We have made a fantastic start with our learning about Explorers this week. First of all the children began planning their own research to find out about a famous explorer. They will then turn this into a presentation for the rest of the class.
Then came our amazing 'Explorer Experience'. Our two daring explorers provided contrasting experienes: one focused on the cold climate of the Arctic and the other linked to the tropical Rainforest in Australia.
Oli Milroy brought footage of his expedition to the Arctic, along with his clothing and equipment, which the children were allowed to try on. He set up an experiment with a 'blubber glove' made from lard to help the children discover what a good insulator it is. We also designed our own mountain ranges using plasticene and covered them with sloppy 'cornflour snow'.
Johnny Dredge brought us tales and film from his trip to the Australian rainforest. We came close up with some interesting, and sometimes dangerous, wildlife, including the infamous 'dunnies' and their 'dunny' spiders. Johnny had also brought his didgeridoo with him and all the children had the opportunity to see if they could make a sound on it, with some surprisingly good results.
Then it was time to plan our own expeditions. We had to assign roles and tasks, and decide what we needed to take with us. The children then presented the details of their expedition to the rest of the class.
Finally, Oli and Johnny kindly agreed to sign an autograph for every child so that they had a lasting memory of their exciting day. They also complimented the children on their learning attitudes during the day, and it was lovely to be told what a courteous, confident and communicative group of learners they are.