Hope Class have been learning all about the ‘Amazing Amazon Rainforest’ including its wildlife, plants and its people. We learnt about where the rainforests of the world are found – in the tropics – and made a map with a key to show this. We then looked more carefully at the Amazon and began by thinking about the different layers and the difference between them. We also thought about classifying the rainforest animals found there in different ways and about what life is like for the people who live in the Amazon. We used this information to write a fact file about Rainforests. We also watched an animation of a folk tale from the Amazon about a little boy called Toki and then wrote the story in our own words, including features such as character and setting descriptions, adventurous language, exciting sentence starters and speech. We investigated the work of Henri Rousseau and used this to inspire our own rainforest creations using layers and oil pastels, creating a soundscape of the Amazon using body parts and instruments to go with them. We are really looking forward to our trip to the Living Rainforest in a couple of weeks!
This term we are beginning to discuss how the Amazon is endangered and will be taking this learning on to think about other endangered habitats. We will be answering the question – “What can we do to help?”
The topics we have studied this year are:
Term 1 - Up, Up and Away (adventures in a hot air balloon)
Term 2 - The Ancient Greeks
Term 3 - Anglo Saxons
Term 4 - Under our Feet (volcanoes and rocks)
Term 5 - The Amazing Amazon
Term 6 - Endangered Habitats
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