To coincide with British Science Week, we have spent the week learning about the plastic ocean and ways that we can help reduce this through recycling and reusing different materials.
On Monday, the children were allocated a bag of plastics (thank you for sending these in - they've now been recycled!). Each piece of plastic had a label on it showing where the plastic originated from. We had plastic bottles from Peru, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the USA. The children worked together to use atlases to research the journey the plastic would have taken to reach the North Pacific gyre. They thought about the animals that their plastic would have passed, as well as the countries and oceans. They then used this research to write about the journey. There was some very impressive writing, with lots of children trying really hard to include expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and collective nouns.
We also had representatives for Braintree Council visit us to talk about how recycling and waste works locally. We learnt some very interesting facts, for example there is no limit as to how many times glass can be recycled!
Today, the children spent the morning visiting the different countries and trying some local cuisine. A very exciting week!
In other news, during silent reading last week, William spotted a mistake in the book he was reading. We decided to send a polite letter to the publisher pointing out the error. They replied to William, and one day last week, he came home from school to a huge parcel! They sent him two books as a thank you for spotting the mistake! Well done William - it shows that William is really considering what he is reading and thinking about the story the whole time.