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Theme 1: Saving the world - Rainforests

 

The Big Idea

Rainforests once covered 20% of our world’s surface. Now they cover only 5%. Every second, an area of the rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed. Some scientists believe that, if we lose our rainforests, we might put our whole planet at risk. What will we do to help save the rainforest?

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About where rainforests are in the world
  • Which rainforest products we use in our everyday lives
  • About the lives of rainforest people and how they compare with our own
  • How and why the rainforest is being destroyed
  • Discovering the ways that people are trying to save the rainforest


In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rainforest body art and painting our faces in a similar style
  • How we can use art to create a rainforest scene


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different rainforest animals and plants
  • Where different animals and plants live in the rainforest
  • About colour in the rainforest and how it is used by animals and plants
  • Why plants have leaves and why they can be different
  • About the best conditions to grow a plant
  • About rainforest fruits and seeds
  • How to grow our own rainforest plant from a seed


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and make our own tropical fruit drink


In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using music


In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using dance and mime


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests


Theme 2: What's on the menu? Survival

 

The Big Idea

Think about all the different meals that you have eaten over the last five days. This might include home meals, school meals and any restaurant meals you have eaten. Have you ever stopped to consider where your food comes from? Who made it? How were the ingredients grown? How many different people were responsible for the food that ends up on your plate? Food is essential. It gives us energy to do the things that we want to do – but how much do we really know about how food is produced and prepared?

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About restaurants in the local area
  • Where our food comes from
  • Which foods are produced locally
  • How food travels to the shop or supermarket
  • About different types of farming
  • What happens on a local farm


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How fruits and vegetables grow
  • How we can grow our own food in the classroom
  • Why a balanced diet is important
  • How to store our food properly
  • What is inside a breakfast egg and how we can cook it


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About popular foods from different periods of history
  • What sailors and explorers used to eat when travelling


In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make bread and butter
  • How we can present food to make it more interesting
  • How to create a healthy fruit sundae
  • How to make freezer jam
  • How we can make models of farm machines


In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different diets and food requirements
  • About different countries and the role of food in their celebrations and traditions


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About local food and customs in the host country
  • How special events are celebrated in our home and host countries
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