The topic this half term is ‘Fantastic Forests’. Children 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.