This term, in English, we have been exploring the world of Pandora, based on the film 'Avatar'. The children enjoyed watching extracts from the film and making notes about what the planet was like. Then using these they wrote descriptions of the planet of Pandora, using some great relative clauses to extend their sentences.
They were particularly fascinated by the unusual, fictitious animals of Pandora and wrote descriptions of these including expanded noun phrases, powerful verbs and parenthesis to add interest for the reader. Our work was so amazing that we put it up on our class display board.
In art, we have been looking at traditional Kente weaving. We learnt that Kente weaving comes from the country of Ghana, where they often use cloth, silk or cotton to create beautiful patterns. As a class, we recreated this skill by weaving bags from different coloured paper. We decorated them with different patterns so that they looked similar to the designs we had seen from Ghana.
In DT, we have been looking at how to create a moving toy. We were given the briefing 'WWF want to raise money and have decided to sell moving toys inspired by the animals they protect. They have asked schools to provide prototypes that they could mass produce'. We learnt about cams, levers and followers and how they can be used in a toy. We then created our own moving toys using cardboard, dowling rods, cams and levers. Have a look at the amazing things we created!