During this term, Class 5 have been learning about inventions and explorers.
Taking inspiration from Earnest Shackleton and his tale of triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversity, during his 1914 attempt to walk from one side of Antarctica to the other via the South Pole.
Class 5 were ‘shipwrecked’ on the far side of Lundy Island.
Their first job was to use their knowledge of Materials to create a shelter that would be able to keep the elements from them. They had to consider, flexibility, strength, rigidity, porosity, would the wind or water be able to penetrate it? Selecting and justifying their choices of materials. They also had opportunities to evaluate their work and improve it.
Once the children were ‘settled in’ to their coastal setting, they had to try to stay warm. The children very much enjoyed learning how to safely light a controlled fire.
We considered the changes of state of many materials from boiling, evaporating, condensing, melting and solidification. They looked at dissolving and considered the meanings of terms; Solute, Solvent and Solution. All the time conscious of how to create a fair test by changing only one variable.
Having become ‘self sufficient’. The children decided that they could not live there forever and that they must go to search for help and safety.
They spent a week learning how to read a map, understand the symbols and information present on the map. They linked their learning with Mathematics to do with Legends/Keys, Coordinates and Measures. They developed their understanding of geographical terminology and interpretation of topography and how it looks from a plan (birds eye) view. Also, the children developed a much greater understanding of some of the information that their village contains. This is nearly always over looked, or taken for granted.