This half term our theme has been Habitat Hunters. We began with a letter from Lower Smite Farm asking us to save the hedgehogs. We started our learning by finding out why hedgehogs have become endangered. We discovered that there were issues with humans building homes and roads near to hedgehog habitats. We found out what you should and shouldn't do in order to care for hedgehogs in your gardens.
With our new knowledge about hedgehogs, we wrote non-chronological reports to explain how to look after them and a persuasive text to tell Percy the Park how he can help save the hedgehogs too. We used books such as Tidy and Don’t Hog the Hedge to find even more information and develop our writing.
We investigated forest school as a possible location for hedgehog habitats but soon found many shortfalls with this location, namely lack of space and too much close contact with humans. We made hedgehog shelters and drew maps of forest school using a key as part of our investigating.
In maths we have been using addition and subtraction on number lines and have been using money too.
In science, we have found out about animal habitats and food chains.
In P.E. we have been building our social skills by learning how to work together.
We used the laptops to research more about hedgehogs and to make posters about how to look after hedgehogs. We learnt how to alter font size, text style and text colour and insert photographs to make our posters visually appealing.
We have designed, made and evaluated woodland animals using clay and some natural resources from forest school.
We finished our theme by visiting Lower Smite Farm and decided where the best place would be to build a hedgehog house... we all agreed on Lower Smite Farm!