As geographers and scientists, who protect our spectacular planet, we are going on a journey through our seas and oceans, explaining the impact us humans have on this priceless environment. Along our way, we will discover the impact of this plastic waste and be inspired to create sculptures using discarded plastic and writing persuasively to campaign against it. As our learning lift off this term, we surprised to return from break time to a classroom full of plastic.
We watched some clips about how plastic pollution impacts on our ocean and reflected on how that makes us feel.
We felt 'sad', 'frustrated', 'devastated', heart-broken', 'surprised', 'disgusted' and 'sick'.
Throughout Term 5, we continued to collect plastic recycling.
In art, we then looked at the work of local artists such as Sarah Turner, Steve McPherson and Robert Bradford who used bits of rubbish they found to make pieces of art and sculptures. We considered how the pieces were made and what we liked about them. This inspired us to make our own pieces of art using pieces of plastic we had collected. We thought about how to use layers and make our sculpture effective. We based our pieces of art around our learning on the ocean and plastic pollution.
In English, we decided we wanted to take action on the problem of plastic pollution and wrote persuasive letters about the problem of plastic pollution. We learnt about features of persuasive writing and challenged ourselves to use adventurous vocabulary in our writing.
We also learnt about different types of poetry. We compared the form of Haiku, Cinquains and free verse poems and wrote poems about plastic polution and the ocean.
As mathematicians, we have been learning different methods to multiply and subtract. We have been using concrete resources, such as place value counters, along with number lines and written methods to solve calculation and solve mathematical problems.