Year 5 - Red WolF class
Yr 5 takes its name from the fascinating Red Wolf. As a result of hunting and the destruction of its habitat, the Red Wolf is one of the most endangered canines in the world. They came very close to extinction when, in the U.S in 1970, it was discovered that there were fewer than 20 living in the wild. Thankfully the local wildlife authority captured the 14 remaining red wolves they could find in the wild so that they could breed in captivity. These wolves are the ancestors of the 100-120 animals that now live in North Carolina, the first animal to be successfully reintroduced after being declared extinct in the wild.
Red Wolves are smaller and leaner than their Grey Wolf cousins. Their coats are mostly a brown colour but they sometimes have a reddish tint to their fur, hence the name. They have large ears and an excellent sense of smell to help them track their prey. Their black tipped bushy tail, as well as their howl, enables them to communicate effectively with other wolves
Red Wolves play an important role in their ecosystem, keeping numbers of prey like deer and raccoons in check. This is vital as if populations of such animals become too bit there is a risk that these creatures will consume all available nutrients in their habitat. If this were to happen all animals in the ecosystem would suffer.
Amongst many others, the red wolf remains a critically endangered species and we hope that by teaching children about these beautiful creatures we can encourage the children to be environmentally aware as the future caretakers of this planet.
IPC and STEM
At the start of the half term our topic learning will be based around the Virging Make £5 Grow Project. Click the link below to find out more about this exciting opportunity. 'Make £5 Grow gives young people aged between 9 and 11 years old the opportunity to take a loan of £5 each from Virgin Money to start their own ‘mini’ business.' In groups, the children will come up with a product, order supplies and create it before marketing it and selling it at a special school sale.
Once that is in motion, we will start our IPC topic Mission to Mars. This unit gives children a chance to learn about Mars and living in space. They will find out about the different planets in the solar system, how to ensure they're fit and healthy for their space mission, how to work as a team, about the geographical features of Mars, how to write their own international rules and regulations for Mars, about the technology that has been used to explore Mars and about what people used to think about Mars in the past.
English and Maths
This half term our Reading and writing learning is centred around a fabulous text. There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar is about a Primary aged bully named Bradley who is always in trouble. We get right into his mind through the authors clever narrative, giving us the chance to discuss important issues such as friendship, bullying, and the links between behaviour and learning. We will be using the text to practice a range of reading strategies in Destination Reader. In writing lessons, we will have lots of opportunities to create imaginative pieces such as diary entries, emails, play-scripts, setting descriptions and even our own dilemma stories.
In maths we will be consolidating our learning across a range of topics as well as filling in any gaps, ready to start the year 6 curriculum in September.