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Curwen Primary School


Summer Update

The Amazon, Literacy and Ancient Benin

This summer term we have been learning all about the Amazon this year and in Literacy we wrote about what it would be like to be lost in the rainforest. To help us prepare for our writing this term, we had an amazing trip to Paradise Wildlife Park! We saw lots of different animals, including parrots, gibbon monkeys and leopards. Some of us liked the giant anaconda, but some of the teachers were a bit scared…!

There was also a rainforest room at the park. We got to go in and experience the climate of the rainforest. We couldn’t believe how humid it was! This really helped us to write our descriptive stories. We had a brilliant day.

With the days getting longer and the sun shining, the summer term offers even more opportunities for the children to learn outside of the classroom.

To aid the children’s understanding of Ancient Benin in their topic lessons, Year 4 made the journey to south east London and visited Horniman Museum and gardens. As a part of their learning the children attended a talk by one of the museum’s in-house historians who explained how the ancient city of Benin was formed, who ruled it and how we know who they were today. The children were lucky enough to see and handle artefacts from the time and had the opportunity to question an expert in the topic. This had a real impact on their learning on returning to class and they were able to fully access the subject.

The children were a credit to the school on both trips and I hope this will continue with future trips to this fantastic museum!