As part of our PSHCE learning about the community, we had a visit from the Guide Dogs Association. We learnt all about why people might need a guide dog, the training that goes into providing a guide dog, how the dogs are raised and cared for and how the charity supports visually impaired people. We had the opportunity to ask any questions and to try a range of sensory experiences related to being visually impaired such as reading a braille version of the Radio Times, identifying coins through touch and smell and wearing glasses that restricted our vision in different ways, similar to that of the different types of visual impairments that can affect people. We were then incredibly lucky to have a visit from one of the dogs in training- who was very happy to receive our cuddles and strokes!
Our focus in PE this term is Volleyball, a game which many of us were unfamiliar with. We are still developing our techniques and have been learning 'the ready position' to enable us to move quickly and effective throwing and catching skills, including throwing and catching above our heads.
Jupiter class took on the role of Greek police detectives as part of Groovy Greeks Stunning Start. An Athenian hoplite, Agathon, was found murdered outside the Greek baths in Olympia, hours after winning the hoplite race at the Olympics!
We analysed a range of sources and evidence such as witness statements, photographs, interviews with suspects and letters to decide who Agathon's murderer was! It wasn't easy! We had to be highly critical of the sources, considering their origins and context. We also had to learn how to evaluate the accuracy and bias of sources, to make links between different sources to form a complete picture and to ask questions and engage in discussions with our team members. It was fantastic!
As a part of our Stunning Start, Jupiter class looked at Greek plates and pottery to examine what we could find out about the past using these objects. When we looked closer at the pictures and designs, we noticed they depicted some famous Greek myths and beliefs. We also saw that each design had an intricate pattern to frame the plate. Then we designed our own plates using inspiration from Greek stories we researched online and by mimicking the patterns, colours and styles we saw to make our plates authentic.
On Monday 18th September we had a fantastic trip to Marwell Zoo. We spent time looking at the animals with particular focus on the array of African animals such as giraffes, zebra, a hippopotamus, lemurs and wildebeest. We then had a workshop, learning about how different animals have adapted to their habitats and evolved over time. Finally we took part in a lemur evolution activity to help us understand how different species of lemur are adapted and how evolution and the environment has impacted on lemurs over millions of years. We had a wonderful day!
In dance we have been dancing our way through Africa! We started off by using our bodies to create a map of each African country. We had to consider the size and location of each country and use our bodies to make different shapes and levels. We are now working on a dance about an Algerian wedding, starting with a camel ride through the desert, then through the mountains and rivers and ending with a lively folk dance at the wedding.
We had a fantastic day getting to know Africa! We had the challenge of trying to piece together 40 pieces of a jigsaw to create a map of Africa. We used atlases to identify the countries by shape, size and location and then named the countries. We have also been researching one of the countries to get to know its climate, culture, topography, food, language, traditions, education and much more.