This week we found out where Scotland is on a world map, on a map of Europe and in the UK. Within Scotland we identified where the big cities are and what the different parts of Scotland are called. We had to listen carefully for information in these tasks as well as carefully observing maps and finding information on websites.
Luckily for us we can watch the film 'Brave' as part of our topic. We had a good discussion about how the animation was made - first the script, then the actors read the script with lots of expression and the animators fit the drawings to the recorded voices.
But how accurate is the film? What is made up? How did the film makers use myth, legend and folktale and how did they mix it with the real landscape and history of Scotland? We looked at a video by Ray Mears to find out about the Caledonian Pine Forest and the animals that live there.
Then we had a debate about whether animals that used to live wild in Scotland like wolves, beavers and bears should be re-introduced. We all had to listen carefully and respond to the opinions of the other team.
We are also finding out about apps for the ipad.
We hope that we will be making our own animations this year with an ipad app!
If you have found any useful problem solving or puzzle apps please let us know by commenting below this post.