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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

Term 1 - Blue Abyss

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Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit!  We're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. 

What do real divers get up to below the surface?  Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world.  Then go a little deeper into our seas.  Make a model deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth.  Make sure you test it first!  And what are those bright lights in the distance?  It's a group of bioluminescent sea creatures!  Look closely and create a colourful, 3D art exhibition when you rise to the surface.

Flippers on?  Snorkel ready?  Let's head into the blue abyss...

Fun Facts

  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth.  It covers around 30% of the Earth's surface.
  • Seawater is water from a sea or ocean.  On average, every kilogram of seawater contains around 35 grams of dissolved salt.
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.  Covering an area of 350 000 square km, even astronauts in space can see it!
  • More than 1500 species of marine fish, 360 types of hard corals, 200 types of birds and 20 types of reptiles inhabit the Great Barrier Reef, and that's not a complete list.
  • The slowest-moving sea creature is the dwarf seahorse.  It moves at just 152 cm per hour - and you thought snails were slow!
  • An individual fin whale excretes about 970 litres of urine per day.  That's enough to fill up more than three bathtubs!
  • Some submarines can remain submerged for months at a time.  Normally, submarines carry a 90-day supply of food.
  • USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched in 1954.  Nuclear power allowed submarines to operate at high speeds while staying underwater far longer than their diesel-electric versions.
  • Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism and is primarily a marine phenomenon.  Hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates flash their colours in light shows that rival the streets of Las Vegas!
  • Sperm whales are champion divers.  Adults can dive to depths of 2000 metres.  If it's hard to think how deep 2000 metres under the sea might be, try to imagine the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Now picture seven of them stacked on top of each other.
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Term 1 2018 Home Learning - Three pieces due MONDAY 15th OCTOBER.

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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