Year 5 pupils are demonstrating fantastic interest and engagement during their current topic about the world around us.
Whilst learning about key utilities, they produced model settlements for various groups of inhabitants, ranging from ski enthusiasts to university students. They enjoyed using their knowledge of power stations and individual requirements to build the most efficient and effective area.
The class has also embraced the school’s eco-bricks project, with the two school council representatives delivering training on how to fill the bricks themselves. They are extremely excited about receiving the tables and benches which are expected at the beginning of next term.
The recycling bug has really taken hold as the pupils lead the way with battery and bottle top recycling across prep.
However, the children have also extended the topic to other areas. As they learnt about food miles, they considered the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing products from abroad or from the UK. They produced their very own marketing campaign, which included tv and radio advertisements, posters and campaign leaflets.
They have also considered what changes they can make at home to reduce the amount of water, electricity and CO2 being used – and the financial savings their changes could bring.
Another important issue, which has captured their imagination, is that of palm oil and the plight of the now critically-endangered orang-utans. The children have researched the fundamental concerns and each one has put together a detailed information brochure which highlights the alternatives of sustainable palm oil plantations, designed to persuade their chosen audience to think again before destroying vital forests.
We are so impressed with the attitude of the pupils. They have considered a broad range of issues and are demonstrating an exceptionally responsible attitude which can hopefully bring to life the Laudato Si recently published by Pope Francis. Keep up the good work, Year 5!