This half term in Jupiter class, we have lots of super exciting topics we are learning about!
In Literacy, we are reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief which is an adventurous quest story in which the Demi-God Percy Jackson needs to retrieve the missing lightning bolt. Firstly, we predicted what we thought the book might be about linked to genre and other books we have read. Currently, we are focusing on creating imagery through using ambitious vocabulary and figurative language.
In Science, we are exploring the human circulatory system, identifying what our blood is made up of and why we need our heart, lungs, veins and arteries to transport oxygen around our body!
In Art, we are focusing on sculpture, exploring the work of artists before creating out very own masterpiece from a range of materials. We have studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create sculptures. We created our own sculptures using natural materials from our school grounds and local area.
In Science this half term we are exploring our solar system to learn more about day and night, why the moon has different phases and also how the planets are positioned in distance from the sun! We have conducted lots of investigations to test our theories and enquiries and we have learned about the career of an astronaut and space engineer!
We have also been busy this half term looking after our caterpillars, which have now transformed into beautiful butterflies!
In Geography, we practised our map reading skills to locate Sao Paulo, Brazil and compared and contrast what life is like there to ours back home in Durham. We found that we have lots of similarities and differences! Our climates are very different, as Sao Paulo is a tropical climate with two seasons: wet and dry, whereas Durham, England is a temperate climate with our 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. However, we do share some similarities such as we both have famous Cathedrals, not to mention both places have an education system. We also had fun researching key physical and human features of each place!
We will be uploading examples of our work very soon!
DT – Cooking and Nutrition
In DT this half term, we have became master stir fry chefs! We explored why vegan/vegetarian lifestyles are becoming increasingly popular due to environmental and ethical factors and what a health diet looks like across different foods groups. We chose meat-free protein sources for our stir fry – Cod, Quorn Chicken and Tofu, along with a range of colourful vegetables that we ensured had a variety of colour, texture and taste. We had fun tasting and evaluating our food to decide which were the best flavours to add into our stir fry! Cutting, peeling and chopping the vegetables was lots of fun and we were very good at it!
Our finished stir fry fit the design brief and was pretty tasty, although not everyone was a fan of the mushrooms and beansprouts!
The topic this half term is ‘Fantastic Forests’. We are learning about different vegetation biomes in the world, including UK forests and global rainforests such as the Amazon. Included in this, we have been classifying different types of trees and exploring global issues such as deforestation and wood plantations.
In Literacy, we are reading ‘The Explorers’ by Katherine Rundell – a story which tells the extraordinary adventure of four young children stranded in the Amazon rainforest after surviving a plane crash! We have been exploring the writer’s use of vocabulary to describe the setting and to create mood and suspense. We are also completing a series of writing tasks including diaries, non-chronological reports, not to mention writing our own adventure story! Take a look at some of our work below.
We have explored and debated the issue of deforestation and we recognise the immediate action that needs to be taken in order to help tackle deforestation in the Amazon and in turn climate change on Earth. This is something Jupiter class feel very passionate about discussed at length. We watched David Attenborough’s documentary and were shocked as the potential effects of our way of life.
As a result, we designed a poster to inform others of the potential and catastrophic effects but also ways in which everyone can act now to help reduce deforestation and climate change.
In addition, we wrote to the Brazilian Prime Minister Mr Jair Messias Bolsonaro, urging him to stop his unlawful actions against the Amazon, as since his election in January 2019, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has increased dramatically.
We are also very busy this half term with lots of other exciting topics in other subjects. Please find out more by reading our topic web below.
This year for Art’s week our theme was COVID-19 to reflect upon such a surreal and difficult year. In Jupiter class, we adopted the style and preferred media of David Hockney and used the Ipad to create COVID at a microscopic level.