Yesterday Edison were visited by Jackie, who showed us lots of different instruments .
We had a go at playing different rhythms with wooden claves as Jackie played the sailor’s hornpipe. We then made different rhythms by saying what we had for breakfast and copying the rhythms with shakers! Our favourite was ‘a slice of toast’.
On the 18th April Edison class spent the day at Paignton Zoo as part of our ‘Land, Sea and Sky’ topic. We had a great morning wandering around the zoo seeing all the animals in the sunshine. Favourites included the orangutans (especially the baby ones), elephants and giraffes. At lunch, we got a bit too close to the wildlife, when a seagull stole Jack’s sausage roll!
We spent the afternoon in the zoo’s education building where we had a fantastic session talking about the different skeletons of animals and how they had adapted to where they live. We then got to explore all the skeletons, fur and other interesting things that they had on shelves around the room. Our favourite were the skulls with the big teeth! We also learnt that an elephant’s tusks are nearly as big as Mrs S.
Back at school we are going to explore further the different adaptations that animals have made, food chains and how environments can change. Our Ostrich impressions !
Edison are looking forward to taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Watch next Friday.
We will be getting out our binoculars out and watching our bird feeders for an hour to see which birds visit. Before hand , we will make our own bird feeders to put up to make our garden look extra appealing to our feathery friends!
The bird feeders in our class garden have been very busy with lots of different types of birds. Our favourites are the greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and bullfinch. Others that frequent our feeders are blue tits, great tits, long tail tits, robins, chaffinch, wren, sparrows , blackbirds, chaffinch, goldfinch, magpies , dunnocks and wood pigeons!
On Friday morning, Edison class were extremely lucky to take part in a work shop run by Andy from Moor Than Meets the Eye. We used scraps of material and things found in nature to create woodland fairies, bogons and piskies out of pegs.
After a morning of gluing, cutting and making we were very proud of the big box of peg fairies we had created, and the quality of our artwork!
This Friday, Edison class will be venturing out into Yarner woods to place their fairies in various locations throughout the wood. There, the fairies will be seen by lots of other people as part of the Christmas Woodland Fairy-Trail!
Every fairy needed to have something natural on it, can you spot the leaves, acorns, moss and twigs in the fairies below?
In Literacy, we have been looking at descriptive language to describe settings.
We have been watching videos of ships in stormy seas and creating our own noun phrases, similes and interesting verbs. Here are some of the amazing phrases we came up with…
The rising dark blue waves.
The unsteady ship.
The roaring sea.
The wobbly ship.
The dark waves like wild horses.
The wobbly wet ship crashed over the dark waves.
The roaring sea was quickly bumping into the slow ship.
We also used an online thesaurus to find interesting colour words –
The grey-green seaweed
snowy white spray.
myrtle green light
white chalk spray
Fantastic language Edison ! Can you think of any more?
Edison’s airport now has a conveyor belt for luggage and check in desks!
Here is how we made the conveyor belts using lego –
First we got all things ready and put walls and got pipes. Then we put them in the holes in the bricks and put clock works on the pipes and put the stable belt onto the clock works so it wouldn’t fall off. You need to try it if it falls down you need to try it again. If it’s fine you got a stable belt. When it’s done you can build a airport that goes with it so you have more to play with.
We also built check in desks and sorted out suitcases based on where they were flying.
Queue at the check in desk!