To end their America topic, 5DP went on a treasure hunt to find as many of the 50 state names of America as they could that were hidden all around the school grounds. They worked in pairs and the winning team won a pack of mini-eggs!
As part of their America topic, 5DP made dream catchers. This Native American Indian tradition is supposed to ward off bad dreams by catching them in its web and letting only the good dreams pass through.
The children made the frame using sticks of willow and then Mrs Milbourne showed them the technique of using string to create the dream catcher pattern. They then added beads and feathers to decorate.
Before Christmas, the children in 5DP went to Hartshill Hayes to collect materials to make Christmas wreaths. They collected leaves, branches, pine cones and holly. Back at school, they used sphagnum moss and wire to create the base for their wreaths, then decorated them using the materials they had found as well as ribbon and baubles. The children then sold their wreaths at the Christmas fair.
For the rest of the week, the children learnt about Bonfire Night to finish off their Crime and Punishment topic. They learnt about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot and then made their own 'Guys' out of newspaper and string before burning them on our own mini bonfire! Then, they made pictures of Bonfire Night using natural found materials from the Forest School site.
On Tuesday 31st October it was Halloween! To celebrate, 5DP learnt all about Halloween and carved their very own pumpkins! They had great fun (and made a bit of a mess!)
On Friday, the whole class came outside and took part in an investigation! They had to use the map to find the clues that had been left around the school and then decide who the culprit was. Afterwards, we used the skills they had learnt last year to build a fire and boil the kettle. They then enjoyed hot chocolate and a biscuit before playing some team games.
This week, 5DP took their crime and punishment topic outside...
- They played a game solving clues and finding letters to spell out words that linked to their topic.
- They used their art skills to draw facial composites. (A facial composite is a graphical representation of an eyewitness's memory of a face. They are used by police in their investigation of crimes and help to reconstruct the suspect's face in hope of identifying them).
- They also investigated their own fingerprints by lifting them with baby powder and sellotape and then by using ink on paper.
Here are some types of fingerprints. What does yours look like?