(Below is a version we wrote together. Many of the children's ideas were infinitely better when they came to write their own!)
A day in the life of a robin
7:00 – On a freezing cold, frosty and icy morning a courageous robin is about to emerge from her warm nest and venture out into the big, bad world. If you look closely, you will see that her nest is full to the brim with feathers to insulate against the chilly September morning. Winter is coming. She peers down at the hard ground below and must feel a rumble the size of an earthquake in her belly as she has made the dangerous decision to go in search of food.
8:00 - Before she can go in search of that precious life force she must begin her daily ritual. Bird song. High-pitched and pure. She shares her garden with a neighbour, a human, who can be found peering through the blue kitchen window searching for the source of the music. Sometimes the human spots the flash of red as the robin hops along the fence. Sometimes she doesn’t and is only aware of her presence as the bird song pierces the still morning air.
*The robin lifts her head and a beautiful song emerges, filling the blue sky.*
9:00 – As quick as a flash the red-breasted robin swoops down from her high advantage point and lands with a gentle thump onto luscious green grass. She has a cunning trick to bring the food that lurks below to the surface. Rain. Rain is her friend, or at least the pretence of it. She gently mimics the rain by softly tapping the ground with her feet. She jumps from side to side in a dance. Who will win? Her or the worms below? Suddenly, not long after, she pauses. She can hear something under her flat sharp feet. Her eagle eyes are trained on the ground. Ready. Prepared for any eventuality. Then it happens. She pounces. The fight doesn’t last long. It had been lost even before it started. Her sharp beak is no match for the worm’s tender flesh.
*The robin rises from the ground and gracefully flies back to the top branch of a nearby tree that hosts her tiny chicks.*
Times Tables Rockstars
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Welcome back to the start of the academic year and the first of many exciting learning challenges that we have coming up! I hope you have had a wonderful Summer and I look forward to hearing all about it. Do you think a Robin could live off baked beans alone? Why? Why not? As much of our learning as possible will be tied to this central question.
Our key drivers are Science and Geography.
In Science... we will be learning about nutrition and that animals, including humans, get nutrition from what they eat. We will identifying different skeletons and muscle groups and thinking about how they can be used for support, protection and movement.
In Geography... we will be learning to use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area. This will be through using a range of methods, including sketching maps, making plans and graphs as well as digital technologies. We will also begin our Year 3 sketch books.
We will be weaving in cooking, computing, PE, composing music and D&T as we go along. Where possible our Maths and English will also be topic linked. For example, in computing we will be creating David Attenborough documentaries on the iPads and fact find for this in our English sessions.
As always I will be using Marvellous Me to keep you updated weekly and send home information :)
Miss Grafton & Mrs Ashworth