School News November 14, 2018

Over the past few weeks the Turtle Class have been learning about the wild and wonderful rainforests of the world! The topic has crept into all areas of their learning as they have used their English, Mathematical and Scientific skills to discover the many secrets of these tropical habitats. 

Our topic ended this week with the children becoming fully fledged rainforest weather reporters! To begin with the children were split into groups of three and four and we watched examples of weather reports, both professional and amateur, to get an idea of what they needed to include. After that the preparations began, we imagined what we would want to know if we were to begin a rainforest adventure. 2M created a checklist and within their groups got their heads together to create their fantastic weather reports. 

The work was challenging and the children has to learn and understand topical words such as humidity, windspeed and climate. In addition to their topic work 2M have also been working on comprehension and they knew that it was important that they fully understood the words they were using so they could use them correctly in their report scripts. 

Although the Amazon rainforest in South America is of course the largest and probably most well-known, we all agreed that the weather reports must be different so we could learn much more about the world’s rainforests. Each group was given a different rainforest to research and they were taken on journeys from the Antalaha rainforest in Madagascar to the Daintree rainforest in Australia. They learned to use atlases to help them locate their specific rainforests and whilst they had learnt that all rainforests grow between the Topics of Cancer and Capricorn and across the equator, they were surprised to find that each forest had very different qualities. 

Once their rainforest had been located it was time to create their scripts. The turtles next had a lesson on script writing and each team worked hard to ensure that everyone had something important to say within the report. It was lovely to see the teamwork and support throughout the class!

They were only provided with very simple information and statistics about their particular rainforest, average day temperature, average rainfall etc, it was up to the children to make this information more interesting for their weather report viewers. Once their scripts were complete it was time for rehearsals. Here, they learnt more skills for presentation and public speaking, learning to not hide behind their scripts but deliver their lines to the audience with confidence and interest. 

Finally, it was time to perform, the weather reporters were set up at their news stations ready to deliver their forecast to their audience, it was all very professional! All children were happy and excited to share their findings and we were amazed at the detail they had added to their reports as many groups even gave helpful suggestions for clothing or water consumption depending on the weather and temperature! The weather reports were very informative and after a small quiz on each rainforest we can safely say the turtles are more ready to survive a trip to any of the world’s rainforests!

We may have a few turtle reporters popping up on our television screens in the future!