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Class 5/6 - Oak

Welcome to Oak Class

n Term 2 we concentrated on Central and South America, looking in particular at the Geography of South America. We read the book 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. This captivating adventure story taught us a lot about the Amazon Rainforest, but also helped to think about how we treat and respect others, understanding different cultures and growing up. We investigated deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, looking at the arguments for and against. Following a lively debate, we wrote balanced arguments, taking into account both sides (which we found hard!) and concluding with our personal opinion. We also used the idea from the book that Maia (the main character), felt like and compared herself to Cinderella at times and wrote some amazing twisted fairy tales of our own!

Looking at Central America, we learnt about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. We considered where the Mayans lived, how they lived, what they believed and what they ate. Maize and cocoa were particularly important and we finished the term by trying Mayan Hot chocolate - just like Hot Chocolate now but with added cinnamon and chilli! 

We thoroughly enjoyed making electrical circuits in Science, ending the term by designing and making a Christmas decoration which had to include a working light, switch and a moving part!

In RE, our big questions was 'Was Jesus the Messiah?' We became investigative journalists to research what was said about the Messiah in the Old Testament; we interviewed a volunteer Mary and Joseph to see what they thought about Jesus and the prophecies from the Old Testament and looked at the birth of Jesus in order to help us to write a newspaper report, answering the question and helping us to reach our own conclusions.

We're looking forward to our new Horrible Histories topic in Terms 3 and 4 and will be looking in particular at the Second World War. Please note that PE will always be on a Thursday and Forest School on a Tuesday - please leave kits in school as we will need them on other days as well. Thank you for all your support for Oak Class!

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