¡Bienvenidos a México!
A warm welcome to all visitors to Year 5. My name is Mr Andrews and I am the class teacher for Mexico City. It is so lovely to be back to "normal" ready to start a new year. Prepare to strap yourselves in because, in Year 5, we mean business! Don't panic; there's still plenty of fun to be had as well!
As part of our mini-topic this year, we will be exploring the fascinating sights and celebrations of Mexico particularly focusing on the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival to celebrate the joy of life! We'll also be looking at the superb works of the Mexican portraitist, Frida Kahlo. We'll learn about her style and artistic influences before having a go at our own 'Kahlo-esque' self-portraits.
We will also be dipping into other areas of Latin America such as Brazil and Peru to gain insight to why the other Year 5 classes are named Peru and Rio de Janeiro. We'll delve into the darkest depths of the Amazon Rainforest and discover how human activity is affecting not just plant life, but the whole ecosystem too!
Our topic for the Autumn Term is The Industrial Revolution. You will see just how this Victorian age of invention completely turned the world on its head and shaped it into the one we see today!
I can't wait to get started!
Are you ready for your next adventure?
¡Vamos! Let's go!
Our first half term
What a whirlwind we have had for our first half term this year! Year 5 have certainly hit the ground running!
We've explored the geography and culture of Latin America- particularly in Mexico! We've loved looking at the thrilling Día de los Muertos (day of the dead) festival and how important friends and family are to the festivities. We have also been fascinated by the work of Frida Kahlo and how she demonstrates the ideas of identity and equality in a range of ways. This inspired us to create our own Kahlo-esque self-portraits!
We are full steam ahead with our autumn topic of The Industrial Revolution. We've identified which cities became more developed over this period in history and how this has affected the British landscape. We've located major UK rivers and how these were integral for the transportation and trading of goods across the country and beyond.
In English this half term we have started reading about Jim Jarvis and his adventure as a street child.
What we have found out so far...
Jim lost his father and his home in a cottage leading to him living in Mr Spinks shared house. Unfortunately, Ma sends Jim to buy a pie with her last shilling leading to the family been evicted from there room. Ma takes her three children to see a friend called Rosie. Rosie offers a home to Lizzie and Emily Jim's sisters but can not help Ma caring for Jim. Ma and Jim set off to the workhouse, Ma is too weak and Jim last sees her sent to the workhouse infirmary. Jim was now a orphan. In the story Jim stayed in the workhouse for about a year and then escapes...His adventure as a street child has begun.
I can't wait to see what marvellous things we'll discover next!