The last time the children were with Sally they wanted to know where other places were, and which direction to point at for them. So this afternoon the children went out with compasses, maps and clipboards to identify which way was North, where familiar places were and to learn how to read maps!

The last time the children worked with Sally they were asking where other places were in relation to Knighton. So this afternoon the class went out with compasses, maps and a clipboard.

Welsh! Cymraeg!

Today we were visited by Gruff from Llandeilo to teach us some fun games to help us learn Welsh whilst playing! Everyone had a great time!

Project Asteroid Belt! Gwregys Asteroid Prosiect!

Today we (space cadets from the European Space Agency!) were given details of a competition that we could enter.

Why didn’t the asteroid belt form a planet? What would the planet have been like if it did?

Don't cut down the trees! Peidiwch â torri'r coed i lawr!

The children completed their PowerPoint presentations about the tribes who live in the Borneo rainforests- they decided they wanted to stand in front of the class to deliver these presentations too! They peer-assessed each other and gave feedback about how to improve them. We then learned about how deforestation affects the people who live in the rainforests; they class was very concerned. We learned about Human Rights and thought about which of their human rights were violated when their habitats were destroyed. It was decided that we would have more luck persuading Mr Thomas to change the way his business works by writing to him and considering the pros and cons of deforestation, instead of just telling him it was bad. The children completed a cold-write, with no help at all, then we studied discussion texts to see what else we needed to include before completing a ‘hot write’! This really helped the children to see how their writing had improved. This week the children have designed and made their own tribal masks. 

In Maths we have been studying data in graphs; comparing the information available, considering how it could be improved and thinking of questions to ask about it. 

Fruit trees! Coed Ffrwythau!

We recently applied for and received 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees, from The Conservation Volunteers. We planted them on Friday!

It was interesting digging the hole; there were so many discussions about how to hold the spade, what to do with your feet, is the hole big enough? Hopefully we’ve done the job correctly!

Whilst we were on the field some children collected litter from hedgerows and gather broken equipment. We also measured the fence lines that hadn’t got hedgerows…that might be our next project!!

Wild Save- we got the job!

Now that we have a rescue centre and a plenty of case studies to prove we are up to the job, we have worked to put together a quote for the job. The quote included; vehicle hire, staff, medication, camping equipment etc. The children worked hard to use the information available to them and used a spreadsheet on Hwb to input their costs and calculate a total using a formula.

We then decided we were ready to email Mr Thomas to give him the information he wanted. We practised using formal language and looked at the features of emails, and information and persuasion texts. We also attached our case studies and quotes to the emails.

Good news…we got the job!!

Next we had to consider how we would get ready for the job. The children organised them into the different teams Wild Save would have and thought about some of the responsibilities.

Office staff- messages to the transport team & CCTV to keep the animals safe

Drivers- transporting staff, vehicles, cargo (equipment) & animals

Rescue team- track the animals, find them and take them to the rescue centre

Vets- checking and treating the animals, equipment & medication

Receptionist- booking the animals into the centre

Support team- setting up camp and organising food & drink for staff & animals

In amongst these discussions the idea of dangers arose; what could go wrong and what we could do about it. It was agreed that risk assessments would need to be completed before we started the job to make sure it would be safe.