Where In The World Do You Live?

 During our Geography lessons we became explorers by naming and locating the world’s continents and oceans. On our expeditions we found out which areas of the world were hot and cold and which animals lived on these continents and oceans as well as why. To help us achieve this goal we studied world maps, atlases and used globes.  Despite travelling around the world we also looked at the local environment and found out which animals live on the school grounds. We made bird feederss and visited The Dell. We compared Downley to the countries and regions we visited on our voyages.

 In Computing we looked at online mapping programs and consulted animal databases to study habitats and the features of animals which lived there. We also used art programs to draw those animals.

In our Science lessons we identified and named animals and compared their structures. We also looked at ourselves as animals and identified, named and labelled our bodies and worked out which parts of our bodies give us our senses. We also did several experiments to look at how penguins stay warm and dry using wax crayons to simulate the waxy oil on penguin's feathers and made blubber gloves plunging our hands into ice water to see the effect. We had a very exciting day when we got to learn about and handle some amazing creatures including snakes, lizards, insects and a meerkat.

As part of our project we studyied instruments in music and tried to create the sounds of the animals and environments that we travelled to around the world. We drummed and learned an amzing routine which we performed in our Sharing Event. We even made rain sticks and decorated them.

In our Art lessons we developed our techniques for colour, pattern, texture, line and shape making  seasonal observations of nature and the weather in our country.

In DT we made a Sydney Opera House picture using paper pplates as well as a Great Barrier Reef picture utilising many materials and techniques.

For our Literacy unit we wrote a journey story based on “Monkey See Monkey Do”. After we produced  non-chronological reports about the animals and places we discovered as well as filling out our 'passports'.

In our Guided Reading sessions we read books about animals including: “Handa’s Surprise, Lost and Found, The Tiger Who Came for Tea and The Bad Elephant and the Baby”. We focussed on making links to our lives and making predictions and inferences based on what we read.

During our Maths lessons we focused on our number knowledge and calculation skills. Throughout the month we practised counting to and across 100, finding one more and one less, using our number bonds to 20, adding and subtracting to 20, telling the time to the nearest hour and half hour as well as halves and quarters.

At the end of our project we held a Sharing Event for our project and invited the rest of the school as well as parents and carers to share our knowledge, skills and enthusiasm gained in our project.

Please take a look at our galleries of images from a wonderful project here and here: