Puffins Archive 2017-2018
Over the summer term the children have really enjoyed learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
They had a fantastic day when Florence Nightingale visited them for the day. They were transported back in time to the Crimean War and had to nurse injured soldiers, prepare healthy food and keep everything exceptionally clean!
The children also made their own Nightingale lamps which they then wrote instructions about.
They children were also very lucky to have a visit from Becky Pilgrim. She undertook an experiment with them which showed them how quickly bacteria grow when you don’t wash your hands. We were all very shocked by the results!
Over the spring term the children have really enjoyed learning about India. Here are a few examples of what they have been up to.
In geography the children recreated a physical map of India, locating the mountains, seas, rivers and beaches. They also learned about the small village of Chembakolli and compared it to Fen Ditton, in particular looking at the different types of housing.
In art, they recreated rangoli patterns using rice, lentils and beans.
In English the children were inspired by the animals and settings of India and used these to write some powerful poetry. They also learned a traditional Indian Tale about a trapped tiger and used this to write their own traditional tales. The children also enjoyed writing persuasive adverts convincing people to buy onion bhajis - and all of the children loved eating them to get some inspiration!
It has been a busy term for the Puffins learning all about the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. They met a plague doctor and someone caught the plague! To stop the plague from spreading, the children created their own plague cure. They then wrote instructions about them and persuasive adverts to encourage people to buy their cures.
When learning about the Great Fire of London, the children travelled back in time to research and gather all the facts they could before writing their own newspaper reports. They also learned who Samuel Pepys was and why we still remember him today. They used this information to create their own fact books. The children followed up this learning with a trip to the Samuel Pepys library at Magdalene College. They thoroughly enjoyed the trip as it brought their learning to life. As the Great Fire of London started in a bakery, the children baked their own bread and then wrote instructions on how to make it.
In maths the children have been using lots of practical resources to help them to build mental images when learning about place value and addition and subtraction.