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Monthly Archives: September 2014
We made a map of the world using natural resources and tracked Captain James Cook’s journey from England to New Zealand. Danielle noticed the words ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘East’ and ‘West’ in an atlas and then some of purple group made the words using leaves.
Here are some of the practical ways we do our maths in class 2. We can practise number formation using the paint bags like Jasmine and Halle, we can play bingo to help us learn to recognise our 2 digit numbers like Callum and Joseph and there is a new independent challenge every week for us to try during self initiated learning. This group of children are seeing if they can grab more pieces of Alien rock than Abs the Alien. They then count and record their amount and put on the ‘more’ or ‘less’ board. This will help us to identify and talk about more and less which has been our new learning focus for the week.
We made our own Endeavour and learned all about the different jobs that the crew did on board The Endeavour. There were cooks to feed them healthy food, deck hands to keep the ship ‘ship shape’, a surgeon in case any of the crew get ill and a carpenter to fix things.
Here we are very busy being journalists and cartographers. We wrote about what we found when we got to school and made maps of the area, just like Captain James Cook did when he got to New Zealand.
Today when we got to school there was something strange in the mud kitchen! Someone had left a tent with a bag of clues. We looked in the bag and found some binoculars, a very old map and a diary. We read the diary and it told us that the stranger was from a very long time ago. He was a cartographer and explorer back in the 1700s.
In 1755 he joined the navy where his skills as a cartographer were noticed.
During the 7 years war he learned to survey and assisted with the charting of the St. Lawrence River.
In 1769 he circumnavigated New Zealand on the Endeavour.
See if you can use the above information to find out who this explorer is. Write it as a comment below. You might find some new information about our explorer. If you do write it as a comment to help the children in class 2 learn more about him.
Kyle found a stick that looked like arms and created his very own Tree Man! I wonder what wonderful things Tree Man sees in our school once we’ve all gone home?