Welcome back to Term 4!
In topic, we will be looking at rainforests around the world. We will be investigating their climate and identifying the animals that inhabit in them. We will look at the impact of humans on rainforest ecosystems and how we can prevent this. This will involve us looking at deforestation and the effects of colton mining. We will create adverts persuading people to recycle their mobile phones to reduce the amount of colton needed, therefore the amount of deforestation that is happening. We will also be creating our own art work based on Henry Rousseau’s art work. Click here to see our topic web for this term.
In English this term we are reading the book Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis. Set in the heart of the African jungle, the book follows the story of two children imprisoned inside a rebel camp. The children have to work together to stay alive and also to save the fragile wildlife they encounter. Based on the book, we will look at writing a balanced argument about deforestation. We will also use organisational features and our own research to write non-chronological reports about animals found in the rainforest.
In maths this term we are going to be learning about algebra. This will involve children finding rules, understanding substitution and solving values. We will think about ratios, looking at the language of ratio and the ratio symbol before moving onto to look at answering ratio and proportion questions. We will also be thinking about shape – finding the area and perimeter of different shapes as well as thinking about volume. By the end of the term, we will have also looked at metric and imperial measures and converting measures.
This term in science we are looking at adaptation. This will involve us looking at different habitats and how animals have adapted to survive these extreme conditions. As part of this the children will make up their own animal with specific adaptations. In addition, we will focus on eggs and how birds have had to adapt to ensure their young survive. We will investigate why bird’s beaks are different shapes according to the food they eat. We will then finish the topic by looking at how humans have adapted with a focus on eye and hair color. We will link our Forest School work to our science this term too!
In PSHE we will be thinking about how we can keep ourselves healthy, both mentally and physically.
In French, we will be learning to talk about where we live, the homes we live in and the rooms within our homes.
In RE we will build upon children’s prior knowledge of Christianity to further understand practices and celebrations.
This term we are thinking about Outdoor Adventurous Activities in PE, using our Forest School sessions as our PE. We will alternate between Purdown and the school orchard.
- Please ensure that you have a reading book in school
- Homework will continue to be put on Google Classroom but paper copies will still be available. Homework should be returned every Wednesday, ready for homework to be given on a Friday
- Spellings will be sent home on Monday and tested on Friday – please help your child to learn their spellings.
- PE will be Forest School on Tuesdays. Please ensure your child comes into school in their Forest School clothes. Children will need to wear appropriate clothing for this every Tuesday which includes a long sleeved top, long trousers (not jeans), suitable footwear and a coat.
Please don’t hesitate to come and chat if you have any concerns