Orange Class have been busy exploring our local community around Turney School. We are keen for the children to feel comfortable and safe in this environment. This can be achieved if we are familiar with some of the locations that are close by, and if the children are given regular opportunities to visit these.
One of the local features that we are visiting weekly in Orange Class is the Turney School allotment. The children have planted some sunflower seeds. We are now looking after these by watering them each week and keeping them free of weeds. The children are observing any growth, as well as keeping a regular video diary. Other activities at the allotment include general tidying up of our own patch, and making sure that the ground remains moist. You can watch some of our Orange Class gardeners taking care of their responsibilities in the video above.
To help the children understand where the allotments are in relation to other nearby locations we have produced some maps of our local area. These include facilities such as bus stops, zebra crossings, shops, churches and Brockwell Park. We have asked the children to think about where each feature on the map needs to be placed in relation to other items.
Elsewhere around Orange Class and the children have been continuing to make progress with our current class topic all about the country of Kenya. We are reading a non-fiction book that has provided the children with many facts about the country. We have learnt that Kenya is not a rich country. Many of the children play with homemade toys. Orange Class have used a series of recyclable materials to make their own toys to play with.
Finally in Orange Class and we simply love the tai dye materials that we have been making! The children have been experimenting with this technique during art lessons to produce some stunning patterns.