We hope you all had a lovely Easter Break. This half term our adventure is Zoo Tycoon!
The children have been asked to help re-open an old Zoo. Now this project isn't going to be easy. The children need to look at a variety of Zoo's across the country for ideas and inspiration to help them plan and design their very own Zoo. They will need to think about the animals they want, rides/shows to attract customers and the financial side of re-opening the Zoo. There will be a budget they need to stick to, they will have to employ staff to look after the animals and run the park and advertise the Zoo to ensure profits are maximised!
The children used the computers to research lots of different wildlife parks or Zoo's across the country to get an idea of what facilities and attractions would be popular.
After seeing the news report about the closed Zoo, Miss Martin has set a project for Class 3/4 to see if they can make it a success. The class did a spider diagram to look at all the different things they could think we would need for our Zoo. The first thing the children said they needed was staff, especially staff to look after the animals.
The children looked at different job advertisements for an idea on what they needed to add to their adverts. They wanted to ensure that the right people applied for the job with the right qualifications.
For our science this adventure the children met 'Jane' who is an expert in animals and is a fantastic vet! She wanted to tell us all about humans and animals and the similarities and differences between them. The children looked at
- Types and functions of teeth
- Tooth decay (Experiment and written evaluation of tooth decay)
- Digestive system parts
- Digestive system functions (including a written explanation of the digestive system)
- Food chains
We are Co-Authors, creating a Wikipedia page
For our IT sessions we looked at Wikipedia pages. We found out that people can add information to these pages if they know facts about a particular subject and then a team of people check this is correct. We decided to look at animals and find out lots of information about them and share it with the world. The children had to choose an animal we were going to feature in our zoo and research everything they could think of about it. This could be their habitat, diet, reproduction, appearance etc
The children wrote this information down and then created their very own non chronological report like a Wikipedia page with all the information about their chosen animal.
For our religious education this half term, we have looked at Christian beliefs and their way of life.
We wanted to explore the different beliefs because we know that sometimes people can have strong opinions about animals in zoos. First we looked at Christian places of worship and their symbols. We then looked at the ten commandments and acted out some freeze frames of our own interpretations.
For our Art and textiles, the children made headdresses for the gift shop for the grand opening. They had lots of fun designing and making them.
They then wrote instructions on how to make a headdress for their big write. Miss Martin was very impressed with everyone's work using all of the things they have learnt in SPAG and writing over the last year.
The Grand Opening...
To celebrate al the hard work Class 3/4 have done over the last half term the children are hosting a grand opening to invite parents to come in and look at all their fantastic work. The children have made invitations, bunting, decorations and animal biscuits. Check out what we've been up to below....
Grand Opening of Westwood's Wild World
Thank you to everyone that came to our Grand Opening. The children were so proud of their achievements and loved the chance to show everything off. They have worked so hard over the last half term which makes going into the final half term exciting.