Throughout this term much of our learning has been linked to owls.
To start us off we read the novel The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark and wrote poems describing what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel in the dark. A search campaign ensued after our class friend Plop the barn owl disappeared for a few days out the classroom window. Lost posters were created and circulated, then following his safe return the pupils wrote about the adventures Plop had during his time away.
In science we learned about habitats and food chains, discovering how different living things depend on one another. We researched what features make owls good hunters and learned how they hunt their prey. We used prediction, investigation and reporting skills when we dissected owl pellets, with a very surprising find hidden inside (ask one of us about this)!
In expressive arts we studied the features of different species of owls, drew sketches and made 3D collages. It was interesting to see how different these all turned out. We rounded off our owl topic by exploring the movement of owls through expressive dance, telling the story of owl life in four parts.
1. Listening to sound, waking and taking an owl form and scanning the land
2. In flight (surging upwards, soaring, tilting, turning and swooping)
3. Owls peering, focusing on a point
4. Hovering over the prey before pouncing.
We think our colourful masks added to the final performance.