We have been finding out about Africa in lots of different ways this half term.

Earlier in the term we showed you our myths based upon Tinga Tinga tales. We also learned about the artist Edward Tingatinga and incorporated his use of colour and pattern into African masks then made some African sunset pictures.

We learned about it’s geographical features on Seesaw and generated African facts.

For homework we wrote acrostic poems about Africa, using the letters in the word ‘Africa’ at the start of each line.

How you can help at home:

The children love comparing places – especially if they are familiar places. In school we practice identifying human (bridges/buildings) and physical (cliffs/beaches) features and look at aerial views and maps of places of interest.

The National Curriculum says children  should : use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

When out and about in Bushey draw your child’s attention to the landmarks – Bushey Rose Garden, King George Park, Statues, important buildings. Discuss distance with them from your home – “How long did it take us to get here?” “Is that nearer our home than the park?” “How do you know?”

If you have a compass take it with you. We have practised identifying the compass points and finding North within the school grounds. Can your child tell you a landmark that is South of your home?

Have fun rediscovering the local area.