All of our classes are named after a country or geographical region from around the World.
Keep scrolling down to find out more about our countries!
Reception - The Polar Regions
Miss Morten’s class are known as North Pole Class.
Year 1 - Africa
Mrs Reid’s class are known as Tanzania Class.
Mrs Hopwood’s class are known as Botswana Class.
Year 2 - Australasia
Mrs Floyd’s class are known as New Zealand Class.
Year 3/4 - Asia
Miss Sweeney’s class are known as Japan Class.
Mr Tennant’s class are known as China Class.
Year 5/6 - The Americas
Mrs Chadwick’s class are known as Mexico Class.
Mrs Lord’s class are known as U.S.A. Class.
Miss Vose/Mrs Simmonds’s class are known as Brazil Class.
The Polar Regions
In Reception we will be exploring both ends of our Globe! We will be looking at the North Pole and the South Pole !
We are really cool in Reception yet already we can tell you that our class has a wonderfully warm feeling as we are getting to know each other as one big team.
The North Pole is the most northerly point on earth, and lies directly opposite the South Pole. Nobody actually owns the North Pole, although dozens of planes fly over it every day. It is very icy in the North Pole and if you stand at the North Pole, whichever direction you go in you are heading south.
The South Pole, Antarctica ,is the southern most continent on our planet Earth. Antarctica is bigger than Europe and almost double the size of Australia.
Did you know that because it experiences such little rain, Antarctica is considered a desert?
While humans don’t permanently reside in Antarctica, several thousand people live and work at various research facilities found on the continent.
A number of plants and animals have adapted to survive and call the icy continent their home.
Well known animals that live in Antarctica include penguins and seals. We cannot wait to find out which animals you may find in the Arctic. Look at our Class page to keep up with the very cool and exciting learning we will get up to this year.
Tanzania is located in East Africa and shares a border with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Off the coast of Tanzania lies the Indian Ocean. The United Republic of Tanzania was formed in 1964, following the merger of two sovereign states, Zanzibar and Tanganyika. Tanzania is the 13thlargest country in Africa, spanning 947,300 sq. km (UK is approx. 240,000 sq. km) and is home to approximately 60 million people. It boasts a truly remarkable landscape, including the Serengeti, Ruaha and Tarangire National Parks; three vast lakes - Victoria, Tanganyika and Nysa, not to mention Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 meters is Africa’s highest mountain! Unsurprisingly, Tanzania attracts tourists from all over the world who want to experience its rich natural beauty, biodiversity and see first hand Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinoceros.
Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa, bordering Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia. It is similar in size to France but with a much smaller population. In fact it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Over 10% of the 2,100,000 population live in the capital city of Gaborone. Botswana is a wealthy country by African standards. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world it has transformed itself into one of the world's fastest-growing economies. It contains extensive mineral resources such as the Jwaneng Diamond Mine, the richest in the world, which was found when termites pushed specks of diamond to the surface. Prince Harry even sourced the central diamond for Meghan Markle’s engagement ring from Botswana! Nearly 40% of the land is national parks and wildlife reserve, providing large areas for animals to roam. Much of the country is flat and 70% of the land in Botswana is a haven for endangered species. The Okavango Delta covers 85% of the country - is known as the jewel in the Kalahari. Fed by annual floodwater from Okavango river, the vast delta supports a wide array of African wildlife from hippos to elephants. Huge herds of zebra and wildebeest make an annual migration to find food and water.
Interesting fact: Botswana has more elephants than anywhere else in the world!
Australia is a country in the Southern hemisphere and belongs to Oceania. It is considered to be the largest island in the world. Australia is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It is the sixth largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, USA, China and Brazil. The country is divided into six states. The main cities in Australia are: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra (capital city). The cities are all located at the coast or close to the coast. The first people to inhabit Australia were the Aborigines. Aborigines have a deep spiritual connection with the land and portray this in their art and culture.
New Zealand (or land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
The country is made up of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, from vast mountain ranges, steaming volcanoes to sweeping coastlines. It is a natural playground for thrill seekers and adventurers and those who simply want to visit for the culture and landscapes.
1.4 billion people live in the third biggest country in the world, China. China is a huge country in Asia next to 14 other countries. That’s a fifth of the whole population on Earth! The capital city is Beijing where the Summer Olympic Games were held in 2008. People in China speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese. Over the centuries many emperors ruled the country. The last emperor of China, was Pu Yi who gave up his throne in 1912. The current president of the People's Republic of China is Xi Jinping. Most people will have heard of the Great Wall of China; a 5,500 mile long stone wall which spans across the whole country and was once the border of the old Chinese Empire. Unsurprisingly it is the longest wall in the world. Today China is home to people from a variety of cultures and religions who all share the national symbols of the dragon and giant panda.
If you are looking for colour, vibrancy and animal diversity – India is the country for you! India is the 7th largest country in world and over 1.2 BILLION people live there! 80% of the population class themselves as Hindus, other religions practiced in India are Sikhism, Buddhism and Islamism, but there are many more. India is the only country in the world to have both lions and tigers live there, with the tiger being their national animal and peacock being their national bird. The Indian flag is made up of three stripes. The top is saffron which is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. The middle band is white which represents peace and honesty and the bottom stripe is green, this is a symbol of hope and love. The blue wheel in the middle is a symbol of truth, loyalty and justice. The flag was designed over 70 year ago when India was given independent status from the British Empire. The country boasts many magnificent buildings, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal, which is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Rice and curry are the main type of food eaten in India, they use different blends of herbs and spices to create tasty variations of the spicy food. India is full of beautiful fabrics that are used to make saris for women. The fabrics are normally bright colours and are decorated with intricate embroidery and beads. India has a thriving film industry, the centre of which is referred to as Bollywood. These films are uplifting musicals which celebrate the Indian people’s love of music and bhangra dancing. While a small minority of India’s population are wealthy, the majority are poor. Children often have to work to help support their families, and many can not read or write.
The Japanese name for Japan is ‘Nippon’ which means ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. The reason for this is because it was once believed that Japan was the first country to see the sun rise. The red circle in the centre of the flag symbolizes the sun. The white background symbolizes the honesty of the people of Japan and the red of the circle represents a prosperous future. Japan belongs to the continent of Asia and is found along the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ which means it has many volcanoes and earthquakes. Japan is made up of 6,852 islands! The capital city is Tokyo which is where the Summer Olympic games will be held in 2020. The main religions in Japan is Shintoism and Buddhism. Surprisingly, almost three quarters of Japan’s land is either forest or mountains which makes it difficult to build farms or houses on. Japanese food has become very popular around the world, this includes Sushi. In fact, the japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, around 17 million tons per year! Japan has many beautiful places to visit this includes Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan at 12,388 feet (3,776 m). It is considered a sacred mountain to many Japanese. More than one million people climb Mt. Fuji every year during the official climbing season of July and August. There are also lots of McDonald’s to visit, with more than 3,000, the largest number in any country outside the U.S. Did you know some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese? These include Sony, Nintendo and Toyota. Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries when it comes to things like cars, electronics and robots. Infact Japan have made a range of human-like robots. Imagine if they could do all our cleaning for us! They also have trains that “float” above the tracks by magnets which can go 311 mph! Today in Japan, there are more pets than children, the birth rate is so low that there are more adult nappies sold than baby nappies each year.
Mexico is located directly south of the United States on the North American continent. Its official name is the United Mexican State. Alongside sharing a border with the United States, which is the second longest border in the world at around 2,000 miles long, Mexico also shares borders with Belize and Guatemala.
Mexico is home to over 113 million people which is almost twice as many as living in the UK. Spanish is the official language spoken in the country however over 60 languages are still spoken in Mexico today.
Food from Mexico encompasses a wide variety of herbs and spices and is commonly enjoyed across the world too: burritos, enchiladas, tacos and even chocolate which originated from Mexico.
Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes. The left green stripe stands for hope, the middle white stripe represents purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of those who died fighting for Mexico's independence. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend.
Brazil is the largest country in the continent of South America as well as one of the most diverse and fascinating nations in the world. This country is filled with a rich dose of history, culture, religion and great sports as well. The hugely popular Carnival, outrageous costumes, street dancing and parties that carry on until dawn, bring the cities to life. With intriguing people, plants and animals this country is surrounded by a fantastic Amazon rain forest and beautiful tropical oceans. Home to the amazing Amazon Forest, with the highest number of plant species in the world; Brazil is the most unique destination with more than 1km of rain forest housing more than 100,000 tons of living plant life. I cannot wait to explore this incredible location with you as we use all our senses to discover BRAZIL!
The United States of America (U.S.A.) – often referred to as Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!
The USA is a world leading country on the North American Continent. It is made up of fifty states and is the fourth largest country in the world with 400,000,000 people living there! The USA is home to many famous people and landmarks. Among its famous citizens are: Neil Armstrong - the first Man on the Moon, Serena Williams - winner of the most women’s tennis titles, Usain Bolt – record holding sprint runner and of course, Dolly Parton – music legend and general superstar!
Many of these famous people have a star in their honour on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
If you flew over the USA some of the landmarks you may are: The Statue of Liberty, The Grand Canyon, Empire States Building, Mount Rushmore and The Golden Gate bridge.
The most popular team sports in the USA are American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey. The USA is always in the news and has a rich and varied history. What other fun facts do you know about it?