THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
This term, our topic in Year 5 is the Amazon Rainforest. The children will be learning about the Amazon Rainforest- the largest rainforest in the world! This topic will link together the children's learning in English, Geography, Science, Reading and Art. The children will be exploring where rainforests are situated and why; the different types of animals, plants and humans who make the rainforest their home and the climates necessary to support a living rainforest.
During week 1 of Spring Term 2, the children focused their work in English on poetry about the rainforest. Through the poetry, we learnt a lot about the layers of the rainforest and protecting the rainforests of our world. We explored the use of personification, rhyming schemes, expanded noun phrases, metaphore and similies to add imagery to poems. Finally the children wrote a short poem about the "A Day in the Rainforest."
Over the next few weeks, the children will be learning about narratives which raise issues. Using Lynne Cherry's brilliant book, The Great Kapok Tree, the children will be creating a two-sided argument on deforestation and the implications of this on wildlife, humans and future generations.
This term the children are going to learn how to:
As part of our maths curriculum we are using Active Maths, which combines the outside environment and P.E to teach and reinforce maths skills.
In geography, the children have been exploring the rainforests of the world. The children will be able to identify the different rainforests of the world, where they are located and why. They will be able to comment on climate and which climates are needed to ensure a rainforests survival and they will be able to explain what a tropical rainforest is. In particular the children will be exploring South America and will be able to identify which countries include the Amazon Rainforest as part of their landscape.
This term the children will be exploring the work of painter Henri Rosseau, a French painter famous for developing landscapes with a jungle theme. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, the children will be delving into Rosseau's work, using it as the inspiration for their own jungle landscape creation. We will be focusing on:
In science the children will be exploring the life cycles of certain animals. The children will be able to identify the life cycles of various animals for example birds, amphibians and insects. They will be able to use words such as metamorphosis to describe the changes some animals and insects undergo as part of their life cycles. They will understand and be able to explain the life cycle of a plant and distinguish insect pollinated and wind pollinated plants.
National Science Week
The week beginning 13th March was a special week in school as we recognised National Science Week. The children were able to plan and carry out their own investigation on the life cycle of a flowering plan, concentrating on germination. The children took part in science based learning all week, creating a poster of their investigation and setting up their own stall at the science fair during the day and were able to see all the exciting things the other year groups had been doing throughout the week.