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Turtle Watch has completed the task of bringing turtles back to Honu Island! You can see the events, week by week, below. During their time as Turtle Watch the children learnt a lot. The topic had a strong geography focus but we also covered science, D.T. and art at various points. The children all talked about how much they had enjoyed being Turtle Watch and they did a fantastic job throughout the half term. 
Have a good half term holiday. We are half way through Year 1 already!
Miss Nash :0)
The children heard of a legendary island in the Polynesian triangle. They created it together adding geogrpahical features. Together we decided where it would be on the globe.
The children heard the legend of the Honu. The first people to come to the island were travellers who became shipwrecked in a storm. An enormous green turtle rescued them and took them to the island. From then on, the island was called Honu Island. The children created a statue of the Honu to pay their respects, and wrote an ode to him. 
The chilren came across a closed beach. They learnt that it was Mombasa beach and it was closed for turtle tracking activities. Of course, they wanted to join in so each pair of children chose a turtle to measure, name and add a tracker to. 
After the children attached their trackers, the turtles appeared on a turtle tracking map on our classroom wall. From here, the children became Turtle Watch. They decided they wanted to keep tracking their turtles to see where they would go. A couple of times each week the children recorded their turtles' locations by naming oceans and compass directions. 
As 'Turtle Watch' became known for their expertise in green turtles, they received a letter. It came from the chief of Honu Island. There had been no turtles on the island for ten years and she wanted the help of Turtle Watch to find out why, and to bring turtles back. The children were keen to help.
The first thing to investigate was human activity on the island. Turtle Watch learnt that a lot had changed in the past few years; there were hotels near the beaches, tourists all over the beaches and beach-front restaurants. The team visited the island to find out more. On return, they produced some maps of Honu showing where the human features should go, in order to provide peaceful beaches for the turtles. To do this they created symbols and a key of human physical features. 
Turtle Watch met some children from the island. These children had seen a video clip showing turtle hatchlings on Honu! Sadly, they were struggling because of the amount of litter on the beach. The team got to work, finding out how to help the turtles and cleaning up the beach. 
The children learnt that a fisherperson on Honu had  caught one of their turtles in her net! Using the tracker on our wall they deduced it must be Fred. Fred was injured due to the plastic in the ocean. The team spoke to the island vet who assured them that Fred would be okay. However, she explained that there was so much plastic in the ocean around Honu that turtles were not safe there. The team got to work, making litter grabbers (using card and split pins) and other useful tools. They went to the ocean and cleaned it up. While there, they found several injured turtles that needed their emergency first aid. 
The children met Chief Kekepania and told her about all of the work they had been doing to track turtles and to make Honu Island a better habitat for them. She thanked them and invited them to come to the beach to call to the turtles; the children agreed and at midnight, and full moon, went to call the turtles home. The turtles came in to the newly cleaned beach. To mark this occasion, the children made honu statues out of clay.