Week 11 - 29.06.20
This week we are learning about two different continents – Australasia and North America. Can you see if you can spot them on your map?
Today we will be focusing on Australasia, which is sometimes called Oceania.
Watch this video to find out more information:
Australasia is the smallest continent on Earth and it is completely surrounded by water. The seasons in Australasia are the opposite from the seasons in the UK. That means, when we have summer, they have winter and when we have spring, they have autumn etc. The largest part of Australasia is a country called Australia. There are lots of other small islands surrounding Australia too, as well as another country called New Zealand.
Now today we are going to learn about, The Great Barrier Reef. First of all, use Google Earth to see if you can find it!
Now watch these videos to find out some information about the Great Barrier Reef:
Your activity for today is to write a persuasive letter to try to explain to people why it is important to protect our oceans. Persuasive writing is when we try to convince a person/group of people to believe an idea or an opinion we have and to take action to do things in a better way.
Here is an example of a persuasive letter to give you some ideas of what to write:
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to you to ask you to encourage people to stop polluting our oceans. Our oceans are being destroyed by people throwing their rubbish on the floor and not recycling their used plastic. This is harming all of the sea creatures and making our oceans dirty. How would you feel if there were plastic bottles, chemicals, and other rubbish thrown around your house? It is really important that humans stop destroying our precious oceans with these careless acts of littering.
The facts show that plastic is a big problem in our oceans because our animals are getting trapped in it and swallowing it. Also plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose, which is a really long time. Think of all of the animals that could die from this!
There are many things we could do to stop this issue from getting any worse. Firstly, we could drink water from the tap instead of using plastic bottles, and remember to turn the tap off straight after so we are not wasting water. Secondly, we could take re-usable bags to the supermarket instead of using plastic bags once. Finally if we see rubbish on the floor or the beach, we could pick it up and put it in the correct bins.
After all, pollution is everyone's problem and we must work together to protect our wonderful oceans for the sea creatures, and the generations of children to come.
Thank you for reading this letter, I hope to hear back from you soon!
Before you write your own persuasive letter, think about some of the reasons why you think it is important to protect our oceans and make a plan using the sheet below. Then once you have made your plan you can write your letter up neatly.
Today we are going to continue learning about Australia and we will be looking at Aboriginal art.
Aboriginal art originated from the indigenous (the native/original) people of Australia, around 30,000/40,000 years ago. Aboriginal art takes many different forms such as, rock painting and engravings, dot painting, sculptures, carving and string art. Aboriginal art can sometimes involve the use of symbols, which often have a secret meaning/message. Many years ago it was a way for Aboriginal people to communicate. It often tells a story and is painted to appear as if you are looking down from an aerial view. You may also see animals and nature in Aboriginal art. This kind of art tends to use natural, earth-like colours, like greens, blues, yellows, browns and oranges.
Now we are going to have a go at making our own Aboriginal inspired art by dot painting. To create our own dot painting we will be using paint and cotton wool buds to paint dots and make patterns in circles, spirals, lines and zig zags. You can have a go at drawing your own creature like a lizard or a turtle and decorating it with dots. Here is a template to help you. Have fun!
Today we are going to learn about North America. North America is the third largest continent in the world. It is made up of 23 countries including the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. South America is located just below North America. Both of these continents are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
Let’s watch a video to find out more:
One of the countries we are going to look at from North America is the USA which stands for the United States of America. Read the powerpoint below to find out some information about this country:
Let’s pick out some key information and make some notes from the powerpoint to plan our fact file.
- Barack Obama was born on ________________________.
- He is from _______________________________.
- He is famous for _________________________________________________________________.
- Interesting facts: _________________________________________________________________.
Now have a go at completing the fact file by using the sheet below:
Today we are learning about another North American country, Mexico. Mexico is just underneath the USA. Read the powerpoint below to find out some more information:
Now we are going to learn about a key Mexican artist, called Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo is a famous artist who is known for painting self portraits (pictures of herself).
Read the powerpoint below to find out some more information about Frida Kahlo:
Today we are going to create our own self portraits – look carefully in a mirror and copy what you see. Here are some of Frida Kahlo’s paintings to help inspire you:
What do you like about her paintings?
Complete the Pobble activity sheet below: