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 Bake It! We are going to ﬁnd out about science by making bread. The processes involved in bread-making can teach us how molecules behave in different materials (solids, liquids and gases) and how these materials can be changed. Through a range of exciting experiments, investigations and cooking activities we will be finding out
- How yeast grows
- How carbon dioxide behaves
- Which solids dissolve in water
- How water evaporates
- What happens when foods are heated
- The properties of water
- About solids, liquids and gases
- How we can group everyday materials according to their properties
Children will get the chance to bake there own bread. We will also learn about why bread is important to people around the world and how we can help in places where there are food shortages around the world.
English and Maths
In English our learning will centre around the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. We will be using two fabulous books to learn about Shackleton's courageous expeditions in the Antarctic; ICE TRAP! and Shackleton's Journey. We will study these in reading and English and will create a range of different texts inspired by the story including a newspaper article and a motivational speech. In maths we will be covering multiplication and division, fractions, measuring and time.