Year 5 and 6 Guava Tree Class Summer Term

What is there 'moor' to 'sea'?
Using polydron to accurately identify if a net makes a particular 3D shape (which work and which don't) together with multilink to support visualising the volume of 3D shapes and how many extra cubes are needed etc.
Features of the River Dart
 
Having looked at the features of a river, we then had the task of identifying the features that the River Dart has.  Working in teams, we drew the river from source to sea and then painted it.  Looking at the diagrams that we drew, we found the River Dart has: a source, meanders, tributaries, estuary, mouth and a main channel.  Great team work!
Visualising 3D shapes from 2D representations
Independent Learning - Dartmoor
 
We were given 5 specific aspects to do with Dartmoor: climate, bogs, tors, wildlife and geology.  It was up to each group to decide which 4 they wanted to find out about and how they were going to present their findings.  You can see in the photographs below that we had a fabulous time doing this and each group created something very unique to them.
Year 6 Writing Morning
 
Post SATs, we took the opportunity to do a morning of writing.  However, we decided that, after looking at the picture stimulus, to get us engaged, that we would need to create a trailer for our story.  And wow, what an excellent job Year 6 did - the atmosphere in each of the trailers was really clear and this transferred into the writing.

Map Work of Dartmoor and it's Surroundings
 
To kick off our topic, Guava were challenged to use a variety of sources to create an accurate map of Dartmoor and the journey of the rivers to the sea.  They used OS maps, Google Earth on the ipads and smaller, more focused images, of particular areas of Dartmoor.  Quite a tricky job but I must say, everybody managed to include a title, key, rivers of South Dartmoor and the key towns.  Occasionally we had Totnes floating in the sea... but we soon sorted this out!

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