There and Back Again…

Last week, as previously documented… 4TE embarked on the mighty adventure to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Well, this week we have been planning to write about our trip. We aim to write some super detailed descriptions of what we experienced and these are some of our plans so far! We’re hopeful of some great pieces of writing to come!

¡Hola Sudamérica!

From the snowy peaks of the Andes to the green grasslands of the Pampas fields in Argentina; through the dense canopies of the Amazon Rainforest to the vast, aridvexpanses of the Atacama Desert in Chile, 6CC have put their knowledge of human and physical features to the test by exploring the various biomes in America’s southern continent.

Year 6 will now look to uncover the mysteries of each biome in South America and how the climate of each unique biome affects the life of flora and fauna within their region. Until next time, adios! 🇧🇷🇦🇷🇨🇷🇪🇨🇦🇲

The Polar Bear Necessities

Last week Year 3 and 4 were lucky enough to take a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park with the rest of LKS2 from all XP Trust Schools. During the day 3LG did lots of animal spottings, and even heard the lions roar. We saw, wallabies, camels, meerkats, a leopard, tigers and zebras. But our favourite was defitinetly the lemurs, who were so active running around and climbing just above our heads.

The focus of our trip was “Project Polar”, a conservation programme run by YWP in order to help save the polar bears in their natural habitat. As part of this, we were so excited to have a workshop all about polar bears run by one of the zoo’s experts. During the workshop we learned all about the adaptations polar bears have, why they are endangered and what we can do to help save them.

A better use of bed sheets!

This week, year 5 have used a selection of bedsheets to create their own landforms, which they then used as a basis to investigate human land use. The children used the contours of the land to add a river, forests and pastures, before discussing collaboratively how these might affect human settlements. The pupils recognized the importance of providing human settlements with a water supply, vegetation, building materials, space for livestock and a means of defense. Super work 5RS!

Our ‘Roar-some’ trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

What a wonderful we had during our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park! To immerse our children fully into our expedition ‘What a Wonderful World’, we visited many amazing breads of animals from all around the world! Particular favourites of 3HJ were the red pandas, sea lions and of course the polar bears. The absolute highlight however was the parading leopard who seem to enjoy his time with us and put on a great show. Lots of happy memories were made today and the children were a credit to NJS! 😊

… And on the second day, 6CC designed their own landforms! 🌎

Last week, year 6 explored human and physical features of the geographical landscape and identified features in their local environment around Norton and Askern that could be classified into each category. They then explored how the physical features of the landscape influence the human features, such as roads running alongside rivers rather than creating bridges and tunnels that may incur increased costs.

Building on their knowledge of geographical features, 6CC began studying settlements and investigating how physical features (rivers, woods, mountains etc) affect human settlements. In mini crews, each crew designed their own unique landform using classroom equipment and a sheet – most opted to include a mountain or hill region in their design.

With each successive stage of the challenge, groups added a forest, a river, human settlements, livestock/crops and a road, whilst thinking carefully about where to position each individual aspect and what they may need.

At the end of the challenge, a spokesperson/ spokespeople were nominated to present their design to their peers where they explained why they positioned features in specific places before receiving praise for their ideas and wonders to provoke further thinking regarding some of their design choices. Great effort, Crew! 👍

Wonderful Wildlife from our Wide World!

Today, Years 3 and 4 ventured off on an adventure to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park! In line with our expedition ‘What a Wonderful World’, we explored lots of the different wildlife from all around the world! 4TE (pictured above standing by the fence, not on the grass!) had a super time looking at all the different creatures; we saw tigers, polar bears, wallabies, monkeys, and meerkats! It was a fantastic day and really put into perspective for everyone as to why we need to look after our planet, and protect our furry (and sometimes not so…) friends!

Year 5 Geographers!

After taking part in a gallery walk of photographs taken from the local area, our year 5 geographers were able to distinguish clearly between human and physical features and explain how the latter has influenced the former. They are then going to build on this learning next week by creating a model land form and using the physical features of the land to inform their human settlements and land use. Super work year 5!

🌎Tropical Triumph!

Rocking Rainforest

6CC finished their immersive rainforest display this week, giving the full effect of a dense and diverse environment. All the children worked in groups to collectively create a bright canopy layer for our class animal: the Glaucous Maccaw.

Feeling hot! Hot! Hot!

Diving into the canopy, year 6 have begun exploring the equator and the tropics and how they provide the optimum conditions for growing rainforests. Wednesday featured a research lesson where 6CC learned about the accelerated water cycle of the tropics and the role they play in hydrating the Earth’s rainforests.

Has Doncaster changed over time?

This week, during expedition lessons, we have been discovering how human features in our town of Doncaster have changed over time. We identified key areas such as sports facilities, entertainment and education and compared pictures from the 1990s to now. We discovered that many have developed over time to accommodate a rise in population, popularity and ease of accessibility. The vocabulary produced by the children was pronominal and it was great to see them so excited about their hometown!