Having a class pet has brought a new responsibility for the whole class but it has also brought an abundance of new learning opportunities!
In Science we are learning about living things, in particular the 7 life processes: movement, respiration, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, reproduction and growth. We have worked in groups to research how a hamster shows these different life processes. We produced posters for our display and learnt lots of new interesting facts e.g. a Syrian hamster will grow to be approximately 15cm long.
We have also thought about what is inside us and had a go at labelling the bones and organs of both a human being and a hamster. We were particularly interested to find that hamsters, like us, are mammals so we actually have a lot in common. For instance, we both have a body covered in fur or hair and we are both vertebrates.
In PSHCE we sometimes like to talk about things that are happening in the world around us at particular times in the year. Recently, the Hindu festival of ‘Holi’ has been celebrated in India and Nepal. This is a very colourful festival which celebrates the arrival of Spring. We had great fun designing colourful tiles to put together to create our very own ‘Holi’ hamster!
We are excited to see how ‘Hammy’ will help us with our learning over the next few weeks and look forward to sharing our learning with you!