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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

Term 5 - Road Trip U.S.A.


Road Trip U.S.A.

Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old U.S. of A.!

Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it's time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.  Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to ask the question, 'Do you wish you were here?'

Learn how to send an email to book a day trip or reserve a room.  Make sure you ask the important questions: 'Does your hotel have a pool?  Is there 24-hour room service?'

Meet the Iroquois tribe: Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.  Then plan a bespoke road trip for Mr Smith and his family of four - they want to spend three weeks in the sun.  It's going to be a long ride; put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair...we're off!

Fun Facts

  • The United States of America is the fourth largest country in the world by land area (9.83 million square kilometers) and third by population (around 317 million).
  • The bald eagle is the national bird and symbol of the United States; it is a protected species.
  • The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers combine to form the longest river system in the U.S. and the fourth longest in the world (3709 miles, or 5969 km).
  • 26 states in the United States have names which come from Native American languages.
  • Native Americans do not speak one language.  English is their primary language, but nearly 250 tribal languages are still spoken as a second language.
  • The United States has 59 national parks.  In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the country's first national park.  It was also the world's first!
  • The Statue of Liberty has seven rays on her crown that represent the Sun, the seven continents and the seven seas.  Each measures up to 2.5 m long and weighs as much as 68 kg.
  • At 134 degrees F (56 degrees C), the hottest temperature recorded in the United States was in Death Valley, California on 10th July 1913.
  • The religious leader of each Native American trive was called the shaman or medicine man.
  • A pow wow is a Native American social gathering of individuals from different tribes.  The largest pow wow, called the 'Gathering of Nations', is held every year in the sports arena at the University of New Mexico.
  • The national flower of the United States is the rose, and the national anthem is called The Star-Spangled Banner.  

Term 5 2018 Home Learning - Due Monday, 21st May, 2018

Letter - join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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