Mr Benn Travels Across The Five Continents
The Year Two children were extremely excited when we received a postcard
from Mr Benn at the start of the Spring term, which asked us to join him on
his tour of the seven continents of the world.
First we had to learn the names of the continents and locate them on a
map. This was easy with the help of a little song that gets stuck in your
head… ask us to teach you it and you’ll never forget them either!
We explored each of the continents in turn,
thinking about various geographical features,
artwork and much more. Each week left us eager
to find out where we would be travelling next!
Here are a few of our highlights:
We went on a tour of South America and got to visit lots of the countries. In the Amazon rainforest, we had
to dodge a toucan flying overhead, hide from a jaguar and try not to get our toes bitten by the piranhas in
the Amazon River... and that was only the start of it. We definitely caught the travelling bug!
One week, interesting packages arrived for Miss Coady and Miss Marsden
including scarves, gloves and big boots… it didn’t take us long to realise that
we were going to Antarctica. We enjoyed making our own igloos and then
investigated what would happen to them if we built them in Antarctica,
Europe and Africa. We ended up with a huge puddle on the carpet from the
igloo in “Africa”. We had great fun creating play-doh maps to show the main
rivers, deserts and mountains in Africa. Although we ended up with purple
mountains! We were also extremely lucky to have Neela’s grandmother visit
us to share music and traditional clothes from Kenya. Miss Marsden and
Miss Coady felt very elegant wearing a sari and bindi.
In Australia we created our own boomerangs and
decorated them with Aboriginal artwork. They
didn’t all come back when we threw them, but we
tried our best!
One of our final destinations was ‘The Big Apple.’
We spotted lots of skyscrapers on the landscape
and decided to have a ‘skyscraper challenge.’ We
worked in teams and had 30 minutes to
create the tallest, strongest skyscraper using
a range of materials. We were all surprised to discover that newspaper
created one of the strongest and tallest.
We had a brilliant time and were very sad when it all came to an end.