We received this interesting letter
from Chester Zoo.
Eager to help, we first needed to
know where all these mountains were
in the world.
We learnt that Glen came from Ben Nevis.
We learnt many facts about the mountain and wrote
them on a post card.
Glen was eager to let his friends
back at Chester Zoo know what his
habitat looked like.
We imagined that we were Glen
soaring above Ben Nevis looking down
At the landscape below us.
We wrote expanded noun phrases to
describe what we could see.
The children then learnt about the tallest mountain in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro!
They found out lots of interesting facts - such as the mountain being a volcano with three volcanic cones called Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo!
They then enjoyed sketching the mountain.
On Kilimajaro, the children found Sachi the Japenese Sarrow. We knew she didn't belong in Africa so we helped to return her to her rightful home in Japan.
As the children said goodbye to Sachi, they noticed another animal - it was Sreva the snow leopard. What was she doing in Japan. She needed to be returned to her rightful home on Mount Everest!
Sreva has been returned to Mount Everest!
The children learnt about the mountain and how Sherpa guides help people to reach its summit.
They imagined being caught in an avalanche.
We then went to Middleton Park an acted as real sherpa guides!
The children worked in groups and took it in turns to be a lead sherpa whilst one member of the groups was being led blindfolded 'up the mountain'.
As guides, the children had to give clear, detailed instructions.
Whilst being guided, the children had to listen carefully to the instructions being given.
Daisy the dassie had been sent to Mount Everest by mistake and now the children had to return her to her correct home on Table Mountain. The children enjoyed learning about this uniquely shaped mountain and realised immediately why it was named Table Mountain.
They found many facts about this mountain and wrote them on the front of a post card.