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Year 5

Australia

 

Children used evidence from photographs, paintings and maps to learn more about convicts and how they were transported from England to New South Wales. Our Geography skills helped us locate the different continents and oceans. 

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We learnt how to clean drinking water from billabongs and used this knowledge to help sort different materials in Science..

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After listening to didgeridoo and clap stick music, we notated our own rhythms and played them to the class.

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Using our knowledge of Australian animals, we learnt how to create a simple ICT game with two Australian animals, one chasing the other with scoring and announcements.

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We looked at the art of Rosemary Petyarre and used this as inspiration to create our own versions of Medicine Leaves, using the skills of colour blending and the use of stencils.

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In Victorian History, children studied the Great Exhibition, a show of new and wonderful inventions from all over the world. This inspired pupils to learn more about inventors and how we still use some of their inventions today.

While studying the rainforests of the world, we learnt more about plants, how they reproduce and specifically how seeds germinate in different conditions. We investigated how seeds travel and created our own helicopter seeds that floated away from the parent plant.

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In geography, the children located the countries where tropical rainforests are found on a world map such as Brazil, Papua New Guinea and India. We learned that tropical rainforests are always found near the equator- in between the imaginary lines called the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn where the weather is usually warm.The children also looked into the risks rainforests face such as deforestation. We then thought about ways we can help save the tropical rainforests such as recycling, raising money for charities and educating people.

In Science we looked at the solar system. It is so big we needed a scale plan of the planets as well as scaled down versions of what they might look like. 

 

In art, we learned about a  technique called ‘marbling’ which is a pattern similar to those seen in the planets. We had to drop ink onto several places on the surface of the water then let it spread out by dipping in the tip of a paintbrush. We repeated this process using different colours. Finally, we placed a plain paper on the top of the water so that the ink would transfer to create a marble effect.

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