To coincide with Science Week, this week our work has been around the theme of the plastic ocean.
We have tracked the progress of a piece of garbage as it makes its way around the Atlantic Ocean, washed by the current, to end up in the North Atlantic Garbage Patch near Bermuda.
We have analysed data on plastic production, degradation and distribution on beaches in the UK and have represented our findings using bar, line and pie charts.
Our writing focus has been a narrative, describing the journey of a piece of plastic around the ocean. The children have tried to imagine the weather it encounters and the marine animals it sees, as well as the effects the garbage has on these creatures. Quite a difficult task, but I am really enjoying reading their work so far.
In art we have studied the work of the Japanese artist, Hokusai, and we have created pop art versions of his famous work - The Great Wave.
This morning, a team from Braintree District Council came to visit and we learnt about how materials are recycled into new products. Homework this week is related to recycling and our plastic use. The children need to discover how everyday food items were packaged in years gone by, they could maybe speak to a family member maybe to do this? They need to keep a plastic use diary for a couple of days and decide if the answer to the problem is to stop using plastic or to recycle more plastic.
Have a lovely weekend.