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The Swiss Family Robinson

Oh no!! This week in MP3 we have been SHIPWRECKED!! Our ’Swiss Family Robinson’ themed week all began on Monday morning, when our ship sank somewhere on the way to New Guinea.

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At BIS, we have a creative approach to our learning and throughout the year we have certain themed weeks.  Our ‘Brilliant Books’ celebration didn’t mean we stopped teaching all the other subjects, but rather, gave us a context to through which to teach maths, science, DT, English and PSHE.  As you follow through the week, you will see how these subjects are embedded in what we do.

On Tuesday, after a terrible night’s sleep, we woke up and were ready to EXPLORE THE ISLAND!

Whilst exploring, we found coconuts washed up on the beach (which we broke into with our BARE HANDS and then we solved logic puzzles when deciding how to get the animals from the shipwreck and onto the beach! After this we found fruits in the jungle but had no way to carry them, so we decided to collect some leaves and weave baskets which we then used to carry the fruits. Finally, some of Milepost 3 made some shelters so that they could get a better night’s sleep than they did on Monday.

On Wednesday we decided that it was time to RETURN TO THE SHIPWRECK. For this, we had to make a raft. So, we set to work in our house teams to create rafts that would get us back to the ship. (Hopefully we will be able to test these soon!)

As we settled into island life – with no sign of rescue – we decided it was time for us to think about BUILDING A STRONGER HOME! Basing our ideas on the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’s’ tree house, we were able to build (miniature) tree houses as our new homes.

Finally, on Friday, with relief we began to think about the PROMISE OF HOME! We read about how ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ ended and compared how books and films are often very different.

Overall – it was an absolutely fantastic week being marooned on our desert island but I’m sure that we’ll all be very glad to finally go home!

Kirstine Porter, Year 6 Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus

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