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Outdoor Elements Trip

We had an amazingly wet and wonderful time at Outdoor Elements in Simonstone! We took part in lots of activities including team-building, problem solving and shelter construction. We even toasted our very own bread on an open fire and practised using flint and steel to create sparks. The activities helped us to imagine what it would be like to be an explorer and appreciate the importance of teamwork. We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Outdoor Elements that helped to create a valuable and memorable experience for all of us!


Our topic this half-term is Explorers. As an introduction to the topic, we read poetry about different places that people could explore. We used our reading to help us write our own versions. We created music to represent the different places in our shared poem and performed it using the green screen to make a video. Click the link below if you would like to watch it. We hope you like it!

Class 8’s Explorer Poem

Our key text for our story writing unit is The Great Explorer by Chris Judge. We have enjoyed reading some of his other books, particularly the different adventures of The Lonely Beast. The link to Chris Judge’s website is below:

Chris Judge Website

We wrote setting descriptions, thinking about what an explorer might see in the Arctic. To increase our vocabulary and make our writing more engaging, we used an online thesaurus to find synonyms before selecting our favourite words to include in our descriptions. 
We used the plot of our key text to help us write our own versions of the story. Can you retell the story using our story map (see photographs below)?


In maths, we have been learning about repeated addition, multiplication, statistics, fractions, money and volume and capacity. To help us with multiplication, we made arrays and interpreted them as number sentences using the multiplication symbol. In statistics, we have looked at how information can be represented and interpreted using tables, block graphs, pictograms and tally charts. In factions, we have consolidated our understanding of 1/2 and 1/4. In money, we have made a value in different ways using coins and added coins to make a total. In capacity and volume, we have measured using milliliters and practised reading different scales on measuring cylinders. 


Our topic in science this half-term is ‘materials.’ We have have thought about what we remember from Year 1 by selecting objects in the classroom and discussing their materials, properties and their uses. Follow the link below to watch our ChatterPix videos that we made to show what we already know about materials:

We have learnt new scientific words to describe the properties of materials. We have thought about the suitability of materials and why they are used for certain objects. We have also thought of some silly suggestions for uses of materials.

Steven Lewis Neil came to help us with our learning. He challenged us to create a suitable home for his mice. We tested materials to see which were the most absorbent and changed the shape of paper to build structures for the mice to climb. It was fun to test our constructions and watch the mice as they explored their new homes!


In history this half-term, we are learning about Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his expedition to the South Pole. We began by looking at a photograph of him and his team at the South Pole and saying what we know about it by looking for evidence. Then we asked questions to help us find out more about him. After that, we researched what happened to him in Antarctica by reading a non-fiction text and answering questions. 
How much do you know about Captain Robert Scott?


In geography, we are learning about the continents and oceans of the world. We have used atlases and globes to name and locate them, and to help us remember them, we have learnt these songs (follow the links below).

Continents Song

Oceans Song

We have researched the different continents to find out more about them.


Our artist this half-term is Ted Harrison. He was an English-Canadian artist who painted lots of landscapes of the Yukon in the Arctic. We looked at the lines that he used to create the features in his paintings and practised drawing our own versions of his artwork before adding colour. 
Here is the link to Ted Harrison’s website:

Ted Harrison

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