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Adaptation, Diaries, Darwin and Alchemy

posted 21 Mar 2016, 07:58 by Bow Brickhill   [ updated 21 Mar 2016, 07:58 ]
This term has been a busy one for Maples.  The term started with us studying the work of Charles Darwin, learning about how he discovered and formed his theory of evolution.  We've looked at how different animals have evolved and followed Darwin on his voyage to the Galapagos Islands.  We have written diary entries as if we were Darwin, just stepping on to the Galapagos Isalnds for the first time and discovering the range and diversity of the wildlife there.  Just like Darwin, we have also tried to draw the animals that would have been found and label them.  The half term was finished off with a visit to Tring Natural History Museum, which has a fascinating collection of animals from around the world.
 
The second half of the term has seen us voyage to Alchemy Island - a fantasy island.  Chief Alchemist Carwal (out student teacher Miss Wallis in disguise) paid the class a visit one afternoon with lots of specimens from the island.  The class, who were "applying for job as apprentice alchemists" had to explore the properties of the various samples and decide which areas of the island the samples had been collected from.  The children particularly enjoyed examining the sample from Fogwind Swamp !
 
Times tables and number bonds continue to be tested every week and we have seen a huge improvement from most of the class in these areas.
 
Easter is rapidly approaching and after the Easter break we will return to start our new topic but we will also be heavily concentrating on getting the Year 6 children ready for their SATS exams in May.
 
Happy Easter everyone !