Welcome to Explorers

Explorers is taught by Miss Martin. She is supported by Mrs Simmons.

In Explorers,children will be immersed in a theme providing them with opportunities to lead their own learning, apply previously taught skills and learn new knowledge about the world.


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What a busy week in Explorers!

Throughout the week we have learned all about the Battle of Hastings.  We have looked at images of the Bayeux tapesty to help us learn about what happened. We asked lots of questions and year 2 have used search engines to search for the answers. We looked at key figures involved in the battle and held debate on who we thought was the rightful king. All of the children worked particularly hard on their sketching of a normal solder and we cannot wait for you to come and see them. 

Here are some animations made by year 2  showing the events of the battle.


This week in Explorers we have learned all about Motte and Bailey castles.  We used the sand pit build one as a group before making our own models checking that we had all of the features including: motte, bailey, keep, palisade and a ditch.  Year 1 and 2 children have drawn a detailed picture and labelled the features as well as  stating why these features  helped to protect the castle. Outside we have looked after the new royal baby and constructed large castles with bricks.


This week all of the EYFS and KS1 children enjoyed a visit to Clitheroe Castle  Click here to view our visit. 

Our year 2 Explorers made  power points to present their  experience on the visit.



This week in Explorers we have worked hard in teams. Everybody had a job to do to make our learning a success. It was great to hear all of the kind words of encouragement between team members. 

We have learned all about St George and the Dragon.  Reception children worked with others from year 1 and 2 to thinks of some describing words. They then painted a dragon and used the words to write a sentence. Year 1 wrote their own posters. They used some fantastic vocabulary to describe the dragon.Here are some examples from Daniel and Finley ' He has blazing blood, red eyes and wet dribble drips from his mouth.' ' Be careful his fiery breath can kill you instantly'  We have also designed our own shield and selected our own media to decorate it.


This week in Explorers we have learned all about knights. We have found out about the stages of becoming a knight and what kind of training you would do. Did you know that knights begin training at age 7! Year 1 and 2 wrote information texts explaining each stage. The reception children thought about the qualities of knight and the things that they do, they also wrote a knights promise together.  We have practiced our cutting skills by creating a split pin knight. However our favorite part of the week was when we worked in mixed aged teams to draw a knight and label the armour accurately.

We all helped Miss Timmins build a castle in Explorers. It is that big that we have used wallpaper to create a brick effect. Hopefully by the time we come back to Explorers the castle will have further additions such as battlements and turrets.  


We have made a fantastic start transforming the Explorers classroom into a castle. Our reception children enjoyed selecting different paint brushes and rollers to paint the role play area and they used charcoals to shade bricks. They all agreed Explorers would not be a castle without a drawbridge. With the help of Miss Fewings they collected the things they needed to make one. We have also explored stained glass windows and the stories that they might tell. We all designed our own and had  a go at making a stained glass window biscuit. 

We have thought about the parts of a castle and new vocabulary such as battlement, turrets and moats and how these elements helped to protect the castle from invaders. Year 1 and 2 created their own dictionaries and the reception children enjoyed building castles and using stick labels to label the parts.


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Save the Arctic!

This week in Explorers we have learned all about the  effects of plastic and pollution. We have learned what causes it and how we can help prevent more damage been done to the Arctic. 




Yesterday was SNOWTASTIC

Explorers made the most of the snowy weather and although it did not stick , it did not stop us from exploring. We learned how to focus portable microscopes and record our observations verbally on our see and speak device.   We were counting how many  snowflakes we could catch and observed them up close.   As George said it was 'WOW'. We couldn't believe how delicate and intricate the snowflakes were.  In the afternoon we gathered our WOW vocabulary and created a shape poem in the shape of different snowflakes.   Of course we all had some questions   for example : How far do snow flakes travel ? How is snow made? Is snow really white? Throughout the rest of the week we will research about snowflakes to try and answer our questions. 


The Perfect Predator

This week our Explorers have learned all about polar bears. They researched the answers to their questions and discovered that polar bears are amazing predators. Did you know that polar bears can smell a seal from 20 miles away?  Their senses and super thick fur helps polar bears to survive in the cold, Arctic. 

Not only have we research but we have thought about what polar bears  have, can do and  are.  We created our very own polar bear to showcase our learning this week.   


We have continued to explore penguins this week in Explorers . In addition to the learning form last week we have also thought about how to  protect penguins.   We considered how over fishing and pollution can harm penguins and their habitats . We also discovered how guardian dogs are being used on an island of the coast of Australia to protect a colony of 'little penguins'. We found that the dogs protect the penguins from land predators such as foxes.


This week in Explorers we have learned all about Penguins.   We have sketched, painted and made clay models making sure we get the correct shapes and shades of colour.   Reception children have also focused on the story Lost and Found. Using stick puppets they retold and ordered the story using photographs. They then used these to write their own book.

Year 1 and 2 took to the big screen! They watched a short Pingu clip and thought about how to make their own movies. They used a storyboard to draft a short Pingu story then used 'I Can Animate' and a green screen  to produce it. 

We have all learned many new fascinating facts about penguins and some of us used our knew found knowledge to write information booklets. 




This week in Explorers we have introduced our new theme 'The Poles'. We have learned some of the similarities and difference between Antarctica and The Arctic including location and the different species of animals.This lead into painting and learning some facts about penguins. Year 1 wrote a short book and reception children painted penguins and wrote a sentence about them.  Year 2 decided to research animals they didn't know much about such as the caribou. They used KWL grids and found the answers to their questions using google. They then created their own book and included a content page.

Year 1 have enjoyed creating an Arctic themed story and used I Can Animate to create their own movies. They are hoping to learn how to use the green screen to make it look like it was filmed in the Arctic.

We all enjoyed Yoga in P.E and listened to some relaxing music whilst observing the northern lights. We then though of lots of describing words and created some northern light inspired word art. We changed the font and its colour to represent the beautiful colours and patterns of the northern lights. 

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In Explorers this week we have been thinking about space travel. We imagined what it would be like to discover a new planet. We then designed and made our planets using felt. It was really tricky to cut and we had to preserver. Year 2 practiced their sewing by stitching the felt pieces together.We have also used drawing gum to draw our mission and used water paint to paint around it.

We also used stop motion animation to tell our own stories about aliens on the Moon.


This week in explorers we have found out about the history of space travel. We have focused on the animals that have gone to space and held a debate about whether we should send animals to space in the future.  Year 1 and 2 have researched significant events in space travel and with support have been able to put them in chronological order. We used this to write a non chronological report using words to describe order such as first, next and after.

All of the reception children have enjoyed helping to finish the Eagle so  that they could role play later in the week. They have also used an app on the I-pads called Chatterpix. They used it to bring their drawings to life. Please follow the QR code link above to view some of our work.


This week in explorers we have learned about the moon. We have thought about what people did to celebrate the moon landing and the astronauts on Apollo 11. We learned that the module that landed on the Moon was called the Eagle and with help from Miss Timmins and Mrs Cornforth we are building a replica.


This half term in Explorers we will be exploring 'The Moon'. All of the children in reception , year 1 and 2 have had a moon diary and an opportunity to observe the moon over the last four weeks. We will be using those as a conversation starter comparing one another diaries.  We have created phases of the moon spinners  and focused on the names for each phase.

This weeks  explorers have created a mod rock moon surface. We have investigated creating different shades grey  and how to blend using charcoals, graphite and paints. We then used this to paint the mod rock like the surface of the moon. We cant wait for it to dry so we can role play using space buggies. Did you know there are three Luna Rovers on the moon right now!  

Using our knowledge of space buggies we have had  a go at designing and making our own. We will test them on different surface later this week to see if they will work on the bumpy, dusty surface of the moon.

Our year 1 and 2 children have also  carried out research on Neil Armstrong.



Starry Night

This week in Explorers we have learned about Van Gogh and his Starry Night painting. We started by investigating different media such as oil pastels, paint and charcoal before trying different ways to apply paint . We used ear buds and our fingers. It was very very messy! We then had a go at creating our own version of Starry Night. We also worked together on a collage using a variety of blues and yellows. Year 2 have research different constellations and written information pages about them and year 1 have written wonderful STAR acrostic poems. Well done Explorers!



All of our Explorers have learned about constellations this week. They have drawn and constructed constellations as well as making up their own. Together we learned about how the constellations were named from Greek myths such as Hercules. We have also learned about the work of Galileo. We all designed our own telescopes and had a go at building them out of junk modelling equipment. Our reception children also wrote a list of all the things they could see in their telescopes whilst years 1 and 2 have written information pages.


Over the last two weeks we have been exploring the eight planets in our solar system. Year 2 have used books to research facts and create information pages. Every body has worked together to papier mache and mod rock the first 6 planets and we hope to have the complete solar system by the end of next week.  Using plastercine we have all had a try at creating our own solar system remembering that the sun is in the center. Year 1 and 2 not only thought about the size of each planet but also the distance from the sun. 

We have listened to Holst's planets compositions and have enjoyed guessing the planets. 


This week in Explorers we have learned everything their is to know about rockets.  The reception children used junk modelling materials to build their own rockets and used a variety of shapes to create their very own shape rocket.   Year 1 and 2 children carried out an investigation on balloon rockets. They used their I wonder questions to think of different things they could find out. Henry used the word 'Aerodynamic' he explained its meaning and how this could make the balloon rocket go faster. Eli even compared the engine of a jumbo jet to that of a rocket. He found out that rockets use fuel and pure oxygen where  jet engines use fuel and air instead.


To infinity and beyond!

Our trainee astronauts have had a great time exploring space this week. They were keen to find out how astronauts live on board the International Space Station and how it would be different from living on Earth. As a result we have built our very own  ISS and filled it with fascinating facts. 

Earlier this week mystery items were found in our outdoor area.  We concluded that  an alien spaceship must have crash landed and that the alien gloop trail suggests an alien is on the loose in Ansdell.  We have re built the ship and made posters. Please let us know if you spot the alien. 



The Rainforest 


This week in Explorers we have learned about Fairtrade. Pablo the Super Banana took us to a banana farm in Columbia. We were sad learn that the banana farmers are earning very little for their hard work. It seemed very unfair! Luckily others think it is unfair too and if we buy Fairtrade bananas it means the farmers will earn a fair amount of money and they will be able to look after their families.



Save the Rainforest!!

Did you know that thousands of trees are being cut down in the rainforest? This week we have learned  all about deforestation. Our year 2 children carried out some research and came up with some ideas on how to save our rainforests.  Check back later this week to see some of our work and ideas,


This week in Explorers we have labelled the parts of a plant and thought about what they need to grow well.  We have tasted, designed and made ice lollies using our favourite rainforest fruits.  Not only have we thought about what we like to eat but also what other animals eat. This led into creating different food chains. We have also carried out some research about  other people who live in the rainforest and compared their lives to our own. The children were very keen to share their learning with their grown ups and performed a short 'show' for them on Friday. 


What a tasty week! In Explorers we have learned all about plants and how they grow. We have labelled parts of a plant and focused on the fruits that grow in the rainforest. We tasted a variety of fruits including: grapefruit, figs, passion fruit, mango and papaya. We later designed and made an ice lolly using these fruits and practised our chopping skills. All of the children have helped maintain the Explorers salad garden, they watered the plants, removed the weeds and finally they were able to sample our lettuce and radish.


Its great having the same Explores back this week. Before half term  when in Explorers they were keen to find out more about frogs and toads. They identified that they are amphibians and have researched the life cycle of frogs. This week kicked of with our KS1 Zoo Visit. Please see the link above  to see our reviews and pictures from the day.  The Rain forest lesson reinforced the things we have been learning in Explorers and it was great that the children were using some of the key vocabulary such as equator, predator and prey. They zoo staff were impressed  that the children could name and locate the rain forest as well all of the rain forests layers.


This week in Explorers we have learned all about the Amazon and the Congo rivers. Year 2 researched the two rivers and compared them. The Amazon was the longest but the Congo was much deeper.  Year 1 and reception found out about the different creatures that live in the Amazon river including pink dolphins and bull sharks. Together we built a river in Explorers and year 2 labeled the parts of the river such as the 'mouth' and 'source'.


What is a rainforest without rain?

Our year 1 explorers were not impressed with our rainforest. They said 'How can it be a rainforest without rain?' So they worked together to make clouds and rain drops. Mrs Cornforth also bought in a tarantula skin for us to look at. We researched why tarantulas shed their skin and have built a large tarantula. Year 2 children wrote information pages about them and year 1 and reception continued to focus on the rainforest habitat. 



Did you know the rainforest is built in layers?  

This weeks Explorers have investigated the four layers of the rainforest. They have made picture books, and fact sheets about the four layers and the animals that live in them. We discovered that it is very dark on the rainforest floor due to the thick canopy. The canopy acts like an umbrella  because of this it can take up to ten minutes for rain to land on the forest floor.


We have  also planted our own seeds and continued to look after the ones planted by the previous Explorers. We used a tape measure to measure the height of the Explorers room so that we could build trees. We then measured tubes and used saws to cut them to the correct height. 


This weeks Explorers have made full use of the salad garden and minibeast hotel. They have used bug views to observe the different residence and practised their observational drawings. They have collected data using tally charts and block graphs. They have also written rainforest inspired poems using their five senses.

During the holidays Explorers has had a makeover. Thanks to the PTFA our outdoor area is looking fab, its clean, tidy and they have added a splash of colour. To improve the outdoor environment further the children in explorers this week have  filled in the  dig pit and transformed into a  salad  garden and planting area. They have also decided that they would like to build a home for insects and other bugs and have started to build a minibeast hotel.  We thought about the environment that minibeasts can be found in and the conditions that they prefer. Through looking at minibeasts in the allotment and pictures of other minibeast hotels we decided that we needed a dark and damp environment with small holes and crevices to protect the smaller insects from predators.  We then  went on a walk around school to collect different materials to attract a variety of different insects and weaved miniature houses to add to the hotel.We hope that next weeks Explorers will help us to finish it.

The children have loved learning about the rainforest, especially the array of different plants an animals. We have built a tree house and used drawing gum to sketch our favourite animal next time we will build on these art skill and use wax/batik technique. The year 2 children used books and the internet to research their favourite animal and have produced an information page.  In music we have started to learn a rainforest themed song and have started to investigate the different rhythms and instruments made for natural materials. 


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Where has time gone! Here in Explorers we have continued to learn all about the Prehistoric World.

This week we have focused on the land its self.  In teams year one and two children have researched the three continents at the time of the dinosaurs and have created some wonderful posters to showcase their learning. All explorers have looked at volcanoes and explored the difference between magma and lava. We also carried out a viscosity test. We can not wait for you to see our results on Friday. 


The focus in Explorers this week is Sir Richard Owen. The children have been using the internet and books to find out about his work as a Paleontologist. This fitted in perfectly as some of the children had recently visited the Natural History Museum in London. The children have found out all about his link with the dinosaurs and the museum. As a result our Explorers were keen to transform our class into a Museum and they can not wait to show their grown ups on Friday.

We have also investigated frozen dinosaur eggs this week. On Monday we watched the eggs and observed them as they melted. It took all day before the dinosaurs hatched. On Tuesday we held a voted and decided to pour hot water on to the tray with the eggs. This melted the eggs much quicker and they were hatched by lunch. Today we decided to rub them with our hands whilst they were in water. By morning playtime the dinosaurs had hatched.  Now we wonder how we might keep them frozen so Jacob could send them to his family in Australia.


In Explorers we have  sorted different dinosaurs according to their diet. We looked at the features of these dinosaurs and considered how the teeth of herbivores and carnivores differ. We were allowed to explore the school kitchen where we photographed a range of food to sort. Year 1 and 2 used photo editing software to crop and change the brightness of their photographs. Reception children wrote a list of food they would feed a pet dinosaur and some even wrote recipes.


This week in Explorers we have traveled to the Jurassic Period.  We have researched and discovered it was a time of growth. The land was full of plants and the dinosaurs grew and grew!

We decided that Explores need more of a transformation so we have worked to together to make some foliage and some fly Pterodactyls. Reception children practiced their counting and year 1 and 2 had to apply their knowledge of even and odd numbers to help sort the dinosaurs stuck in the swamp. 


The egg has hatched and Dizzy escaped! 

We have put our geography skills to the test this week as we follow Dizzy on his journey around the UK. So far he has visited Manchester, Crewe and Birmingham. We have used postcodes and digital maps to track him. We predict he will continue his journey south towards London. We have received several emails and responded using our purple mash email accounts.


What a week! 

Dinosaur Mike gave our week a kick start. We were so inspired we created our own dinosaur and labelled it using the correct vocabulary. We have had a big focus on 3D shapes. We have started to build a huge volcano, used blocks to build 3D dinosaurs with given properties, baked 3D biscuits and collaged a 3D T-Rex. It has helped to to think about the different ways structures are built and joined. 

Check back later in the week for pictures of our work.



Dinosaurs have invade Explorers: eggs have been laid and footprints smear the windows.

This weeks Explorers have all been eager to find out about the variety of different dinosaurs from the largest Argintosaurs to the fearsome T-Rex. 

We used our measuring skills to accurately measure  dinosaurs to scale. The T-Rex was the hardest to measure at 15m, it was so long we nearly ran out of space. 

Under the Sea 


All aboard !

This week the explorers took a step back in time, finding out about the Titanic. We were interested in her journey and the different types of passengers on board.


We collaged different materials to create our first class dinning wear and used different construction materials to  build the Titanic. Year 1 children have learned to tell the time using o'clock and half past and year 2's have also learned to tell the time in 5 minute intervals. They used their knowledge of time to record and sequence the events of the Titanic. We have also written information leaflets, newspaper reports and postcards.



Plastic, plastic everywhere!

The children were very annoyed at the litter left in Explorers over the weekend. After having a big clean up we began researching ocean pollution. Our reception children made a dirty ocean and discussed the effect on the sea creatures. We have all made posters and leaflets to inform others about the dangers of plastic, oil and over fishing. 

Using our maths and science  skills we sorted the different materials and created pictograms and tally charts. 

Year 1 children searched for and saved different images of ocean pollution. They learned how to use Pic Collage to add text to their images. 

Year 2 searched for and saved their own images. They then used Movie Maker to create a short movie including text and sound.


What an adventure we have had in Explorers this week! We have learned all about Captain James Cook one of the first ocean explorers. Using the atlas, globes and google maps we have tracked his three voyages. Did you know it was Captain James Cook who mapped the east coast of Australia and claimed it for England? 

We also used junk modelling equipment to  make a replica of 'The Endeavor'.

As well as learning about Captain James Cook we have also learned how to  stitch and weave. Some of us stitched fish and filled it with polystyrene whilst others in year 2 designed and created their own sea creature beanie babies. 




This week has been the trickiest yet. We have learned all about waves. Blowing through straws on water, researching and observing water heating up we concluded that the longer the wind blows, the stronger the wind blows and the warmer the water the bigger the waves will be. 

We have also explored the painting by JMW Turner an artist from the 17 hundreds. We used table salt, rock salt, cotton wool, and blotting paper towels to  create different textures in our paint. We  then selected our favorite techniques to create our own stormy sea paintings. 

We also enjoyed learning to recite a poem from memory. We used musical instruments, movements, and a poetry box to help use investigate the vocabulary. 

Our Material Wave Art

The Sea

by John Foster

The sea can be angry.

The sea can be rough.

The sea can be wild.

The sea can be tough.


The sea can rip.

The sea can tear.

The sea can roar

like a hungry bear.


The sea can be gentle.

The sea can be flat.

The sea can be calm

as a sleeping cat.


The sea can glide

over the sand.,

stroking the beach

Like a giant hand.


This week is creative arts week across school. The Lazy Mondays kick started our week playing music through the decades and all of the Explorers rejoined their classes for a dance workshop. 

We have all produced a canvas using drawing gum. It was exciting to watch how the gum stopped our water colours from working.  We also created our own paint-MUD PAINT. We used the mud and powder paint mixture to create our own sea turtle paintings outside. In addition we made our own natural world paint brushes inspired from the world around us.  We found items such as daisies, pine cones and leaves and we attached them to twigs to create our paint brushes. 

Once again in explorers we have focused on sea turtles particularly their life cycle. We used a variety of instruments to create and record own sound track to the sea turtles life cycle. 

Lilah, Natalie and Martha playing their sea turtle life cycle

Macie-J performing her sea turtle composition


Ask this weeks explorers about sea turtles; they are experts. We have found out about the 7 different species of sea turtles and compared there lengths. We worked cooperatively to accurately measure the lengths. Explorers have also used stop motion to create short animation about the life cycle of sea turtles. 



This week in Explorers we have re visited the layers of the ocean however, we focused on the trench and abyss. The children made scratch art to represent the bioluminescence of the some of the deep sea creatures as well as research and discuss some of the strange features that deep sea creatures have. Once again the children have added to the environment by building a trench they used black bin liners to create a dark hole and filled it with glow sticks and glow in the dark balloons. They had a great time pretending to be an angler and viper fish. 


This week in Explorers we have found out all about the Great Barrier Reef. We discovered that the reef is larger than 70 million football pitches! We also made a variety of different corals that can be found on the reef. 




There is something fishy  going on in Explorers this week.  

This weeks Explorers have watched the video and have started to sequence the events and role play the variety of sea creatures using Miss Martin's washing. 


This week we had our first reception Explorers and they were fantastic. It was all hands on deck whilst building our submarine. Thank you to all the children that went home and found out about what happens inside submarines and why people use them.  


We continued to find facts about the 5 oceans and have added them to the oceans made by Olivia and Liam last week. 


Well done our first Explorers. They have learned all about the 5 oceans and many different creatures that can be found. We  worked together as a team to create a water paint seascape. It included using wax crayons and salt to draw our favourite sea creatures . We have practised our number skills based on a variety of under the sea themed games and found a variety of our high frequency words in the rock pool.