Saturn (Year 4)

Saturn Class Summer 2017

Underneath the Canopy!

Together we will be exploring the fascinating environment of  the world’s Tropical Rainforests.


We will be answering the following questions:-

Where are the world’s Tropical Rainforests?

How are they distributed across the Globe? In which Tropics and Countries do these forests flourish?

What are the conditions within the Rainforests?

How does the climate in the Rainforests affect the wide variety of plant and animal species living there? How are animals and plants adapted to this environment?

What is life like for people living in a Rainforest environment? How have the indigenous people survived?

What is happening to the Rainforests today? Why and how can they be preserved?



Literacy, there will be many writing opportunities:

  • A report on the four layers of the Rainforest
  • Read , perform and create Rainforest poetry
  • The children will write a narrative of a Rainforest adventure based upon books we have shared.
  • They will research, plan, share and fact files about creatures of the Rainforest.
  • Whilst discovering what tribal life is like in the Rainforests the children will write a comparative piece – compare tribal life to our daily lives.
  • Non-fiction Report and Persuasive writing will be undertaken focusing upon the vanishing Rainforest.
  • Articles will be written to show how and why Rainforests should be protected –They will prepare role-play situations acting out interviews discussing the threats to the Rainforest. There will be many opportunities for discussion.

Reading will remain at the heart of our learning with extensive exploration of non- fiction texts also the children will combine daily Guided Reading sessions with comprehension lessons. The focus will be on fluency and understanding of inference and authorial techniques. They will continue to develop their sentence level and grammar skills. Grammar lessons will focus upon paragraphing, sentence styles, punctuation and improving editing skills. Weekly spellings will be taught.



Maths will include opportunities to practise calculating using all four mathematical operations, applying these skills to problem solving whilst focusing on measurement, geometry and statistics, which will be linked to our topic as often as possible.

  • Measurement: Using different units of measure, and converting between them. Using measure for length, width, height, perimeter and area.
  • Geometry: We will be looking at symmetry in 2D shapes resented in different orientations, as well as classifying shapes based on their properties. We will learn about different types of angle and compare and order angles by size. We will also describe positions, plot shapes and make translations on a 2D grid using coordinates.
  • Statistics: We will interpret and present data in a variety of graphical methods, and use data in graphs to answer questions and solve problems.




We will use our topic as a focus for learning about living things and their habitats, recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things. We will be learning more about environmental change and how this can affect living things. The children will also be learning about sound, recognising that vibrations from sound travel through different materials before being heard by the ear. We will investigate how different sounds are made and how volume and pitch can be altered, linking this to what we are learning in music.



  • Personal Social and Health EducationJigsaw:-Relationships. Healthy friendships. Changing Me
  • Music – This term we have a visiting music teacher funded by the Dorset Music Service who will be teaching us a wide variety of music skills whilst learning to play samba percussion.
  • Art/ DT– use sketch books to record their observations of the variety of life in the Rainforests complete their own work inspired by Rainforest artists such as Oenone Hammersley.
  • Computing – compiling a glossary using word processing skills –  using the internet to research –
  • Physical Education– We will continue swimming this term, developing our water confidence and technique in a variety of strokes. We will learn and practise athletic and fielding skills which we will apply to a variety of games based on cricket and rounders. We will also be creating dance movement linked to our rainforest topic.
  • French– On going throughout the year – Intercultural Understanding, Language Learning Strategies, Knowledge about Language
  • Religious Education– We will be discussing different rites of passage and how faith and religion influence the way these are marked, with particular focus upon Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah in Judaism. We will learn about and consider the importance of prayer and worship in Christianity and the other religions we have been learning about.


Homework – weekly spellings and continued multiplication tables practice

How you can help your child in Saturn class Reading is so crucial across the whole of the curriculum, the more reading with and encouragement you offer your child the better! Please ask them what they are reading, chat about the stories and information they are interested in. Also visits to the local library to stimulate their interests will really help.

Quick mental maths games, especially those helping your child to learn their tables and number bonds. Remember – by the end of year 4, children should know all multiplication tables to12x. Handwriting practice is also beneficial as now most children are aiming to join their handwriting.

Please do come and ask if you have any queries at all!

Thanks for visiting!

Miss Wall, Mrs Smith and Mrs White