Year 6 News Blog
October 28th 2019
Year 6’s focus this term is sustainable forests and deforestation. To begin the term, we explored different products containing palm oil and queried why this ingredient was widely used. We identified that palm oil is used in most everyday items and were able to make the link between deforestation and the oil. Children generated questions and researched the causes of deforestation beyond palm oil plantations. We then took a deep dive into the history and geography of Borneo and how population changes affected the physical features of the island. We debated and conjectured the advantages and disadvantages of palm oil industry and how it works with the logging companies in increasing the rate of deforestation in Borneo.
Next we focused on unpicking consumer demand for palm oil and the economic development of Indonesia in the last few decades. We then compared and contrasted the human and physical geography of the UK and Indonesia and how this affects the agricultural industry. We were able to conclude that due to the climate and physical location of Borneo, it made it the perfect place to grow the right type of palm trees producing palm oil. As part of our geography, we welcomed a speaker from the Orangutan Foundation. She was able to share with us how deforestation in both Borneo and Sumatra has decimated the orangutan population native to the area.
Later on during the term, we will have the chance to host more visits including a cooking session with ‘Roots to Food’.
In English we have been looking at documentary voiceovers and watched David Attenborough’s documentaries as a stimulus for our writing. We discussed the purpose and audience of a voiceover before generating vocabulary suitable for our writing. We analysed the language of existing voiceovers and what impact these would have on the viewers.
This half term, as part of our Science unit of ‘living things and their habitats’, we visited Woodlands Farm. We too part in a workshop on animals and their habitats and examined the various creatures found in ponds. We also created a classification key and were able to get hands-on experience classifying organisms in the area.
Finally, we have also been thinking carefully about our secondary school selection. The school hosted several secondary schools from the borough; this enables parents and children to meet with key members of staff at the schools and the process was helpful in narrowing school choice.