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Sea Lions Y3/4

Survivalists: Camp Fire Cooking

Coming to an end with our 'Survival of the Fittest' topic, we have been looking at nutrition and healthy diets. Linking with out topic, we were lucky enough to enjoy a camp fire cooking session with the fantastic Mr Radford, imagining that we were lost in the woods with basic ingredients and equipment. We began by making bread, otherwise known as damper, out of three basic ingredients (flour, sugar and water) and used our skills of kneading to roll out the dough into a sausage shapes. We then used the natural environment of the woods to fashion sticks in which to wrap our bread around ready to cook. After wrapping our bread, we made our way to a fire where we cooked our dampers before enjoying them with jam.

Below are a selection of photographs of the children during the morning:

Survivalists: Water Collection

We have been using our imaginations this week, pretending that we have been on an adventure when something has gone drastically wrong and we have been stranded on an island with no water sources available to us. The children were told that they had two readily available sources of water: the sea and a muddy river. Thinking practically, the children thought about how they might also collect rain water. As a part of this experiment, we wanted to find out which way of getting drinkable water would be the most efficient. To start our experiment off, the children collected their water from the three different sources: sea water (very salty water), river water (muddy water) and rain water. The children quickly collected two of their water samples before using the materials available to them in their 'backpack' to create canopies in which to collect rain water. Below are some pictures of the children building their canopies:
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A Reply from Abi Elphinstone

As a part of our guided reading lessons during our topic 'The World Beneath the Waves', we read a fantastic book called 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone. The children absolutely loved this book and the adventures of Eska, Flint and Blu and when we finished, they wanted to write letters to the author Abi Elphinstone to let her know their views about her book and ask her any questions they had. Amazingly, we received a reply from Abi, where she told us all about her work as an author, answered our questions and she even sent us some bookmarks!

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Survivalists in Training

A big thank you to Mrs Radford, who has taken the time to come and teach us some first aid, helping us with our current topic 'Survival of the Fittest'. The children really enjoyed themselves, especially when they got to experience first hand what to do if they come across any wounds or bleeding!

 

UPDATE - During our second session we looked at the recovery position, CPR, choking (not practiced!) and the children chose items for their own 'first aid kits' out of a selection, reasoning as to why they chose certain materials.

 

The pictures from both these sessions are below:

Sea Lions Mythical Stop-Motion Animations

Over the past term Sea Lions class have been looking at mythical creatures, designing their own and working hard to create stop-motion animations. They have created plasticine models, backgrounds, various props and created pieces of music to make their animations amazing. Thank you to everyone who came to our film premiere, I hope you enjoyed it as much as both the children and I did. Below are the animations the children made:

Friends or Enemies?

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Heroes in Disguise

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Being Yourself

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Junk Vs. Wild

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Crystal Lake

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Good or Bad?

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Our Kenning poetry

To start our topic 'The world beneath the waves', we have been exploring different kinds of animals that either live or spend time in our oceans. As a part of this, we researched the ways in which certain animals move, looking closely at verbs, adverbs and adjectives, which we then used to write our own Kennings.

 

Read through our work below and see if you can solve the riddles for what creatures the children are talking about.

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Shabbat: Challah Bread

As part of our look at the Jewish tradition of Shabbat, we baked Challah bread, a traditional bread eaten during meals. Below are pictures showing the children's finished Challah bread, I'm sure you will agree they look absolutely delicious!

Alternative Vehicles

Using both their school and home learning, the children designed and created vehicles to run using an alternative energy source. Below are a collection of photographs showing the children's finished alternative energy vehicles:

Sea Lions and Turtles Shared Reading

Take a look at the gallery to see pictures from our first session of shared reading with Turtles class!

Recycling Posters

As part our look into the devastating effects of plastic, we have been researching how to recycle. Through our research we discovered many things that surprisingly couldn't be recycled. This inspired us to create posters to inform people on different materials that can and cannot be recycled.

Here are a selection of our posters:

 

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Plastic Sculpture

As a class we have been thinking about the harmful effects that plastic has on the environment. As part of this, with your help at home, we have collected a variety of packaging products made out of plastic, which we then used to create our class sculpture. The children came up with the brilliant idea of creating a sea lion which I'm sure you will agree looks very effective at showing the effects of plastic!

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