"I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."
Greta Thunberg, 2018
During the Autumn Term, Year 5 will be learning about the causes and implications of climate change and investigating how they can undo damage that is ruining the planet. Climate change is here, and it is real. As its impact intensifies over time, it is the children and young people of today who will face the worst effects and therefore the children will learn how crucial their role is in shaping the future for generations to come.
Each class will be themed accordingly and decorated as:
5S (Miss Saville) – Green Energy
5R (Mrs Richards)– Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
5D (Miss Davies) – Sea Pollution
In science, the children will be learning about why climate change occurs and how it impacts on the natural world, such as the devastation to sea ice in the Arctic. The classification of animals will be explored and how climate change is affecting their habitats and reproduction, leading to extinction or risk of extinction to certain species. Furthermore, they will also be looking into renewable energy and why it is pivotal in improving the climate of our world. The children will also investigate wind resistance and the forces acting on a turbine. In DT, the children will apply their knowledge of wind resistance to make wind turbines out of wood with joins. In art, the children will develop their sculpting technique by creating realistic sculptures of polar bears. Similarly in music, the children will be given a chance to create a climate change based piece of music, using glockenspiels and other percussion instruments. In geography, climate change is explored through learning about the ocean conveyor belt and how it is damaged by climate change. This destruction to the planet will be demonstrated by the children using green screening in ICT, to show how animals and the environment are being ruined.
Throughout this topic, there will be mini outcomes which will evolve from the learning that takes place. At the end of the topic, the children will develop a legacy project where they will fundraise towards recycling facilities at school, for pupils, staff, parents, and the wider community, to use. Their fundraising will develop an awareness of littering as a form of pollution, as they will complete a beach clean to contribute to protecting our local environments. These recycling facilities will allow the children autonomy in how their actions can positively impact upon the world.
“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” - Greta Thunberg, TEDx 2018.