals you can spot!
How do we research to find out new facts?
We have been researching different African animals to become experts so that we can write our own fact files for our booklets on Africa. We used the computers to look at online sources, read fact files and learnt how to note take. We also drew and labelled our chosen animals and sorted facts into groups.
I wonder if we will find out anything new at Marwell Zoo! Look out for news of our trip!
How do I make a silhouette animal?
To finish off our African artwork, we made our silhouette animals using black card. We had to use cutting skills to cut out templates and observational skills to draw the shape of the animals. We cannot wait to show off our finished pieces at our African afternoon!
What colours do I need to make an African background?
We put our colour mixing skills to use to create our own African backgrounds. They all turned out so different - some children mainly chose to mix shades of red but other children mixed shades of yellow and orange to make a lighter background. We were very proud of our finished piece!
What happens when we mix the primary colours together?
In Art, we have been learning to identify the primary colours. We explored mixing the primary colours together to make secondary colours and we will use this skill to create our own African artwork.
Where is Africa located in our world?
We have been learning to find Africa on a map of the world. We started off by putting a map puzzle back together in teams and discovered that it was a map of Africa. We now know that Africa is a continent made up of lots of different countries.
Please look at the overview below for ideas on how to help your child at home.