On Wednesday morning, Miss Muddassir and Mrs Packham discovered some mysterious paw prints in the classroom and some new, unusual items around the classroom. So we decided to turn this into a Literacy lesson with Oak Class working as detectives and working out the story using the clues left behind.
Some children discovered a large postcard addressed to Oak Class so we read it, hoping it would give us a better idea about what had happened. We discussed the features of a postcard and talked about the different stamps that were on it. A few children worked it out that the postcard must have been delivered from another country as there was an 'By Air Mail' stamp on it. This led to a discussion about the different types of stamps you could use and how they are priced differently.
When we read the postcard together, we found out that it was written by a meerkat called Sunny who lives in Madagascar. It now made sense why there was a Madagascan flag in the classroom! The suitcase and the spade were still a mystery until we started to read the book 'Meerkat Mail' that was left in the classroom. That's when we realised that Sunny the meerkat likes to dig holes and must use the spade for this!
It was a great lesson and we really enjoyed being detectives and piecing the clues together. We have now started to learn about postcards and have tried to write our own.
Our Topic this term is called 'Our World.' For our first lesson we decided our local environment. The children enjoyed taking tree mark rubbings and spotting animals and insects around the school.
We also enjoyed the Continents song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE
It has been a fabulous week back and all the children have impressed Miss Muddassir with their well thought out questions. I look forward to more exciting learning next week!