Power of Reading
Year 5 and 6- Shackleton’s Journey
Help your child prepare for their project
This half term, we’re going to learn about the coldest places on Earth. Why not watch a documentary such as the BBC Frozen Planet series together? You could also freeze pieces of fruit with fruit juice in lolly moulds, to create frozen treats with a hidden surprise. Alternatively, work together to create a snowy collage.
In the Frozen Kingdoms project, your child will learn about the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. They will learn about the similarities and differences between these two regions, including the climate, landscape and natural resources. They will learn how to use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols to identify the geographical locations of the Arctic and Antarctic, and how these, along with the tilt of the Earth, affect day length and warmth. They will investigate polar oceans to learn how they differ from other oceans on Earth and how climate change increases Earth’s temperature and leads to rising sea levels. They will learn about the indigenous people of the Arctic, including how their lives have changed over time, and about the positives and negatives of tourism in Antarctica. They will also learn about classifying animals, animal adaptations and evolution, and polar exploration and discovery.
Home Learning Ideas… What will you choose to do?!
- Imagine that Earth has entered another Ice Age. Write a diary-style piece describing the changes and how the human race has adapted to cope.
- Find out what natural resources and raw materials are reaped from the Arctic. What impact does this have on the environment?
- Use a range of snowy images to create a polar collage. Remember to use lots of interesting textures, shapes, colours and patterns.
- Make ‘iced jewels’. Mix powder paints and dyes into water, in an array of colours. Pour into an ice cube tray before freezing overnight. Pop the cubes out and explore your iced jewels. What happens if you sprinkle salt on the cubes?
- Make a model of your favourite Arctic animal using clay, dough or recycled materials. Take it into school and explain how you made it.
- Design a pair of snow boots for an Arctic explorer. What materials would you use? What features could they have? Let your imagination run wild!
- Imagine a common domestic animal became an inhabitant of the Arctic or Antarctic. How would it have to adapt to survive there? Longer, thicker hair? What else? Rename your common animal with a more exciting ‘polar’ name!
5SG and 5DB (Wednesday afternoon)
6SB and 6SG (Monday afternoon)
Please ensure your child/ children have full kit so they are fully prepared for their sessions.
Full kit (indoor) includes:
- Black shorts
- White collarless t-shirt
- Sand shoes
Full kit (outdoor) includes:
- Warm outer layers (jogging bottoms/hoody)
Waterproof layers are optional but may keep you comfortable in wet weather- we will be out come rain or shine!
Home reading books
Home reading logs are checked daily for parent signatures and children receive daily Dojo points for reading at home. Children who read five times at home, will have their names put in the raffle which will be drawn weekly.
In addition to a topic homework task of your choice, maths, reading and spelling will be available on the blog each week.
Spellings and times tables will be tested weekly.
As I’m sure you can tell, we’re going to be busy!
Keep up to date with us via our class blogs and get in touch if you need us.
Year 5/6 team