The Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America, most of it running through Venezuela (and a bit in Colombia). It is home to many species including the giant anaconda, river dolphins, and the Orinoco crocodile which is critically endangered today. The Orinoco crocodile is one of the world’s longest crocodiles and can reach 20 feet in length.
This week listen to Orinoco class talking about Chinese New Year. Then they sing a Happy New Year song in Chinese and ask each other about their Chinese Zodiac animal.
The children then read the poem Attack of the Vegetables by Gareth Lancaster and talk about artists Gustav Klimt and Claude Monet. At the end you can hear Ms Saeed’s song choice for this week’s Desert Island Disc feature.
Music this week:
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – Theme song
These Days – Nico
The Volga is the longest river in Europe. It flows through central Russia and into the Caspian Sea, and is considered as the national river of Russia.
Listen to Volga class (year 5) talk about astronaut Tim Peake’s launch into space and hear real audio of the launch. The students also talk about life in space, they make a poem from a newspaper page (Beat Box Cat), talk about their typical Christmas and play Repeat at Home: Artists where they try to draw a famous work of art based on someone’s description of it. (See the paintings here and here). Finally, listen to Mr Farrow’s song choice if he was stuck on a Desert Island.
Featured music this week:
Cool For Cats by Squeeze
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love