We What a wonderful term we have had! One of the highlights was heading off to Dudley Pool each week for swimming lessons. The last few session was focusing on survival in the water. The lifejackets were super fun! It was a bit scary when we fell backwards into the water, but we were very proud once we had mastered it! Jumping off the diving boards was AWESOME!
During the term we have research lots about our Native Birds and their habitats. We are so fortunate in New Zealand to have such a range of special birds. We learnt all about how birds use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Kiwi's are brown so that they blend in with the dead leaves on the forest floor. We found out that even penguins use 'counter shading', a type of camouflage that works in water. Check out all the facts we know!
To finish up our unit on native birds and their habitats we were really fortunate to have Tracey from Oxford Bird Rescue come and share with us her amazing knowledge. She brought Oscar with her. Oscar is a little owl, about four years old, who is blind. We all got to give Oscar a wee pat, and a few lucky ones got to have a hold. His talons were sharp!!
Every second Wednesday we get pretty excited because it's.... SPORTS COACHES! We love it when the Sport Coaches come because we get to get out and learn some new skills. This term we played hockey which was trickier than we thought. Then we started refining our Athletic skills. Did you know that when you sprint it helps if you 'pick your nose and put it in your pocket'! Ask us about it. Here we are learning how to throw a discus properly. This is one of our favourite session (and shot put!) because if we manage to get our discus into the bucket we win a Freddo Frog! It's not often we get a successful thrower, but we did this term! Well done Alex!
At the end of the term Mrs Webb told us a story about a sly fox who was hungry and had a plan to trick others into giving him some food. We had lots of fun writing about this and decided that the best thing to do was to design a trap to catch this sly old fox. We got busy drawing our designs, and writing instructions about how to set the traps. We used time sequencing words and lots of 'bossy' verbs. However, some of us thought that the fox would make a good pet, and the traps look a little like fox hotels! We even made some pretty sophisticated traps during Discovery. Check them out!