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
Our IPC topic this half term is called Moving People. This unit gives the children a chance to learn about migration. We will begin by sharing and comparing our own personal experiences linked to this topic before looking at examples of migration in history, from prehistoric times, to ancient civilisations to the modern day. We will also at trends of migration and explore links between particular countries. We will be thinking about why some people choose to move to a different country and why others are forced to. This will lead us to consider how migration has an impact on the societies and places that people leave behind, and those that they join at their journey’s end. Building on our learning from last year's Pillowcase Project we will explore how natural disasters influence human migration and how disaster relief charities provide help during such times.
English and Maths
Our class text in English is closely linked to our IPC topic this half term, allowing use to link our learning across the curriculum. The Matchbox Diary is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of a young man who moves from Italy to America in the early 20th century. As we explore this text, we will write a range of different text types, from persuasive speeches to diary entries to fact-files.