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What would it be like to be an explorer?

Our core text for this half term is ‘The Great Explorer’ by Chris Judge. We will also be reading ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge in our guided reading sessions. 
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In Geography we are learning to name the continents of the world. We used globes and atlases to help us identify each continent. We started to think about features of each continent and what types of animals might live there.
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We went to Primet academy with our friends from St Thomas’ as part of building bridges. We enjoyed meeting new friends, doing sports and learning things about other people. We will meet up with our friends from St Thomas’ throughout the year. 
We showed Our knowledge of the 4 seasons through art. We showed what the trees look like in each season and discussed the changes with an adult. We will use our beautiful artwork to make a calendar for our families. 
We enjoyed a day of storytelling with Mr Toad. We created explorer puppets and took them on an adventure through the 7 continents. We thought about which animals they might meet along the way and told the story of what happened. 
In DT we are going to design and make a sandwich for an explorer to take on a journey! We began by tasting lots of ingredients for our sandwich, we decided which we wanted to use and then designed our sandwiches. 
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We made our sandwiches, tasted them and evaluated them. We thought they were delicious!
In science, as part of our learning about materials, we designed an egg protector. We thought carefully about the materials we used to keep our egg safe. We tested our egg protectors and discussed the results, thinking about the properties of the materials we used.
We also investigated materials to see which would be the most suitable to make a coat for Tom. The coat had to keep Tom warm and dry. We discussed the properties of the materials and tested them to see which were waterproof.
In maths we enjoyed exploring money. We used coins to practically make amounts in different ways.
We had a visit from the scientist, Steven Lewis Neille.  We had to build a home for a mouse, thinking carefully about the materials we used.
We visited our friends at St Thomas' as part of the Building Bridges project. We learnt about the Christmas Story and visited the church with our friends.
We had a special visit from one of Santa's helpers!
We also enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas because he knew how hard we had worked this year!
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