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 Gray 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
Our IPC topic this half term is The Great, The Bold and the Brave! We will be investigating how western civilisation began with the Greeks and the Romans. Through a range of exciting activities we will discover how these expanding empires spread ideas about politics, education, architecture and entertainment across the globe. We will be finding out:
- About the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta
- How people voted in ancient Greece
- The different approaches to education and how they compare to modern schooling
- How the Persian war brought Greek states together
- About the life of Alexander the Great and what he achieved.
Throughout our learning we will also consider where we get our historical information from and how we know if a particular source is reliable or not.
Our science topic this half term is Living things and their habitats. We will be learning:
- To describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, amphibian, insect and bird.
- To describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
English and Maths
Our English learning will be closely linked to our IPC topic as we will be exploring a modern version of a The Odyssey. This retelling of Homer's epic poem tells the story of a Greek king's dangerous journey back from the Trojan war. In maths we will begin by revisiting place value before spending time on multiplication and division, fractions, statistics and shape.