Home on the Range

This term our topic is entitled Home on the Range. In it we will be exploring the history and geography of the "Wild West". We will be learning about the lifestyle and culture of Native Americans, settlers, cowboys and cowgirls. We have already learned about the difference between wigwams and teepees and between the Woodland tribes and Plains tribes. 

Topic Homework 

The topic homework grid is currently being created. One member of class has already brought in his toy teepee and Native American people. Another has experimented with making paint from leaves and spices. 

Building teepees

We have enjoyed finding out the difference between wigwams and teepees this week. (Wigwams are more permanant structures made of bent wooden poles, covered with reeds, bark or animal skin. Teepees are more temporary tents, made from about 12 long poles and a covering of animal hide). We had a go at building a large teepee together in the polytunnel and then tried to make mini ones with cocktail sticks. We practised dismantling and then reassembling them, just as the Plains tribes would have done, and we realised that we were getting quicker and more skillful.