Friday 21st October 2022
Talk homework: Can you create a map of your own garden using a title, key, compass points and consideration of scale?
Spellings: boat, float, oak, road, toad
This half-term we have been learning about Life on Land and we decided to write a letter to Sir David Attenborough to explain everything we have learnt. Here is our class letter and we hope you enjoy reading it.
Dear Sir David Attenborough,
We are writing to you today because we are concerned about the future of our planet.
At school this half-term, we have been thinking about the Sustainable Development Goal ‘Life on Land’. We now know how important it is to look after our environment.
In history, we have learnt all about your life and all the good work that you do to preserve the animals and plants that grow on our planet. We went outside and made a timeline of your life so far. We learnt that you have two brothers, and you went to Clare College in Cambridge. We live less than an hour’s drive from Cambridge, and we would love to go to Clare College one day and learn more about the world. We know that you are passionate about preserving our planet, and we understand just how important that is. We learnt that you have made lots of incredible TV shows and watched a clip of Zoo Quest when you put an egg back together and when some of us went home we watched documentaries that you have made. We were very impressed that you have a Knighthood (in fact our teacher told us that you have two).
Also in history, we have learnt that the Leaf Minor moths are damaging Horse Chestnut Trees and 58% of the trees in Europe are classified as vulnerable.
In Geography, we have been learning about how the construction of the A14 has been destroying our local environment. Although we know roads are important, large roads like the A14 can hurt animals by destroying trees and the habitats of the animals that live there. We understand physical features such as trees are important because, they provide habitats and micro habitats for animals, they supply oxygen, give us paper and wooden objects such as clogs, houses and furniture, supply us with fruit and shelter e.g. for lions in the African Savannah.
In art, we sketched and shaded snail shells to appreciate the pattern and beauty in their spiral shells. We thought about where they live and what they eat.
In English, we read a book called The Last Wolf by Mini Grey. In the story, houses had been built around the woods where the last wolf, lynx and bear lived so their woodland trees had been cut down. The animals no longer had enough natural food to eat and were eating out of the bins. We learnt about Lynx, and we now know they are a type of wild cat. They can eat something as big as a deer, they are good jumpers and can jump 2 m high. In fact, we know they climb trees and jump out to get their prey. They are carnivores so they eat meat. We particularly, love the tufts on their ears. We think the tufts might help them hear better or might act like whiskers.
In Science, we thought hard about if a lion cub could live in Antarctica. We decided he would find it very hard because they aren’t camouflaged and would be spotted by a hunter, they would also find it hard to hunt and find their food, without food they won’t survive. In Antarctica, it would be too cold for a lion cub, and their paws would get too cold on the ice. The seawater would be too salty to drink. We realised that a lion cub is adapted to live in The African Savannah.
Pledges from Heron Class:
We promise we will take care of animal homes and provide shelter and food for animals where we can (Darcey). I promise to pick up litter to look after our environment (George). We promise to plant more plants and in science this afternoon we are planting daffodil bulbs and conkers (Matylda K). We promise to make the world a better place (Emily). I will do everything I can to help our planet (Cohen). I will help by feeding the hedgehogs in my back garden (Toby).
River asked if you would come to our school, but we are sure you are extremely busy, but we have learnt from home on Microsoft Teams, so we could always meet remotely!
Love Heron Class.