Our topic this half term is ‘The seaside’
We have been thinking about what the seaside is like now and how it may have changed over the last 100 years or so. We have created a sea-side role play area in the classroom and taken a trip to the beach too.
This half term Thatchers Class are looking at stories from other cultures. We have been finding out about the story of Tiddalik. The tale of Tiddalik the Frog is a legend from Australian Aboriginal mythology. In the telling of the myth, Tiddalik awoke one morning with an unquenchable thirst, and began to drink until all the fresh water was greedily consumed. Creatures and plant life everywhere began to die due to lack of moisture. Other animals conspired against Tiddalik and devised a plan for him to release all of the water he had consumed. This was successfully coordinated by a wise old Owl, when Nabunum the eel made Tiddalik laugh when he tied himself in comical shapes. As Tiddalik laughed, the water rushed out of him to replenish the lakes, swamps and rivers. The legend of Tiddalik is not only an important story of the Dreamtime, but has been the subject of popular modern children's books.
We have been busy creating story maps to help us to retell the story and written character profiles to describe Tiddalik.
Please watch this space for recordings and videos of us telling the story and using drama and puppets to act it out.
What a Performance!
This half term Thatchers Class have been very busy preparing to perform! We are going to be taking part in the Hampshire Music Service Special Schools Performance Super Me!, at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. We have had to learn lots of songs all about different Super Heroes. Next we listened to lots of different Super hero themed music so that we could vote to choose our favourite to dance to. We have been very creative designing and making our own costumes and have worked as a team to choreograph our Heo dance routine. Each child in the class created their own dance move which we have linked together to form our routine.
Thatchers Go Horseriding
This half term Thatchers Class have been learning to ride! Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.
Riding offers an element of excitement and risk often denied to people with disabilities. It can be a means to relax or compete.
We travel every week to a farm near St Mary Bourne where we meet Alex, her RDA ladies and their ponies. We were all quite nervous to begin with and some of us were not at all sure that we wanted to ride at all! However after some apprehensive introductions on the first week everyone was soon mounted on their ponies and enjoying riding around the arena. The ponies were all beautifully well behaved, calm and patient with our new riders and the children were soon able to give simple commands to instruct the ponies to ‘walk on’ and ‘woah!’ as well as steer them around the arena and in and out of cones. In the final weeks some children even managed to trot! We also have been learning how to groom and take care of the ponies, as well as the names for the different parts of the horse and the tack. We will be having a break from riding for the winter months, but we are all really looking forward to returning in the spring time to see our new friends Smarties, Rocket, Belle, Molly and Solo!