“We are the last generation that can end climate change. We can and we will.” Khishigjargal, 24, Mongolia.
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. 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:
5M – Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
5N – Melting Polar Ice Caps
5G – Sea Pollution
5S – Green Energy
In Science, the children will be learning about why climate change occurs and how it impacts on the natural world. Furthermore, they will also be looking into renewable energy, leading to an investigation into wind resistance and magnetic forces. In DT, the children will apply their knowledge of wind resistance to make wind turbines out of wood with joins.
Throughout this topic, there will be mini outcomes which will evolve from the learning that takes place. After learning about the irreversible impact of global warming on the polar ice sheets, the children will carry out a fundraiser to raise money to sponsor a polar bear as their habitats are being destroyed by climate change. Also, as the children develop an awareness of littering as a form of pollution, they will complete a beach clean to contribute to protecting our local environments. The children will then combine all of their learning about climate change to complete a published book to teach others about how to shape a better future for our world. These books will be sent out to local schools, to help educate others on the small but important changes we can all make to help save our planet.
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