Some of the activities you could complete whilst we're still out of school could be...
- Visit a woodland setting. Collect information about the habitat by drawing, collecting examples of leaves and bark, taking digital photographs and note making. Set research questions for small scale enquiries about the habitat - How many different types of tree can you find? What is the largest and smallest tree circumference?
- Go on a woodland bug hunt - What animals can be found under stones, in the leaves and under wood? Collect, draw, name and answer questions about the range of animals found.
- Use ICT and other source materials such as information books and leaflets to research the range of wildlife that live in a UK woodland habitat. Make a mind map to record their research and generate their own questions for other things they would like to find out.
- Use data from woodland enquiries to record and draw conclusions. Record using mathematical methods such as tables, charts and graphs.
- Discuss environmental issues that affect the woodland environment - issues such as litter, fires and trampling.
- Display photographs taken on visits and annotate with labels and information.
To further your understanding of the topic, you may wish to...
- Develop a deeper understanding of woodland animals through enquiry led activities - for example a spider enquiry, an ant enquiry or a woodlouse enquiry.
- Develop motor skills using a range of natural materials such as clay, withes, willow and leaves. Create woodland weaving, sculptures, dream catchers and whittling.
- Create tree hangings and journey sticks using natural materials that have been found.
- Watch documentaries/clips of woodland animals in their natural habitat. Record using a range of adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similies to describe what they look like and how they move.
- Identify, name and group types of plants, trees, birds and spiders found in UK woodlands. Learn that these are affected by climate and changes in their environment. Use data handling skills to record different types and classifications.
- Recap on parts of a plant including flowers and trees from previous learning. Make mind maps to record what they know and remember. Answer questions and undergo reading challenges to draw out information and set reading challenges to clarify information.
- Make compost/leaf litter bins using design and technology skills. Observe and record what happens over time. Understand the role of leaf litter in creating new material for growth in a natural environment.
- Make keys and identify food chains to assign different animals to groups. Make diagrams to represent information using ICT.
In Craig Yr Hesg our class names are inspired by rivers from across Wales, the river Dyfi, our class name, is a river that flows through some of the towns in Mid Wales.
(Photo of the River Dyfi)
See the map below to help you picture where in Wales this river is.
The River Dyfi is a river in Mid Wales. It is approximately 30 miles long which is about 48 kilometres. Remember there is 1000 meters in a kilometre. So it is 48,000 meters long. So that is roughly from PontyPridd your home town to the Severn Bridge which helps us travel from Wales (east) into England.
(Photo of the Severn Bridge)
Why should I use this page?
This page will help you:
- Find out about the new topic each half term giving you some videos and links to explore before and during the topic
- Will give you some important information about the class, our routines and some of the events we have coming up like trips etc.
- There will be pictures to remind you of some of the amazing things we have been going in class for you to look back at and talk your friends and family about what you have been doing in school.
- Provide links to be used at home to continue your learning adventure.
- Give you spelling lists and homework tasks if you need to remind yourself what they were that week.
- Also it will be helpful for your parents to help you and remember what you need to bring into school each day.
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