Academic Prep Yrs 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 build rainforest-inspired shelters in Thornton’s woodland.

Year 3 and Year 4 pupils have been drawing on their imagination and ingenuity to construct mini homes and shelters in the school grounds.

The girls watched a powerpoint presentation about the homes inhabited by the different tribes in the rainforests of this world. Most of the abodes are made from materials directly sourced from natural materials, they learnt, and made primarily from wood, reeds and straw.

With this knowledge, the classes spread out in the school’s wooded area – our Buckinghamshire version of the rainforest! Working in small groups, they had just 30 minutes to construct a mini shelter of their own. It could be supported by trees or freestanding and it could be made from twigs, moss, branches and leaves. Most important, it had to be capable of keeping the occupants both warm and dry, something Mrs Macleod put to the test with a watering can after the girls had completed their task.


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