Welcome to Year 6
"Is it too late to save the rainforest?"
Photo courtesy of www.wwf.org
This term we will be exploring South America in particular looking at the Amazon Rainforest
and its importance globally. We will also do a river study finding out the effects rivers can have on their environment.
"Gods and Warriors" - Spring Term
We will be exploring why Ancient Greece has had such a long and dramatic legacy as well as working as history detectives to piece together the fragments from the past. We are focusing on the Ideas, beliefs, attitudes (esp. the role of women); Way of life (contrasting Athens with Sparta and grasping that ideas flourished in a society where there were so many slaves to do the hard work!); Achievements in a range of disciplines so that pupils are aware of the heights they scaled compared to other societies at the time; Legacy more than just influence on today but on other periods as well (e.g. Victorians and Tudors). We hope to go on a walk through Cheltenham looking at the architectural influences the Greeks had throughout history.
Waitrose Supermarket Sweep
During our visit to Waitrose, pupils explored the aisles looking for products that originate in South America. Most of the tropical fruits were grown in Brazil with all the melons were grown in Brazil, blueberries from Chile and Brazil Nuts from Bolivia.
We looked closely for logos for FairTrade products including chocolate/coffee/fruit and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logos on many paper, tissue and card products.
We also found Rainforest Alliance products and many of Cadbury's chocolate bars had Cocoa Life logos on them, telling us that the areas produce has been taken from is sustainably grown.
The most worrying find was the use of Palm Oil in hundreds of products and we only found 2 examples of sustainable palm oil (Whole Food Peanut Butter and Kingsmill Bread.
Beneath the Canopy - Autumn Term
This term Year 6 are learning about the importance of the Amazon River and rainforest in S America. The children will journey down the Amazon River exploring key features. They will discover how the rainforest ecosystem is changing, the effect it has on humans living there and explore how we can reduce our impact on rainforests, thinking about deforestation and palm oil.